Under the direction of the Associate Director of Career Services, the Assistant Director of Career Services (Production and Design Communities) will be part of a transformational career services team. The Career Center's mission is to advance student success by providing a robust Berklee network, coordinated career resources, and enriching practice based and experiential opportunities that help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they define, develop and realize their artistic, creative, and career potential with greater intention and success. The Assistant Director of Career Services will function as a career advisor , ultimately serving as a lead for the advising, facilitating, and convening of students, employers, alumni and faculty within the production and design career communities.
Career Communities: berklee.edu/careers
Production Community: The production community is for students who want to use their writing, arranging, engineering, and production skills to excel in careers that combine art and technology. In this field, you will work collaboratively with performers and designers to produce a quality product, whether it is an album, digital product, stage production, or anything in between.
Design Community: The design community is for students interested in exploring and pursuing careers centered around the creative act of design. Whether they are passionate about sound design in the gaming industry, live show design for epic concerts, innovative artistry for the contemporary theater stage, sonic elements for tech products, or anything in between, students in this community share an enthusiasm for the ever-changing landscape of how audiences perceive the world.
The career advisor is responsible for leading the production and design career communities which educate our undergraduate, graduate and online students from Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, on trends and issues in their chosen fields of study, providing knowledge that can help them achieve a competitive edge, and connect them to alumni and employers for information, mentorship, jobs and internships.
The career advisor will be responsible for:
One-on-one student advising;
Collaborating with Director of Employer Engagement & Career Programs for internship and job opportunities within an assigned career community/sector (Production & Design);
Networking events and career fairs;
Career education initiatives and programming.
Successful candidates will be extremely relatable to students, and be able to develop and maintain strong relationships with faculty, chairs and employers, in addition to other stakeholders across the college.
MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree and 3 - 5 years relevant experience in the design/production industry, education, career services, recruiting, or combination of education and industry/relevant experience.
Previous experience advising/mentoring students.
Broad knowledge of career development or career advising theory, approaches and strategies.
Broad knowledge of recruiting practices, industry trends and best practices in career services.
Passion and knowledge for music and the performing arts, and background/experience in the industry a plus.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide general and specialized (performing arts/entertainment industry) career advising/coaching services and expertise within specific career sectors to students to support them during their time at the college. Guiding students from the time they start as freshman, through selection of a major, and up until graduation. Advising services will include one-on-one appointments, supporting walk-in hours, group sessions.
Educate, assist and prepare students on specifics of applying and working at internships and full-time jobs. Research techniques, search strategies, networking tactics, resume and interview prep, and salary negotiation. In addition, advising best practices on how to leverage social media platforms such as LinkedIn, and other online resources that will assist in securing internships and jobs.
Work closely with faculty and chairs to determine needs and desires of students, and to present educational materials on a variety of career topics. Work collaboratively to create and market programming such as workshops, visiting artist clinics, career fairs and auditions.
Maintain strong relationships with employers and engage them on behalf of our students, distinguishing and promoting their various skill sets. Work collaboratively with the Director of Employer Engagement, staff, faculty, chairs, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, and International Career Center (ICC) to schedule educational programs and recruiting events to optimize employer and industry relations. Create ways to instigate constant communication within Berklee community so faculty and chairs are receiving insights from employers relating to hiring trends and the skill sets required of our students.
Work with alumni to provide advising/coaching services, guiding them on various jobs, internship opportunities, and graduate programs, making sure they have access to all career resources such as Berklee Career Manager, Hub and other related materials and services.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Demonstrated passion and appreciation for the creative process and enjoy working with and coaching/advising talented students from all over the world.
Knowledge of trends in internships, employment, economy, and industry networks.
Ability to cultivate relationships with employers from various sectors in the music, tech and entertainment industries.
Advanced communication skills to effectively give presentations, and interact with internal and external audiences, and all levels of college staff and faculty.
Experience creating, coordinating and implementing career education programs and events.
Relevant computer systems/technology experience and comfort with social media and digital communication.
Knowledge of various career resources, tools and publications.
Entrepreneurial, creative, and innovative spirit, comfort with change, ambiguity and risk in a fast-paced environment.
High level of cultural competence, values, ethics, and principles that align with the Berklee community, in which every voice is valued and respected and where a diverse, inclusive, work and learning environment is essential.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Staff
Internal Number: R0002826
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.