This position is responsible for conducting effective advising of students and young alumni (<5 years post-graduation) that results in the student's ability to articulate the value of a rigorous Colgate liberal arts education in relation to opportunities of interest. This career advisor will exhibit positive excitement about helping students explore a variety of professional options beyond what they may have experienced. Candidates should have a passion for engaging with a diverse student body and a strong team orientation.
Responsibilities include: ●Implementing effective career advising strategies with deciding and exploratory students. ●Independently guiding students and alumni in 1:1 sessions and in group coaching through a process of developing a strong sense of self that includes aspects of one's strengths, interests, values, and identity. ●Assisting students and alumni to research and explore career options, determine best-fit entry points, and pursue opportunities to gain experience. ●Teaching students and alumni to engage current and potential networks of influencers across the performing arts (dance, music, theater), the visual arts, film and media, architecture, and museum and gallery opportunities. ●Effectively delivering general skill-based workshops and programs related to job/internship searches and graduate school application processes (e.g.: composing targeted applications, interview preparation, and salary negotiation). For students within creative fields, support their development of industry-focused resumes, portfolios, and audition submission materials. ●Developing and maintaining digital and print resources to advance students' career development. ●Maintaining a strong knowledge-base of industry trends, hiring cycles, alumni connections, and graduate school admission processes related to the arts, creative industries, and media. ●Establishing connections with an assigned campus population or cohorts with unique needs (i.e. first generation students, international students, etc.) to build support structures for students.
Qualifications: ●A minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant discipline is required. ●Must be able to build rapport with students and student groups and exhibit a high standard of professionalism while guiding them through an advising process. ●Must be capable of being a strong advocate for inclusion with a proven ability to work with diverse populations. ●Must have the capability to understand and communicate the value of a liberal arts education. ●Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communications skills, extraordinary interpersonal skill, and strong problem solving skills. ●Demonstrated ability to create, develop, and deliver presentations and/or workshops. ●Demonstrated strength in collaboration, organizational skills, detail-orientation, and ability to independently follow-through on assignments. ●Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.
●Previous experience in or with the arts preferable.
●Master's degree preferred; bachelor's degree required. Graduate-level courses in student development, counseling, or a similar field highly desirable, as is previous advising experience.
Colgate University Having celebrated its Bicentennial in the academic year 2018–2019 and forging into its third century, Colgate has distinguished itself as one of the finest residential universities in the country. Colgate University is renowned for its academic rigor, the beauty, and vitality of its campus, and the contributions of its alumni across a variety of fields and endeavors, who are exceptionally engaged with the institution. The largest of the small liberal arts colleges, Colgate boasts both substantial academic offerings as well as small classes, a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction, and a residential community valuing all forms of intellectual curiosity.
Colgate's faculty members are leading teachers and scholars, committed to intellectual engagement in all its forms. Colgate's approximately 2,900 highly motivated students achieve academically, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. Colgate is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population and fostering an inclusive community that embraces and values diversity in an environment of mutual respect, communication, and engagement.
Colgate was first founded in 1817 by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The number 13 is still Colgate's lucky number; Friday the 13th is always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a formal charter in 1819. Today, Colgate is consistently named one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. It is a close-knit community where students develop lifelong bonds with the institution, with each other, and with faculty and staff members. This leads to a strong scholarly community that provides the foundation for undergraduate education and preparation for life after college that is unique to Colgate.
The University's academic program is grounded in its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and is required of every undergraduate. Undergraduates may choose from 56 majors and more than 45 minors. Classes are small, averaging 17 students, and are taught by nearly 300 full-time faculty members, 99 percent of whom have received a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in research efforts.
Colgate also has a rich tradition of international and off-campus study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. The off-campus study groups run for an entire semester, and travel to locations all around the world and within the United States. Extended study programs offer students between two and five weeks of study following the end of the semester. Through these and, more than 100 other affiliate programs, roughly two-thirds of Colgate students will study off-campus during their undergraduate years.
In recent years, the University has made significant investments in the campus in support of students' academic and overall development, most notably construction of Benton Hall, the new home of Colgate's comprehensive career development initiatives; the addition of the Class of 1965 Arena to its athletics facilities; and a new upper-campus quad featuring two new residence halls that provide spaces for collaboration, intellectual exploration, and student-faculty engagement.
The University recently announced a new no-loan initiative. Beginning with the 2020– 2021 academic year, Colgate's financial aid offering expands the support available to students and aims to lessen the burden of student debt. The no-loan initiative eliminates federal loans for all current and incoming students with a family income of up to $125,000 and household assets typical of this income range. Colgate students already graduate with one of the nation's lowest average levels of indebtedness. The average debt for students who graduated in the Class of 2019 was $15,305, compared to the national average of about $30,000. This recent announcement places Colgate in the company of the very best colleges and universities in the nation and continues a long-standing commitment to ensuring socioeconomic diversity in the student body.
