The Malone Center for Career Engagement (MCCE) empowers students with the tools, resources, and experiences to explore, prepare, and connect to create individualized career pathways leading to meaningful lives. Reporting to the Assistant Director for Career Learning Communities, Career Advisors play a vital role in ensuring MCCE fulfills this mission. Career Advisors are responsible for advising students and alumni, designing career education programs, coordinating networking events and fostering relationships with employers and graduate education programs tailored to meet the career development needs of students related to specific industries. Career Advisors are committed to becoming content experts related to assigned industry areas by researching, developing, and curating information to enhance students’ learning about various career paths. Career Advisors also serve as liaisons between the Malone Center and assigned academic departments within the University to effectively collaborate in providing career education programs tailored for specific majors.
Provide individualized career advising to students and alumni on a diverse array of topics including career exploration, career readiness, professional correspondence, job search strategies, and graduate school preparation
Lead group advising sessions, workshops and classroom presentations
Apply knowledge of student development and career theory; accommodate the diverse needs of Furman students
Create and foster an ecosystem of career support for students through individual/group career coaching, programming and events, connections and resources tailored to the career development needs of assigned industry areas. Specific tasks include:
Serving as a designated advisor for students who identify with assigned industries
Staying informed about related career paths, industry trends, employers, graduate programs and opportunities
Identifying, maintaining, and creating industry-specific resources
Generating contact lists of “industry-experts” comprised of alumni and professionals who are willing to connect with students for inquiries, informational interviews, job shadowing, etc.
Serve as a designated point person between the Malone Center and an allotted group of academic departments; develop and foster productive working relationships with related faculty and staff
Collaborate and partner with departmental contacts to develop discipline-specific resources and events
Facilitate workshops requested by departmental faculty and student groups
Inform faculty of specific career opportunities and employer visits to campus
Work in conjunction with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement to meet with departments to discuss faculty and student interaction with companies
Be informed of and communicate departmental first destination outcomes
Programming & Events
Create and plan programs and events that provide educational and/or networking opportunities for students. Types of programs could include workshops, meet-ups, conferences, seminars, presentations, boutique fairs, panels, site visits, job shadowing and in-person or virtual networking events
Manage and coordinate the timeline, logistics, and details required of assigned programs and events
Collaborate effectively with Malone Center colleagues, Career Ambassadors, academic departments, faculty, student groups and other campus partners (Internship Office, Alumni Office, Development, etc.) to plan and promote events
Work within a designated team to plan and coordinate Career Treks associated with assigned industry areas
Assist with general Malone Center programs and events as needed, often requiring evening and sometimes weekend participation
Develop and maintain relationships with employers, professional associations, alumni, parents, and graduate programs for advising, networking, programming and other career education purposes
In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement, Director of Parent Engagement Giving and Engagement, as well as Furman’s Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, connect students with employers, alumni, and parents via classroom presentations, networking events, and other career programs
Communicate regularly with the Assistant Director for Employer Engagement to become aware of new employer connections that are relevant to assigned industry areas
Track and communicate with employer and graduate school contact referrals; assist relevant graduate school contacts with coordinating campus recruiting activities
Assist with relevant employer outreach meetings and site visits, graduate school meetings and represent MCCE at events featuring employers, alumni, and parents
Stay current with employers, job opportunities and recruiting events posted on Handshake, promote accordingly
Technology & Communications
Become familiar and trained on all career tools and technologies offered by the Malone Center; proficiency with utilizing Handshake is essential
Regularly curate and manage information and resources for assigned industry areas on the Malone Center Website
Inform students and academic departments about recruiting opportunities, events, and activities through newsletters and targeted messages (via Handshake, MailChimp, listservs)
Work with the Operations Coordinator and Career Ambassadors to create various flyers and promotions
Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Human Resources or related field.
1-3 years relevant experience in career services, education, recruiting or respective industry areas (as related to particular career learning community.) Graduate assistantship/internship/practicum experience will be considered.
Preferred Knowledge, Abilities & Skills:
Demonstrated experience in coaching, counseling or advising college students, ideally in a college career center setting
Knowledge and practice with Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI and Focus2 Assessments – experience with StrengthsFinder is a plus
Knowledge of and curious about trends related to career development, career paths, local and national job market/economic development
Knowledge of and practice with job search strategies and resume critique protocols
Demonstrated track record of developing innovative approaches to engage students, alumni, faculty, staff, employers
Proven proficiency in cultivating productive and effective relationships with stakeholders
Advanced oral and written communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences
Adept at designing educational/professional development workshops – comfortable presenting to groups
Experience with utilizing Career Management Platforms, specifically with Handshake
Exceptional interpersonal skills – excels at collaborating within a team or with other departments to reach a common goal
Detail-oriented organizer, enjoys and excels at creating, managing, and executing events and programs
Coachable, adaptable and open to trying new things
Proactive problem solver, able to balance and prioritize multiple projects at once
Proficient and comfortable with technology, social media, and digital communication
Multicultural awareness and competence; appreciates working in a diverse environment and serving and supporting constituents representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences
About Furman University
Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible fo...r comprehensive benefits.
The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.
Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville -Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work. Experience The Furman Advantage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8YERWM2CNE