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Whittier College, Assistant Director, Career Development Programming and Evaluation/Career Counselor
General Position Description
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TITLE: Assistant Director, Career Development Programming and Evaluation/Career Counselor, WHITTIER COLLEGE
POSITION NUMBER: AD0239
CLASSIFICATION: Admin JOB NUMBER:
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt FTE: 1.0
DEPARTMENT: Career Services MONTHS: 11-month
POSITION REPORTS TO: Assistant Dean, Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development
SUPERVISION GIVEN TO: Work-Study Students
POSITION SUMMARY: Creates, implements, and evaluates career development programming to achieve the mission goals of the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development and Whittier College. Devise career development and career readiness programming that promotes the development of critical career competences to help students prepare and compete in the global and interconnected workplaces of today economy. This position develops the program structure for the effective execution and evaluation of campus wide career development events, trainings, internships, workshops, and courses. The position instructs a career development undergraduate class. Provides one-on-one counseling to students, and alumni of Whittier College, assisting them with career exploration, as well as internship and job search strategies that best enhance the development critical career competencies. The counselor also helps with the development of appropriate job search tools, interview strategies, and professional development.
The position encompasses five distinct areas of responsibility which include:
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Programming and Evaluation
- Devise, implement, and evaluate career development programming to help engage students in the development of their critical competencies including innovation and creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration, informational technology application, leadership, professionalism and work ethic, and career management.
- Collaborate with the Assistant Dean to insure career development programming objectives are met through appropriate evaluation of career development programming of Career Center events, trainings, internships, and courses.
- Collaborate with Career Center staff to envision, plan, and coordinate other career related programs and services as needed. Participate in development of campus-wide assessment of learning outcomes for the department and related programs via collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research, and other campus entities including but not limited to the President’s Office, Alumni and Development, Faculty Masters, and members of the Faculty.
- Individually counsel students and alumni regarding the career decision making and planning process, specifically assisting them in applying the liberal arts education to creating a tangible career plan.
- Use career-related assessment instruments including the MBTI, and Focus 2.
- Assist students in the job/internship search process including resume writing, interviewing and job search strategies.
- Specifically create and administer new programs and initiatives that support the career development of the first year students and the undeclared majors in the sophomore class.
- Provide programming support and advisement to increase the motivation and readiness of all students to apply to graduate school, but specifically target under-represented groups.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of current employment trends.
- Teach one section of INTD 14 Career Planning for Juniors and Seniors and/or INTD 13 Career Planning for Freshmen and Sophomores per semester.
Peer Career Advising Program
- Hire, train and supervise the peer career advisors (PCAs) specifically assigned to provide peer coaching, workshops and events to peers.
- Evaluate all student PCAs
- Design and facilitate Peer to Peer advising training and consistent, ongoing professional development meetings with each PCA throughout the academic year.
- Coordinate PCA staff shifts and access/use of handshake.
- Evaluate all PCA sessions and ensure that additional training and support is provided individually to each PCA based on assessment data.
Campus Engagement and Student Success
- Participate in Whittier College first-year and transfer Student Orientation.
- Seeks ways to provide career readiness curriculum integration through faculty partnerships, specifically faculty masters.
- Collaborate with the Office of Alumni Relations on initiatives for engagement of students and alumni with an emphasis on undeclared majors.
- Collaborate methods to engage first year students through Residential Life and the Director of First Year Programs.
- Other duties as assigned
Non-Essential Functions of the Job:
- Represent the College as appropriate in its relationship with the community, government agencies, professional organizations, and other groups.
- Attend division wide meetings.
- Serve on institutional committees as requested.
POSITION SPECIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to work independently with a high level of initiative. High level of understanding of the liberal arts educational and small school environment. Experience with a diversity of students of traditional college age. Excellent verbal, writing, organizational, and presentation skills are essential. Must be able to assist and advise students in the general job/internship search and graduate/professional school process through counseling, researching, exploring and planning. Must be able to analyze, design, deliver, and evaluate appropriate career development programming including courses, workshops, information sessions, and career-related presentations. Familiarity with web-based and electronic resources used in career services strongly desired. Familiarity with social media tools desired. Require strong interpersonal skills for effectively building rapport with diverse student body.
Previous Experience: Minimum of three years related work experience in Career Counseling, Student Personnel Administration, Recruiting, or Counseling required. Coursework and/or experience in program design and evaluation and/or career development training and evaluation required. Experience and/or knowledge of career development program design and evaluation. Background in career development training with an emphasis on career development for liberal arts students. Excellent counseling and advising skills required with demonstrated knowledge of career development. Experience in an academic environment, preferably with career development, career planning or internships. Experience administering and interpreting assessment tools such as MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory strongly desired.
Knowledge and Education: Master’s degree in Career Counseling, Counseling, Higher Education Counseling, or Student Personnel Administration required. Demonstrate a deep understanding of diversity and social justice principles, a personal demeanor that inspires collaboration within the division of Student Affairs and throughout the campus and community, and a penchant for continuous learning and improvement.
Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices and Software: Normal office equipment and office software programs including Microsoft Office, Handshake, Survey Monkey, Qualtrics, or other survey software.
License(s) and Certificate(s): MBTI
Physical Activity/Effort: Position involves normal physical activity, such as sitting for extended periods, operating a computer. Some lifting of items as needed for events. Must lift 40 to 50 lbs.
Otis College of Art and Design, Executive Director of Career Services
Executive Director of Career Services
The Executive Director of Career Services (ED) manages the staff and operations of a career services department for both on and off campus student employment opportunities. The ED links various constituencies (i.e., students, faculty, staff, alumni, and employers) in a mutually beneficial career advisement and job/internship program. The Executive Director is charged with developing and sustaining new and critical employer relations that are industry specific and meet the needs of current students and recent graduates. The ED will lead assessment efforts within their area to be able to communicate to the larger campus community and prospective students, parents, and employers. The ED will work in tandem with the Director of Alumni Relations within the Institutional Advancement department to conduct coordinated outreach efforts to Otis College alumni in an effort to increase alumni relationship to the campus. The ED must strategically work with alumni in ways that further engage them through new employer/internship leads. This position reports directly to the Dean of Student Affairs.
Los Angeles, CA (Westchester)
Essential Duties Summary
- Manages a career services department including on and off campus employment opportunities. Sets goals, objectives, and priorities. Plans and develops new or enhanced programs for the delivery of services such as career planning, job search, internships, and job placement for students. Measures effectiveness and quality of operations through coordinated assessment efforts.
• Directly supervises the Assistant Director, Internship Coordinator, and Student Employment Coordinator. Recruits, screens, hires, orients, and trains staff. Evaluates employee performance and provides guidance and feedback. Counsels, disciplines, and/or terminates employees, as required.
• Oversees student employment and ensures compliance with immigration laws for international student workers. Manages and trains staff to provide counseling to international students seeking CPT work authorizations and OPT work permits and ensures that appropriate documentation and guidance is being offered.
• Plans activities, events, and other programs, which actively promote students and the College to local and national employers. Plans and delivers presentations, schedules site visits with employers, plans direct mail campaigns, and develops publications to support Career Services marketing efforts.
• Counsels or advises students and alumni regarding career issues and strategies, job search methods, resume preparation, internships, job placement, and related matters. Provides professional guidance to career advisors and assists them in problem resolution as needed. Oversees the development of workshops and seminars covering career topics.
• Communicates with industry leaders and company representatives to understand and translate industry and professional needs into effective career placement for students. Maintains current knowledge of employment trends and emerging career opportunities.
• Works with chairs and faculty to increase their involvement in developing services, programs, and other professional growth opportunities to benefit students and strengthen the working relationships between employers and the College.
• Identifies opportunities to network alumni in order to augment recruitment, enhance alumni participation, and broaden the employer base for the College. Works directly with the Director of Alumni Relations to develop critical leads related to employment and internship opportunities for students.
• Provides leadership and guidance in collaborative efforts toward the execution of the Annual Exhibition Weekend.
• Must be a strategic thinker with expectations to engage Senior Team in discussions and decisions related to partnerships and opportunities to enhance student experiences in career placement and internships.
• Manages a budget. Participates in budget planning by providing historical data and projections. Prioritizes requests for enhancements to existing resources.
• Ensures that Career Services activities are coordinated with other College offices to enhance the efficiency and quality of services delivered by ensuring integrated efforts.
• Develops and maintains information systems for managing records and data. Produces reports and analyzes information for use in planning and assessing operations. Integrates technology to increase the quality of services and programs.
• Stays informed of developments in the field. Reads pertinent literature, attends meetings, and participates in professional associations as appropriate. Establishes and maintains an active network of professional contacts.
• Travels for employer cultivation and participation in alumni and new student events as a representative of the College and/or the department.
• Leads and chairs Employer Advisory Board.
• Must be responsive to work-related phone calls and emails during non-business hours on occasion.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
A Master’s degree in Counseling or related higher education field is required. Doctorate degree in related field preferred. At least 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in counseling, educational administration, student affairs, or related field required. Individual should have a thorough knowledge of theories, models, principles, and best practices of career development and counseling. Individual must be skilled in examining, improving operations and procedures, formulating policy, developing and implementing new strategies, procedures, and programs. Knowledge of marketing strategies, processes, and available resources to identify and attract students and potential employers is required. Individual must be student-centered with a demonstrated commitment to developing networks with business and industry leaders, while also strengthening relationships with faculty and College administrators. Must be available to travel to alumni and new student events.
Individuals experienced in working with diverse populations highly desirable. Working Knowledge of student CPT work authorizations and OPT work permit requirements highly desired.
Otis College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic which may be specified by law or college policy.
Pitzer College, Graduate Assistant for Career Services