Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time Career Development Specialist- Government, Social Services & Education Clusters. This is an 11-month position and has an anticipated start date of June 1, 2019. Applications should be submitted prior to the end of day March 25th.
Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minn., that prepares over 2,200 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.
Gustavus Adolphus College recently received a $10 million gift to support the expansion of a high performing career development operation. The position takes on an industry specific cluster that will provide all students with career advisement, mentors, as well as opportunities for students to build relationships with industry leaders.
This focus of the Career Development Specialist will be for students pursuing careers in Government, Social Services, and/or Education. Successful candidates will have an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to helping students from diverse backgrounds to build necessary mentoring relationships and to secure the best experiential learning and post-graduate outcomes to match their goals. The ideal candidate will be a talented collaborator, who is able to balance a robust workload, work effectively in teams, and complete work independently. This role is about being a connector. This person will be a unique professional who is able to balance direct advising, building robust networks, and assisting students with developing a professional attribute that enables them to confidently compete in an ever-changing world of work.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Serve as liaison to assigned academic units and special populations to provide assigned outreach/requested programs and information.
Meet with key constituent groups (academic advisors, faculty, staff, and student organizations) to identify career development and employment.
Regularly connect with academic departments as appropriate for cluster.
Cultivate new relationships and maintain existing relationships with graduate programs/employers/alumni to provide students with access to meaningful opportunities.
Organize on-campus recruiting activities and off-campus site visits, including job postings, campus interviews, and specialized recruiting events appropriate to the field represented.
Advise students individually and in group settings on topics such as: major exploration, understanding of career identity, understanding the complexity of industries/job functions/organizational culture, writing professional documents related to the job search or entrance into graduate school, and interviewing techniques.
Aid students in developing strategies for improving students' career preparation through identification of mentors that will have a profound impact in developing their career strategy.
Possess the ability to utilize technology and social media to promote resources, programming, events and services for students.
Collaborate with office to provide career events and programs (i.e. Government Non-profit Fair, etc.)
Coordinate and delivers programs relating to assigned career cluster.
Participate in ongoing professional development activities to ensure best practices of specific industries.
All administrative functions related to cluster(s) management including: webpage, events management, assessment, evaluations.
Engage in professional development in career development field and cluster area.
Participate in office, division and College meetings, programs, committees and assignments as directed.
All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree required
Ability to work with students in a multi-faceted capacity that includes: advising, mentoring, and collaboration.
Must have an interest in working with students, employers, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with interests in a variety of industries/job functions.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships.
Must be team oriented with strong interpersonal skills and ability to think creatively; entrepreneurial, fast-learner, and the ability to build programmatically.
Ability to use technology required for the role, such as social media, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases.
Attentive to details; must possess strong writing and editing capability.
Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver's license and willingness to travel (primarily in Twin-Cities and southern MN).
Ability to work with people of multiple hierarchical levels that include: students, alumni, faculty, trustees, and executives.
Must bring a sense of energy, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and strong work ethic.
Graduate/professional degree strongly preferred (all areas of study will be considered).
3 years of experience outside of higher education in Government, Social Services, or Education.
Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, www.gustavus.edu/humanresources/employment to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Contact information for three (3) references
Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Gustavus Adolphus College is a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and boldly open to insight. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equipping students to lead purposeful lives and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We seek employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity.
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