The Assistant Director of Early Career Engagement is a member of the Career Coaching team within the Center for Career Excellence (CCE) and reports to the Director of the Center for Career Excellence. The Assistant Director of Early Career Engagement works with Career Excellence colleagues, academic departments, and key University partners to implement the Center’s early career engagement and exploration strategy for first year and sophomore students. The individual maintains a heavy career coaching load of one-on-one and small-group appointments and offers developmentally appropriate career programming to engage first- and second-year students, and transfer students. The Assistant Director liaises with colleagues in the First-Year Program and Sophomore Success Initiative and markets our programs and services to increase the sharing of information and resources to assist with retention efforts.
Maintain heavy career coaching load of one-on-one and small-group appointments with students of all career interests and majors, focusing on first year and sophomore students.
Use holistic career coaching model and purpose mindset to assist students with exploration of career possibilities and interests; engage students in conversation around values, interests, strengths, skills, purpose and meaning.
Aid students in skill development, document creation/refinement, internship search, practice interviewing, and other career-readiness topics.
Actively develop knowledge of resources, opportunities, employers, and trends to assist students with research, networking, and building of individualized career plans.
Advise students on CCE offerings to enhance connections between college and careers including participation in Careers 101, LINC Mentoring Program, SLU Connect, Saints Accelerate, Internship Fellowships, and other high-impact experiential learning opportunities.
Create programming for first year, sophomore, and transfer students around career exploration using SparkPath platform, purpose mindset, values and interest assessments.
Work directly with faculty/staff in the First Year Program and Sophomore Success Initiative to share information on CCE’s early engagement and exploration strategy; provide programming to individual classes and large groups.
Team with other campus colleagues/departments on ways to engage first year, sophomore, and transfer students in the career readiness process early in their time at St. Lawrence.
Internal & External Relations
Work with assigned campus areas and academic departments.
Design additional career programs for student exploration and skill development to increase readiness.
Engage volunteers to assist students in the career exploration and preparation process.
Market services, programs, resources for 1st and 2nd year students to faculty, staff, and students.
Actively participate in the Center’s evaluation, assessment, and reporting practices.
Interact with employers as industry specialists, internship/job sponsors, and program hosts.
Assist with University special events that may include Admissions Visit Days, Orientation, Laurentian Weekend, Alumni Executive Council Weekends, Board of Trustee Weekends, and Reunion Weekend; attend Laurentian/Alumni Events as requested.
Other duties as assigned or requested to meet departmental goals and objectives.
Actively seek out resources and information to stay up to date on industry best practices, shifts in career coaching/career development, diversity & inclusion, employer hiring trends, and your specific job responsibilities.
Participate in professional development meetups and webinars with our member associations; make use of online resources.
Attending a yearly professional development conference as office budget allows.
Interested applicants must apply online at http://employment.stlawu.edu uploading all required materials which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.
Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience in a student-facing higher education setting. Exposure to career development/collegiate career services a plus.
Strong interest in working in college career services at a liberal arts institution.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion and experience interacting with individuals from diverse populations.
Knowledge of and experience with career exploration, skill development, document creation.
Understanding of experiential learning/internships, job search strategies, interviewing, and professional development.
Ability to be innovative while providing developmentally appropriate individual and group career coaching and programming to students.
Ability to infuse skill/competency development into programs and services to increase students’ career readiness.
Knowledge of best practices in collegiate career development and workplace trends.
Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism and provide exceptional customer service.
Skills necessary to assess, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.
Excellent written and oral communication skills necessary for communicating with small and large audiences.
Strong time management, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
Aptitude for making decisions using independent discretion and judgment.
Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituents including students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and parents.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel; Zoom.
Ability to travel and work non-standards hours, including some nights and weekends.
Familiarity with career and networking platforms such as Handshake, Focus2, Vault, LinkedIn Learning, LinkedIn.
Located at 23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY, St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students from more than 40 states and 40 nations. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.
The University is committed to and seeks diversity among its faculty, staff and students. Such a commitment ensures an atmosphere that is diverse and complex in ways that are intellectually and socially enriching for the entire campus community. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups, as well as from individuals with experience teaching or working in a multicultural environment, are encouraged. St. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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