Working independently and in collaboration with the Director and Associate Director, oversee the department’s student engagement and implement a strategy for career education initiatives on both individual and communal levels.
Last Updated: 05/28/19 Department: Career Services Supervisor: Director of Career Services
Benefits: Full employment benefits subject to the terms and conditions in the plan or policy documents.
CSA Reporter: No FERPA: Yes Mandatory Reporter: No Responsible Employee: Yes
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Develop and implement a holistic strategy and program of student engagement and career exploration and planning that considers the developmental needs of students.
Lead the design and implementation of workshops and programs for the campus community and customized resources for student identity and interest groups.
Connect and collaborate with faculty, staff, and students in the formation and delivery of career development programming and resources.
Hire, train and supervise Career Fellows, current students who do outreach, advising, and projects.
Utilize, vet and recommend new career counseling and discernment tools and resources, including assessments (e.g., MBTI, Strengths Finder, etc.) and other tools to help students discover and articulate their values, interests and talents.
Design and conduct mock interviews for employment, continuing education and other fields.
In collaboration with Director, write and edit material for media communications and marketing strategy for the office, including print, electronic formats, and social media.
Utilize, assess the value of, and identify new online career development and job search resources.
Provide and oversee high-quality career advising for students on an individual and group basis.
In collaboration with the Director and other colleagues, design and implement a strategy to assess the effectiveness of the career advising and career development initiatives and revise initiatives as needed.
Advise students in particular career fields and/or in pursuing graduate/professional school or other continuing education.
Remain informed regarding department projects and, as needed, provide support for the Associate Director with employer visits, project management, and external relations.
As needed, transport students to/from off-site career development events and activities.
Perform other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.
Supervisory Responsibility: Supervise approximately four to eight student employees.
Work Hours: This is a full-time position working 12 months per year. The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Will regularly work evenings and occasional weekends. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Proven ability to design, implement and evaluate student engagement processes and programs.
Demonstrated knowledge or ability to quickly learn of career counseling and career development theories, practices, tools, and resources. Remains informed regarding latest developments and best practices in career services.
Demonstrated ability to develop programming and resources suitable to a liberal arts college setting.
Adept at collaborating and engaging with student and faculty/staff populations in a diverse and socially progressive environment.
Effective skills in conducting presentations, productive meetings and facilitating group work.
Maintains confidentiality, remains open to others’ ideas, exhibits a willingness to try new things, demonstrates composure and assertiveness in addressing conflict, and has an appreciation for collaborative interactions with faculty and staff.
Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, develops realistic action plans and manages multiple tasks to satisfy expectations and deadlines.
Speaks English clearly, persuasively and cordially; communicates effectively with individuals from multiple constituencies within the institution in a diverse and socially aware environment.
Writes English with attention to spelling, grammar, accuracy and the needs of the target audience; presents numerical data effectively; articulates a compelling message; and uses various mediums of communication effectively (e.g. emails, memos, social media, etc.).
Ability to comprehend and manage basic fiscal matters, such as program or department budgets.
Strong PC-based computer skills, including proficiency with recent versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, and database management. Ability to learn electronic career services management systems, such as Handshake, within three months.
Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and deals with change, interruptions, delays or unexpected events with aplomb.
Ability to direct the work of others, oversee projects/tasks, and provide training, constructive coaching and follow up.
Must be able to drive an automobile to transport students to off-site events.
Education: Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a related field; a master’s degree is preferred.
Experience: Must have three to four years of related administrative experience with a bachelor’s degree. May substitute up to one year of experience with a master’s degree. Proven experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented groups is required. Experience supervising the work of others is desired. Experience with career assessments such as the MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and CliftonStrengths preferred.
Licenses/Certifications: Certification, or willing to obtain certification within six months of starting this position, in administering assessment tools such as the MBTI, StrengthsFinder, etc. Must have valid driver’s license and a driving record insurable under the College’s general liability policy.
Other Requirements: None.
Preferences: Experience supervising the work of others. Experience working in a liberal arts institution of higher education. Individuals from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.
Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. May occasionally work outdoors for events and activities.
Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to:
Sit for prolonged periods of time;
Operate a computer for prolonged periods of time;
Communicate with others by email, in person and over the telephone;
Read printed materials and a computer screen;
Have the mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment;
Assist with the set-up and teardown of event tables, signage and other materials.
Requires reaching overhead, grasping, pulling, pushing, stooping, bending, and twisting;
Lift 20 pounds from the ground to waist level unassisted; and
Have the stamina to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced work environment.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.