With its endowment valued at more than $900 million and an annual operating budget just above $200 million, Colgate holds an excellent strategic positioning as a highly selective private liberal arts school with a robust market and sizeable financial resources.
Students and Student Life Colgate students are achievers intellectually, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. For the Class of 2023, fewer than 2,240 students were offered admission, chosen from more than 9,900 applicants representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 132 countries. The acceptance rate was 22.6 percent. Admitted students had an average GPA of 3.82 and the middle 50 percent achieved a combined SAT score of 1410–1520. Of the full student body, 55 percent of students are women. Domestic students of color constitute 22 percent, and international students account for 15 percent. Forty-two percent of students receive financial aid, and Colgate meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need.
The curricular and co-curricular overlap and intersect often at Colgate. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class has 17 students. Small classes are common and allow for professors to advise and mentor students inside and outside of the classroom.
Colgate is a residential university with more than 93 percent of students living on campus. The University's Residential Commons system, which launched in 2014, creates strong and welcoming living/learning communities and has required the renovation of existing dormitory facilities and the construction of new residence halls. Through membership in their commons, students engage with professors and each other in special recreational, social, and intellectual activities. More on the Residential Commons.
The University's visual and performing arts offerings support the academic and creative endeavors of students on campus, as well as host visiting artists, musicians, filmmakers, theater groups, and other creative professionals.
Fraternities and sororities are a long-standing tradition at Colgate, dating back to the first fraternity charter adopted in 1856. Roughly one-third of all Colgate students are affiliated with the fraternity and sorority community at Colgate University, which includes eight internationally affiliated organizations. Students are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority in their sophomore year and Colgate owns and oversees all chapter houses.
Colgate also has a rich and competitive athletic tradition. Approximately 25 percent of students are involved in a varsity sport, and 80 percent of students are involved in some form of the varsity, club, or intramural athletics. There are 25 varsity teams, more than 40 club sports teams, and 18 different intramural sports. Colgate is part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League for all varsity sports (ECAC of Division I for men's and women's hockey) and consistently has one of the NCAA's top graduation rates among student-athletes. The Colgate Raiders have consistently won Patriot League championships and regularly qualify and compete in NCAA tournaments.
Leadership Brian W. Casey was inaugurated as Colgate’s 17th president in 2016. After a career in law, Casey earned a PhD from Harvard University in the history of American civilization, focusing specifically on higher education and intellectual history. Prior to Colgate, he was president of DePauw University. At Colgate, President Casey is refocusing a commitment to Colgate's core identity: academic excellence and an immersive program in the liberal arts, preparing Colgate's students for well-rounded lives and careers.
Paul J. McLoughlin II joined Colgate as vice president and dean of the college in July 2017. Previously, McLoughlin served as dean of students at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. McLoughlin is an integral member of President Casey's cabinet, participating in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development as Colgate works to achieve its third century plan. He provides operational leadership of the dean of the college division, with a portfolio including administrative advising (the administrative complement to academic advising provided through students' faculty advisers); residential life; campus safety; environmental health and safety; emergency management; multicultural and diversity initiatives, including the ALANA Cultural Center; fraternity and sorority advising; University ministry and the Chaplaincy; international student services; the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education; student conduct; health services; wellness; and psychological services and counseling. As of August 2019, Colgate's award-winning career services unit joined the division and reports to McLoughlin, to further integrate career preparation into the student experience.
Hamilton and the Surrounding Community Founded in 1795, the village of Hamilton, named one of the friendliest towns in the United States by Forbes magazine, has a population of roughly 4,000, and is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The area is ideal for outdoor recreation including biking, hiking, trail running, and skiing. Colgate's golf course, Seven Oaks, was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best college golf courses in the country. The University's location provides easy access for summer hikes and winter ski trips. It is less than a one-hour drive from Syracuse, four hours away from New York City, and five hours from Boston. A train to NYC departs several times daily from nearby Utica, N.Y. (40 minutes).
Colgate and the Village of Hamilton's Partnership for Community Development develops an active network of professional consultants, foundations, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations located throughout the Central New York region to assist area residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes efforts to stimulate and support local business through small business development and the revitalization of historic buildings. To strengthen the relationship between the village and the University, and to add to the economic development of downtown, Colgate relocated its campus bookstore to the downtown area of the village. Similarly, Colgate owns the Palace Theater, a 300-seat performing arts venue that is leased to an external nonprofit arts organization.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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About Colgate University
Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students and faculty in local, national, and global communities.