At PLU, we believe that education can change the world.
As an employee of PLU, you will have the opportunity to join a learning community committed to doing, investigating, teaching, creating, and serving. The PLU experience allows students’ ambition to bloom into purpose, their abilities to sharpen into tools, and their caring to become a transformative force.
The Alumni & Student Connections office supports each Lute in utilizing the PLU network to help make their visions a reality. The Career & Internship Advisor is responsible for providing advising, development, and support to all students and alumni. The Career & Internship Advisor also assists in cultivating and connecting students to opportunities for the expression of vocation after graduation from PLU in employment, service, and graduate school. This position reports to the Director of Career, Learning and Engagement.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Provide career and internship planning assistance through advising appointments with individuals, small group meetings, telephone, and virtual assistance. Assist students with the career development process, including making informed and meaningful choices relative to career, internship, vocation, academic, community service, and life planning.
Provide information to students and alumni on career-related topics such as resumes, cover letters, job opportunities, mentorship, recruiting trends, utilization of job search tools, interview preparation, offer evaluation, salary negotiation, graduate school planning, etc.
Coach students to develop their professional network by assisting them with connections to alumni and non-alumni employers.
Plan and lead programs, presentations, workshops on career, internships and other related topics for students, campus community, and alumni, as identified by ASC leadership.
Working collaboratively as a member of the ASC team, assist and support with the planning and delivery of career, internship, vocation, and alumni focused programming, events, workshops, presentations, learning experiences and email outreach for students.
Hold advising hours in campus partner locations as requested.
Help facilitate career/internship program’s day-of implementation and other program planning tasks.
Provide support for the Career Peer Educator Program; help with the selection and training to the student Career Peer Educators.
Prepare and maintain resource guides and databases for students, faculty and alumni.
Contribute to ideas for continuous improvement of services for connecting with all students and focused populations including PLU graduate students, alumni, Veterans, students with disabilities, and non-traditional aged students.
Assist with career assessments, assessment of learning outcomes, services, program evaluation and collection and compilation of information for reporting to key stakeholders and audiences.
Understand and effectively utilize appropriate technology to support and evaluate career and internship development activities. ??
Foster an appreciation for cultural and programmatic diversity of learning experiences and facilitate communication and involvement with program constituents to promote inclusiveness.
Serve on campus committees, task forces, and working groups.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of and commitment to practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Student-centered perspective with skill in the provision of career and internship advising to a diverse student body.
Knowledge of career and internship advising topics including exploration and decision-making, interest, skill, and work values identification/development, mentorship, job search, graduate/professional school, post-graduate service search, resume/curriculum vitae, cover letter, personal statement writing, interviewing, and other career related topics.
Ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills as well as listening for meaning to gain understanding in person, virtually, and in writing.
Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with others in a team setting through shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
Knowledge of and ability to effectively use helping skills in individual and group advising appointments.
Proficient in use of Google products (Gmail, Drive, Calendar) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
Skill in the use of career management systems, and other career development/assessment software programs.
Ability to set priorities and manage details.
Two years of job-related experience.
Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background checks.
Master’s degree in student affairs, educational administration, higher education, counseling, student development, or other required field.
Experience with career and internship advising/development for students at a four year college or university.
Experience with career services related software.
Experience interpreting career assessments with students such as the The Myers-Briggs Strong Interest Inventory.