TPE Continues to Evolve

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    Mary DeNiro & Kevin Kruger
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In 2008, ACUHO-I and NASPA joined together to establish The Placement Exchange (TPE) to help ease the job search process for student affairs professionals and hiring institutions. Over the last decade, this partnership has evolved into a program that is built by student affairs professionals for student affairs professionals and has the capacity to meet the changing needs of our profession.

TPE truly has become the preeminent career placement service for the broader student affairs profession. TPE facilitates an average of 12,000 onsite interviews each year, and, in the past two years, more than 2,800 positions have been posted on the TPE online job board. In addition, TPE provides assistance to job seekers so that they can become more competitive candidates for positions in the field. As a clear testament to the value of TPE, 98 percent of candidates and employers who participated in our TPE Onsite event last year indicated they would recommend TPE to others.

Over the years, the hiring process has changed, and finding the right talent is a greater challenge than ever. The traditional “hiring season” has evolved from a few months in the spring to an almost year-round initiative as more positions in a greater number of functional areas are available. The nationwide increase in the mobility of the workforce means that more diverse candidates are exploring positions at a broader array of institutional types, geographic regions, and organizational levels. 

Continued Evolution

TPE has always had and will continue to maintain, a year-round job board. However, that is not enough to meet the current placement needs of our field. To that end, we are excited to share a number of ways that TPE continually evolves to meet the changing dynamic of the student affairs profession.

  • TPE continues to enhance our educational resources from basic preparation for a face-to-face placement experience to career development resources offered throughout the year. This evolution is grounded in our belief that professional growth transcends the job interview. TPE seeks to better equip candidates with skills that help them plan realistic and progressive career trajectories, improve their application packages, become stronger in the interview process, and better identify fit with different functional areas and institutional cultures. 
  • Through webinars, TPE brings unique career development expertise to the desks of candidates and employers alike. Our Candidate Coaches provide opportunities for 1-to-1 preparation that addresses specific concerns candidates may have as they enter and change positions in the field. 
  • At the TPE Onsite event, both candidates and employers have asked for strategies to maximize their interviewing time, while allowing for downtime during the event. To that end, we have changed the schedule for the spring TPE Onsite event. In 2018, onsite interviews will begin Wednesday afternoon and conclude on Saturday.
  • There has been an increase in the number of positions that become available late in the spring through the start of the fall semester. To help support this, TPE will pilot a summer TPE Onsite event in Denver, Colorado, July 6-7, 2018. Both employers and candidates will have access to the same great resources and amenities of the existing TPE Onsite Event during an emerging crucial time in the search process.

Continued Support

We would like to thank our sister association partners for their continued support of student affairs professionals as they find new institutional positions and develop an association home for their careers. The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), NODA - Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education, the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), and have been with us from the beginning and continue to be strong partners in making TPE happen.

Additionally, TPE wouldn’t be what it is today without the investment of time and energy from student affairs professionals and their home organizations. ACUHO-I and NASPA are committed to continuing to push TPE to best serve our profession this year and beyond.

Mary DeNiro
CEO / Executive Director
Association of College and University Housing Officers - International

Kevin Kruger
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

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