Associate Director, Career Services
Serves as a career advisor for students with a major focus on internships. Develops and administers “outreach” programs to inform both faculty and students of the need for internship planning and its impact on career management. Plans and administers career service internship-focused programs and events to guide students through the internship search process as well as applications to graduate or professional schools. Collaborate with the Director of Career Services in securing partnerships within different STEM-focused industries and organizations both locally and nationwide, particularly ones interested in engineering and computer science graduates. Coordinate with the Title III HSI-STEM Project Director and engage in grant activities to support students in their career exploration. All responsibilities serve a dual purpose – to support the Career Services department, while also meeting grant expectations.
- Provides leadership in the management of a robust internship program. Identifies and secures partnerships with different STEM-focused industries and organizations locally and globally.
- Facilitates student learning by counseling and advising students on how to apply and interview for internships to enhance their overall academic experience.
- Assist international students with support of the CPT/OPT process as it pertains to job search.
- DSO certified or willingness to complete within first 6 months of employment.
- Provide monthly workshops on career readiness topics such as resume building, elevator pitch, and interview techniques to increase student success in applying to and obtaining internships in their field of study.
- Promote internship opportunities to students using Handshake, tabling, emailing, and other marketing efforts with the assistance of student staff members in the Office of Career Services.
- Maintain regular communication with faculty and administration to identify employer partners, promote major-specific internships, highlight upcoming workshops, and review the policy and procedures for ensuring the academic quality and integrity of internships.
- Assess the internship program from the perspective of students, faculty, and employers through surveys, reports, focus groups, informal feedback, and other means.
- Communicate with companies and organizations to obtain feedback about intern performance and report back to the academic programs about emerging competencies.
- Document through a monthly report the time and efforts to be shared with the Project Director of Title III HSI-STEM, Director of Career Services, for grant and accreditation documentation.
- Attend and participate in biweekly Title III HSI-STEM meetings and events.
- Assist department chairs in preparation for career services-related assessments.
- Serve as a member of the Career Services team assisting with large-scale, campus-wide programs such as Career Fair, New Student Orientation, Open House, and Commencement.
- Handles other duties as assigned by the Director of Career Services.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred. Previous professional experience in career counseling, job placement, human resources, or related field is required. Experience advising STEM students or working in STEM-related fields.
Candidates must demonstrate abilities such as counseling; building rapport with students, faculty, and employers; strong verbal and written communication skills; good analytical and problem-solving abilities, and computer skills.
The person in this position must be able to identify and define a challenge(s), research and collect data relevant to the challenge(s) and develop and execute a strategy to overcome the challenge(s). Additionally, they will need to develop a method to assess and document progress and take corrective action if necessary. This individual will need to be able to take and follow directions as well as accept and benefit from constructive feedback.
Work environment and physical functions
This position is in an office environment. Generally, an employee needs to be able to sit, stand, and navigate within the office area. The office equipment, either individually used or shared with a department is the responsibility of all employees.
Candidates with internship-related experience or higher education career services experience is preferred.