Bob Orndorff, D. ED.
Dr. Robert Orndorff presides over JAZ Consulting, a consulting and publishing company he founded in 2003. Dr. Robert Orndorff is currently the Associate Director of Recruiting & Employer Relations for Penn State Career Services. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. During the past 20 years, Bob worked as a Career Development Specialist and Career Coach in Higher Education and Private Industry. Bob received a doctoral degree in counselor education (specializing in management and career development) from Penn State University.
Dr. Orndorff has written and published numerous books and articles in both Career Development, Character Education, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Bob has been published in a national journal, the Journal of Counseling and Development, a national magazine, ASCA School Counselor, in national online publications (Career Convergence, CareerPlanit, College Parents of America) and quoted in both the U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek. Bob was the sole author of The Unofficial Guide to Finding the Perfect Job, published in 2000 by IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., and re-published by Petersons as The Insiders Guide to Finding the Perfect Job. The 300-page job-search book was written for a wide audience, ranging from high school students to re-careering experienced adults. In addition, Bob wrote a featured job search article in Job Choices 2001, 2002, and 2003, a magazine published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and distributed annually to most colleges and universities in America. Bob wrote and self-published a book in 2003 called, Becoming the Best Me, featuring career and character essentials highly sought after by 21st Century recruiters. He then wrote the 2nd edition of Becoming the Best Me in 2004 and the 3rd edition in 2009, both published by JIST Publishing. In 2005, Bob co-authored a childrens book, My Career Adventure: Careers Are Everywhere, incorporating character education concepts. In 2006, Bob co-authored The Character Development Scale – an assessment instrument for middle school and high school students to evaluate their character traits. Most recently, Bob co-authored a book, The PITA Principle: How to work with and avoid becoming a Pain In The Ass, which was published in August 2008 and widely distributed within the Business section of major bookstores across the country.
Bob is also a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at regional and national conferences. In 2004, Bob gave a Keynote Address at a national Character Conference in Indianapolis. Bob spoke on the integration of career and character development as a featured speaker at Careers Conference 2005, 2006, and 2010 in Madison Wisconsin. In 2006, Bob was the Keynote Speaker for the Mid-west Regional Character Education Conference. In the Fall of 2006, Bob was asked to be one of the keynote speakers along with Richard Bolles (Author of What Color is your Parachute?) at the Job Search Success Conference in Indianapolis. Bob was also asked to keynote the state-wide PA Educational Office Professionals conference in 2004, 2007, and 2009. In 2007, Bob co-created a career enrichment seminar for Penn State employees at various campus locations across Pennsylvania, and he has delivered these seminars each of the past three years (2007–2009). In 2008, Bob was the Keynote Speaker at the Focus on Strong Families conference in State College, PA. In 2008 and 2009, Bob presented a 3-hour professional development seminar to over 300 staff members in the Lancaster and Lebanon PA schools. Bob delivered the Keynote address at two state-wide conferences: the Annual PennACE (PA Association of Colleges & Employers) and MCDA (Maryland Career Development Association) conferences in 2009 and 2010 respectively, addressing coping strategies for dealing with difficult (PITA) coworkers. Most recently, Bob conducted day-long trainings for Army personnel in the Pentagon and Educational leaders and administrators for IU 7 (Westmoreland Schools) and IU 10 (Centre County & surrounding areas).
Along with Penn State, Bob has worked at four other universities: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Moravian College, and Elon University. While at Georgetown, Bobs program, The Strategic Job Search, won a national award for the best educational program related to career services in the nation and was highlighted on Good Morning America. At Moravian, Bob received two awards, The Timothy M. Breidegam Memorial Service Award, presented to the faculty or administrator who has provided exceptional service to the college community, and the Administrator of the Year Award. In 2005, Bob was presented one of only four Outstanding Young Alumni awards as a graduate of Shippensburg University. Finally, in 2007 Bob received the Vice Presidents Above and Beyond award for his outstanding service to Penn State students and colleagues.
In addition to working in higher education, Bob is a career consultant in the education and business industries. Bob and his brother Erik, a middle school principal, co-directed a leadership camp during the summers of 2005, 2006, and 2007 which honored 60 high school students across Pennsylvania who exemplify strong character. He also served as the lead consultant with the Alamance-Burlington NC Area Schools on developing a comprehensive career development program (K-12). Additionally, Bob has worked with adults in private industry as an interpersonal and outplacement consultant. In 2003, Bob started a small company, JAZ Consulting, LLC, to facilitate his various speaking and consulting activity. In the State College community, Bob is active as a little league basketball and baseball coach and a thought-piece columnist on Fathering for the Centre Daily Times. Bob and his wife, Chris, and children Jessie, Addie, and Zach reside in State College, Pennsylvania.