Associate Director for Career Education & Inclusive Excellence
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Location: Oberlin, Ohio
Higher Education Institution
Within the range established for this Administrative and Professional Staff position, salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Internal Number: APS150840PS
Oberlin College’s Career Exploration & Development Center helps students and recent alums identify and achieve meaningful career objectives that build upon their Oberlin education and experiences. We offer group and individual advising and experiential opportunities that complement all students’ learning and experiences at Oberlin.
The Career Exploration and Development Center seeks an individual to serve as an Associate Director for Career Education. The position oversees the Education and Library Information Science Career Community and designs the early engagement pathways for first-years and sophomores. The Associate Director supervises a team of Assistant Directors and chairs the Advising Intensive meetings. This position will positively contribute to the Center’s efforts to help students acquire skills and learn critical career readiness and professional development strategies. The ideal candidate has demonstrated experience and skills in diversity, equity, and inclusion and working with diverse populations. This position liaises with BIPOC, FirstGen & LGBTQA+ students, and campus partners.
The Associate Director for Career Education will be responsible for the
Develop pathways that help undergraduates explore options through a comprehensive suite of early engagement services, resources, and programs.
Onboard first-years to the career center’s programming, services, and resources.
Maintain a robust appointment schedule using “Getting Started “ Handshake appointments.
Provide one-on-one, small group career advising that supports students’ values and career exploration and enhances their capacity to successfully launch into their careers (or graduate/professional school) after Oberlin.
Support the development and execution of an effective job search process for internships and post-graduation jobs.
Career Education Programming:
Collaborate with team members in the Career Exploration & Development, Center for Engaged Liberal Arts, Center for Student Success, MRC, The Center for Race, Equity & Inclusion and other campus partners to develop and implement career education programs that support students’ career readiness, including, but not limited to, the Career Communities, PAL, SORA, CELA, and the Internship+ program.
Manage the Education and Library Information Science Career Community, facilitate programming and career panels, and cultivate resources and opportunities.
Support campus outreach efforts and present career-related educational programming and workshops to students in classroom settings (e.g., First-Year Seminars, etc.) and for various campus groups and student organizations (e.g., Multicultural Resource Center, Athletics, Bonner Center for Service Learning, The Center for Race, Equity & Inclusion, etc.);
Serve as career center representative on various committees and task forces based on assignment and interest.
Lead the Intensive Advising meeting for the career advisors.
Employer, Alumni, and Parent Engagement:
Recruit and cultivate relationships with employers, alums, parents, and community partners to engage with Oberlin students for career and experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, Winter Term experiential learning projects, etc.)
Overall: Support any additional Career Exploration & Development programs as needed throughout the year.
Developed for Equal Opportunity:
Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team to proactively identify opportunities and challenges and propose solutions
Ability to respond to common inquiries or concerns from students, college stakeholders, or regulatory agencies
Ability to work in a multiethnic and multicultural environment with students, faculty, and staff
Some extended hours including evenings and weekends, will be required.
Contribute creative and meaningful ideas, programs, and strategies to deepen the impact of diversity, equity, inclusion & accessibility in career readiness efforts;
Remain informed of national trends and practices related to career readiness and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Serve as the career center DEI expert and liaison, collaborating with campus partners to provide programming, services, and resources for BIPOC, FirstGen, and LGBTQA+ students.
Serve as the CED liaison to The Center for Race, Equity & Inclusion.
Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in counseling, student personnel, or related discipline preferred.
At least five years of professional experience providing career advising or counseling and supervision in a college or university setting is required; three to five years of experience advising diverse groups of college students and alumni is preferred.
Excellent written and interpersonal communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the College and external constituents, especially with students
Comfortable working with computer technology and online web-based services
Demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work independently when necessary; well-organized and detail-oriented
Demonstrated ability to personally engage with multiple constituencies in a variety of situations and contexts
Well-developed skills in team collaboration, coalition building, and operation in interdisciplinary working groups required
Strong leadership and relationship-building skills; experience in developing relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, international origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
Oberlin College & Conservatory is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college that combines a top-ranked college of arts and sciences with a world-renowned conservatory of music. Combined, the two divisions enroll approximately 2,900 students. Founded in 1833, Oberlin College & Conservatory was the first college in America to make interracial education and coeducation central to its mission-traditions that live today within a commitment to positive social engagement. Located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, OH, Oberlin College & Conservatory has earned a reputation of excellence based on the quality of its richly diverse student body, outstanding faculty, excellent facilities, and academic and technological resources. Learn more at http://new.oberlin.edu/about