A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
SEAS is seeking an experienced professional to work as part of a high-functioning team in the school's Office of Academic Programs (OAP), focusing on graduate student professional services. Specifically, we seek a driven individual that will exceed in preparing the students and graduates for employment opportunities and overall professional services. The person in this position represents the school and its mission to many audiences and must perform responsibly and professionally and exercise excellent judgment in dealing with the many internal and external constituencies. This position reports to the Associate Director, Career Services.
Provide strategic counseling and guidance for SEAS' current students and alumni; also have a clear understanding and experience with databases, strategic workshop development, and thorough assessment of the needs of SEAS students related to career services. Be the outward face of SEAS for employer and corporate relationships. Work with the Office of Academic Programs Staff to create and implement strategic processes that will guide SEAS’ career services to establish and maintain high-quality job placement pipelines, as well as nurture external career-related connections. This person will also be responsible for supporting the Office of Academic Programs events and operations.
Support Student Job Search Process
Provide career-counseling services for Master’s and Ph.D. students (resume and cover letter reviews, career direction, mock interviews, networking help, salary negotiations, etc.) from diverse backgrounds (ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, academic) with a focus on strong customer service.
Participate and help plan career activities including, but not limited to: employer and school information sessions, career fairs, career weeks, student events, off-campus recruiting and networking events.
Collaborate across departments (Alumni Relations, Communications and various schools and institutes) on career events and initiatives.
Assist with student/alumni self-marketing skills on social media sites such as LinkedIn, blogs, and personal websites.
Develop and deliver real and virtual career services workshops/events for prospective students, current students and alumni for professional development and employment opportunities.
Advise students on job and internship search process and professional skills development.
Employer and Alumni Engagement
Serve as liaison for current and potential employers seeking to connect with SEAS students or alumni for professional development and employ opportunities. Assist in brokering employment and internship arrangements.
Build community involvement at the campus level: invite employers to participate in various events organized to enhance student professional skills and maximizing employment opportunities.
Professional Skills Development
Facilitate the establishment of solid professional connections/networking opportunities for students. Evaluate these connections to inform such efforts for future years.
Lead efforts in organizing and facilitating professional development workshops for students.
Assist and manage student and employer database systems.
Track and analyze job placement data and use to inform networking/relationship building opportunities.
Track alumni contact data collaboratively with the SEAS Development team using additional tools such as SEASnet and Airtable.
Commitment to the SEAS mission.
Bachelor’s degree and at least three to five years of related experience in either career services or a related field.
Demonstrated experience and skills in multi-tasking, initiative in creative problem solving, and adaptability.
Proven ability to network and form productive professional relationships.
Demonstrated experience in building the tools and databases required for evidence-based decision-making.
Expertise with computers and database/statistical software, and the ability to effectively integrate technology into service delivery.
Demonstrated strong communication skills including verbal, written, presentation, and listening skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate well to staff and a diverse student body.
The desire to work in an office that places a high value on quality customer service, team orientation, and intentional planning. Ability to achieve results while contributing to the larger team. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a critical member of the Career Services team.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
Proven ability to handle detailed and confidential information in an accurate and timely manner.
Professional demeanor and presentation required.
Demonstrated ability to plan strategically.
A Master’s degree is strongly preferred or degree in a STEM related field. Work experience in higher education, the environment and sustainability fields or work with environmental issues. Experience with MPathways and Career Services Manager (Symplicity) recruiting modules. Familiarity with University of Michigan policies and procedures. Familiarity with FERPA and other government policies related to higher education.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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