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Dr. Jon Cleveland

Student Career Development KC Chair-Elect

Executive Director of Career Services
Colorado State University


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Candidate Statement

I am very excited at the possibility of deepening my involvement with the Student Career Development Knowledge Community (SCDKC) as the incoming Chair. The opportunities offered through the SCDKC have created meaningful opportunities for colleagues around the country to learn from one another, expand their professional networks, and build community. In my experience, student career development and career services generally, like all areas of higher education, are best accomplished when one has access to a community of professionals engaged in similar work. 

After the 2021 Annual Conference, I will conclude my second year serving as the National Conference Engagement Chair. The work the SCDKC has accomplished in the recent past has been substantial and I hope I made meaningful contributions to those accomplishments. Leading up to the 2020 Annual Conference, we were able to define strong processes (appropriate timelines, successful volunteer recruitment, effective program vetting, etc.) and build an impressive series of events (four KC-sponsored programs, open meeting, KC reception, and a critical issue discussion). While the 2020 conference did not happen as planned, we were then successful in pivoting our conference sessions to offer our constituents a summer series of professional development opportunities. Outside of the conference itself, our KC has also re-written our strategic goals and centralized equity and inclusion in career services (something, in my opinion and experience, is largely lacking). Pushing the field around equity and inclusion has positioned us as leaders in this work and, more importantly, positioned the function to achieve greater student success. As the Chair, I would be honored to continue moving all of this work forward. 

As a candidate, I bring more than 18 years of professional experience, including nine years in career services (as an advisor, assistant director, director, and executive director) and industry work. Within career services, these roles have spanned many areas: career advising, employer relations, career courses, student employment, experiential education, assessment, strategic planning, and operations. My strengths include organization, follow-through, and setting and achieving goals. I believe the combination of my breadth of experience, personal skillset, and existing experience with the SCDKC, position me well to take on the Chair role. 

My goals as the incoming Chair would be to continue the great work the KC is currently accomplishing: offering meaningful learning and networking opportunities to our constituency, actively recruiting members to fill our different Board positions, establishing a pipeline of leaders interested in assuming greater leadership positions, running sound processes on well-established timelines, preparing our constituents for future directions in the work, and further pushing the field of student career development and career services to center equity and inclusion. 

I would be honored to be selected as the next Chair of the SCDKC. Similarly, I know there are lots of exceptional people out there and I am excited for whomever ends up being chosen. Regardless of the outcome, I will be excited to continue my involvement with NASPA and the SCDKC.