Assistant Director of Career Advising, Exploration, and Diversity Initiatives

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job Description:

The Assistant Director of Career Advising, Exploration, and Diversity Initiatives provides career advising for students and alumni on a wide range of career development topics including but not limited to: engaged/experiential learning experiences, current and post-graduation employment, graduate and professional school advising and planning, and transferable skillsets. The Assistant Director will serve as the liaision to the School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership (PEPSL) and will serve as the primary career counselor to students in all academic majors within PEPSL and will also engage with students in other academic majors as necessary. Host required meetings with students in the undeclared major in their pursuit of applying for a solidified academic major and discuss said career options; assist with the review of supporting credentials needed to apply to the major (essays, resumes, personal statements). Research career services/career-related initiatives and trends focused on the area of diversity, including but not limited to: under-represented populations, Veterans, LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, international students, undeclared/exploratory students, and first-generation students.

This is a 10-month, full-time position, mid-August to mid-June annually.

Responsibilities include:

CAREER COUNSELING & ADVISING:

  • Provide individual career advising for students and alumni on a wide-array of career development areas. The Assistant Director will serve as the liaision to the School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership (PEPSL) and will serve as the primary career counselor to students in all academic majors within PEPSL and will also engage with students in other academic majors as necessary.
  • Work alongside students exploring and identifying academic majors and career interests and effectively teach students how both intersect.
  • Host required meetings with students in the undeclared major in their pursuit of applying for a solidified academic major and discuss said career options; assist with the review of supporting credentials needed to apply to the major (essays, resumes, personal statements).
  • Partner with the Living Learning Communities and host residence hall-based academic and career enrichment programming.
  • Support and create programming for the College’s academic Honors program.
  • Provide significant graduate school advising including identifying accredited academic programs, understanding degree and curriculum/course requirements, helping students to formulate educational essays and personal statements and then critique them accordingly.
  • Advise students on standardized tests needed for application to majors including GMAT, GRE, and LSAT.
  • Assume knowledge of graduate school advising for pre-professional based programs.
  • Guide students in making appropriate decisions with regard to selective/elective courses and minors in order to strengthen their candidacy toward their desired career endeavors.
  • Maintain and update academic major resource binders including trends, career outlook materials, student and alumni professional development associations/chapters, and documents highlighting career options for each major.
  • Administer and interpret career and academic-based outcome self-assessments to support student development including FOCUS.
  • Teach and counsel students on job search strategies including: networking, negotiating salary, email/business etiquette, and skills development. Critique cover letters, resumes, and personal statements; conduct practice/mock interviews; assist students with employer research utilizing on-line and print resources; plan and present skills programs and workshops.

CAREER EXPLORATION AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES:

  • Research career services/career-related initiatives and trends focused on the area of diversity, including but not limited to: under-represented populations, Veterans, LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, international students, undeclared/exploratory students, and first-generation students.
  • Develop, lead, and manage programming/workshop efforts focused on diversity initiatives and collaborate with other campus constituents to tailor/create resources and programming in accordance to students’ needs.
  • Identify professional and campus resources as well as mentors and provide these resources to all counselors in the Career Center in order to assist students during appointments.
  • Attend and engage in professional development opportunities to further self-knowledge of diversity initiatives related to career development.
  • Handle career programming for the first-year seminar courses (undeclared/exploratory major students).
  • Actively partner and serve as a liaison to other campus constituents including but not limited to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the International Center, Title IX, diversity and inclusion-based campus-wide programs, venues, and committees, Veteran services, and additional student-led groups that engage in these areas. Independently serve as the office’s lead for the knowledge of international hiring and VISAs and share updates with other Counselors to assist them in their work with students.
  • Collaborate with academic departments to host specialized programs and workshops for students, host formal and informal student club-type meetings.
  • Partake in the planning and implementation of additional career-related programming initiatives serving all students.
  • Handle flyers and some social media technology for said programming, and work in conjunction with the employer relations specialist.
  • Forge additional programming with academic partners/faculty.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT:

  • Participate in college and divisional committees and projects including current/future strategic plans and mentorship.
  • Stay current on career industries/and academic majors with primary emphasis on physical education, performance, sport leadership, and other related disciplines.   
  • Actively participate in local, regional, and national professional associations including but not limited to the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). 
  • Attend conferences and other similar venues that will aid in matters pursuant to exploratory and diversity initiatives.
  • Initiate solid, sound, and rationale suggestions and ideas to implement workshops, strategies, and events based upon trends and feedback shared at conferences and professional development endeavors.
  • Stay up-to-date on current employment trends, partake in employer relations outreach efforts and activities, and stay current on programming initiatives focused on students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Attend professional development opportunities related to diversity and inclusion. Provide training and resources to fellow staff within the Career Center accordingly. Participate in college and divisional committees and projects including current/future strategic plans, mentorship, and have a presence in additional on and off campus (local, regional, national) professional development associations.

CLASS PRESENTATIONS:

  • Lead classroom presentations for faculty. Also, frequent all Undeclared First-Year Seminar classes to discuss how academic majors and careers intersect, teach FOCUS, and perform an interactive academic majors/career industries-based series of questions and answers via a polling exercise.
  • Present to students on faculty’s chosen career-related topic area or choose presentation topic/subject matter of choice to deliver to students.
  • Research modern/current day career service topics used in classroom presentations and adapt, adjust, and deliver them accordingly.

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred in the Student Affairs Administration, Student Personnel, Higher Education, or a closely related discipline.

Three to five years of work-related experience required to effectively perform the job’s responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Accurately assist students in exploring and identifying academic and career interests and goals. Model and promote independence and autonomy with the aim of supporting students’ academic, career, personal, and professional success.
  • Research and stay abreast of all matters related to changing academic and career trends.
  • Serve as a resource and promoter of the Career Center to the campus community.
  • Create and produce handouts and resources for the website.
  • Effectively present to a wide range of constituents at workshops, class presentations, programs, and events – both on and off campus.
  • Exhibit excellent customer service and verbal/written communication skills; ability to work with internal and external constituents in a professional capacity.
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively while presenting information to small and large groups.
  • Intermediate level of proficiency working with Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Advanced level of proficiency working with Microsoft Word, Handshake, and Google Docs & Calendar.

This position requires regular evening, holiday, or weekend work to support student programming initiatives, classroom presentations, residence hall programming, events, professional development opportunities, and division and college functions.

At Springfield College, we offer competitive and generous benefit options for employees and their families.

Tuition benefits for employees and dependents

Tuition exchange program for dependents

Generous paid time off benefits

Paid Sick Leave Benefits

403(b) retirement plan (TIAA) with a generous college match

Medical, Dental and Vision plan(s)

Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

Flexible Spending Accounts (health care expenses and dependent care)

Life and accident insurance plans

Long-term disability

Optional voluntary benefits

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Wellness benefits and programs

Free use of our state-of-the-art Wellness Center

Discounts on campus and with local businesses

This position has been designed as forward facing and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment.  Proof of vaccination or an attestation to the same effect, will be required.   Individuals may seek ADA accommodations or a religious exemption, upon request with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Springfield College is committed to enhancing diversity and equity in education and employment.  To that end, the College welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and lived experiences, who will contribute to a culture of inclusion and respect.  For more information about Springfield College’s position on diversity and inclusion, please visit our Office of Inclusion and Community Engagement. 

Position Type: Full Time Regular

Appointment Months Per Year: 10 month

Posted Date: Aug 2, 2022

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