General Manager of Career and Advising Center (CAC)

Astana (KZ)
15 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Nazarbayev University

Astana, Kazakhstan

Background: Nazarbayev University (NU), an autonomous, English-language institution modeled on Western universities, was created in 2010 by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to become the country’s first world-class research university. Sited at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and thanks to abundant oil, gas and valuable minerals, Kazakhstan is the most economically advanced of the countries in its region. A secular, unitary constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage, Kazakhstan has 99.5% adult literacy. Kazakhstan has a 2050 strategy to become a knowledge-based economy. 

The University: Nazarbayev University is a rapidly developing independent research university based in the capital city Astana, a 21st century showplace with a profusion of bold and futuristic architecture. The activities of the university reflect the country’s priorities, including the development of advanced research capacity, innovation in technology and industry, and a transition to a system of education that meets the demands of a changing and integrated economy. Working with international standards and the principles of academic freedom, the university enjoys special state funding and unprecedented autonomy and independence. 

Position name    General Manager of Career and Advising Center (CAC) 

Key and functional tasks of the Department  
NU CAC provides comprehensive career services to encourage
students’ excellence in career development, preparing for
professional environment, creating and promoting strong
partnerships with NU students, alumni, employers, Schools, and
overall university community.

Key and functional tasks of the position  

  • аnalyze the labor market trends; 
  • conduct Surveys among Employers, students & Graduates to propose new policies and procedures in the directions related to the enhancement of CAC activities; 
  • evaluate the Student Professional Development Program (Skills Development Program) and other CAC events to ensure it meets market needs and communicate recommendations to the University Schools and Office of Provost; 
  • facilitate, coordinate and train CAC staff in  designing and conducting career/sharing the University experience related webinars;
  • develop, coordinate and facilitate  professional course for career preparedness of the University students including online and hybrid modules; 
  • plan and carry out strategies and policies to strengthen engagement of the University students and graduates in CAC activities; 
  • work and advise faculty and Schools administrators in cooperation with the Office of Provost on methods to enhance quality of career education/experiential learning to expand CAC participation;
  • coordinate the development of Annual Plan of activities within CAC strategic plans;
  • cooperate with CAC colleagues in  building partnerships between CAC and external communities (government, public sector, business, non-profit entities) and represent the University at various functions to gain exposure in the University students and graduates;
  • assist with management of CAC CareerNet and AlumNet (powered by Symplicity and other providers); routinely contact and  update employer data and professional contacts;
  • provide group and individual career advising to the University students and graduates;
  • supervise CAC  marketing materials; 
  • participate in identification, evaluation, management and monitoring of risks within the framework of supervised direction;
  • timely and proper fulfillment of other orders of the Head of CAC and the University management within the framework of his/her responsibilities and powers.

Higher-professional, preferably from the higher education institutions with the English language of instruction

Required professional experience
Required work experience is defined in accordance with standard qualifications for administrative positions at the autonomous organization of education “Nazarbayev University”:

  • for a PHD degree holder –at least 3 years of work experience with 1-2 years in a supervisory position;
  • for a Master`s degree holder  - at least 5 years of work experience with 2-3 years in a supervisory position; 
  • for a Bachelor`s or a Specialist`s degree holder -at least 7 years of work experience which either contains 2-3 years in a supervisory position or is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified, or was accumulated in the context of national and/or international companies or at least 3 years of work experience at Nazarbayev University

Professional competence and personal qualities  

  • skills in managing strategic and operational plans and policies;
  • decision making skills;
  • analytical skills;
  • management skills (goal setting and planning, allocation of responsibilities);
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • ability to assess, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks;
  • ability to present to small and large audiences on career-related topics;
  • proficiency with social media, internet use and research stress resistance;
  • Nazarbayev University competency model;
  • critical thinking;
  • building effective relations;
  • interpersonal skills;
  • ability to work in team;
  • responsibility;
  • distinguished leadership skills

Proficiency in languages
Fluency in Kazakh, Russian and English

Computer Literacy
High PC Proficiency (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office)