Assistant Director of Career Development and Career Adviser - Clark University
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 136895
Location: Worcester, MA Category: Staff and Administrators Posted On: Thu Sep 16 2021 Job Description:
As a key member of the Career Connections Center, the Assistant Director of Career Development is responsible for developing and delivering comprehensive student career development and career readiness programming in support of students' academic, professional, and personal growth. The Assistant Director will oversee the overall development, implementation, daily operation, and evaluation of a robust academic internship program, averaging more than 125 placements annually. The Assistant Director serves as a resource for non-credit internships and provides customized advising and coaching to students regarding career research, career design and job/internship searching.
Primary responsibilities for this position include: Project manage all aspects of the undergraduate Academic Internship Program (AIP), including student advising, campus communication, application tracking and evaluation, and data collection and reporting. Serve as Career Connections Center career adviser with a focus on undergraduate social science majors. Engage in holistic career advising, drawing from: academic advising, career counseling, and student development theories; Clark University academic requirements; Clark University resources and national best practices. Design, lead and support office career events.
Working primarily with students in the social sciences, provide undergraduate students and recent alumni with customized guidance and information regarding career exploration, career goal setting and preparation, and job/internship searching.
Meet with students one-on-one and in-group settings to assist with resume preparation, interviewing skills, networking, and other skill development as needed.
Contribute to the design, creation and maintenance of on-demand career readiness resources for students and faculty.
Partner with social science faculty, ClarkCONNECT, University Advancement, and other Clark offices to develop and deliver career programming which prepares students for internships, career selection and employment.
Liaise with the pre-law faculty.
Develop presentations and resources for social science departments; build collaborative relationships with social science faculty.
Participate in career fairs and other large-scale Career Connections Center events.
Advise students on how to effectively utilize Clark resources.
Participate in professional development activities and associations.
Stay abreast of career pathways, trends and opportunities for social science majors.
Stay abreast of local internship opportunities and graduate school options for social science majors.
Maintain student files and records.
Attend and participate in all relevant Career Connections Center staff meetings and trainings.
Serve as Career Connections Center representative and ambassador for admissions, orientation, and other Clark-sponsored events.
Provide data and information for reports when appropriate, and develop recommendations for consideration and approval.
Expand opportunities for a diverse group of students, including but not limited to: first generation students, students of color, LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities.
Other duties as assigned.
Academic Internship Program Coordinator
Project manage all aspects of the undergraduate Academic Internship Program (AIP), including deadlines, campus communication, application tracking and evaluation, and data collection and reporting.
Advise prospective student applicants.
Liaise with the Office of the Registrar, International Students and Scholars Office, faculty sponsors, and other stakeholders.
Monitor, troubleshoot and resolve issues between students and site supervisors as needed; serve as the main point of contact to address reported student and employer complaints.
Partner with offices across campus to ensure that historically underrepresented student groups have support in exploring and applying to opportunities.
Develop and present information sessions, advising materials, and professional development resources for students in the AIP.
Update deadlines, policies and procedures to stay current with Clark's academic calendar, academic policies, and safety guidelines.
Serve as a clearinghouse of local internship opportunities across all majors.
Assemble and maintain files for each participating student including documentation of progress and related paperwork such as resumes, agreement forms, assignments, and employer evaluations.
Compile and maintain data for academic internships; prepares reports for relevant stakeholders.
Refer students to funding opportunities for unpaid internships as appropriate.
Stay abreast of academic internship trends nationwide and with other liberal arts institutions in particular.
Supervise student staff as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred
1-3 years of experience in a coaching or advising-related function. Experience in a university environment directly working with an undergraduate population a plus
Academic and/or professional experience in a social science discipline a plus
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent follow-through and attention to detail
Must be self-directed with the ability to work independently
Ability to organize, analyze, prioritize, and problem-solve within a fast-paced office environment with frequent interruptions
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build partnerships
Ability to design, adapt and deliver engaging, interactive programming to large and small groups of students
Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations
Demonstrated commitment to customer service
Comfort in a technology-rich environment; experience with database-related software and/or student information systems
Familiarity with academic advising, career advising, and/or student development theories a plus
Experience working with diverse populations and an ability to prepare and guide individuals from diverse groups toward future opportunities
Available to work some nights and weekends
This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.
Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.
Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed toscholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention, Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University educates its undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. The University’s engages students in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark University’s pioneering model of higher education, LEEP (Liberation Education and Effective Practice) compels undergraduate students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and prepares them for lives and careers of consequence.