The Assistant Director for Career Counseling & Engagement Initiatives is charged with 1) leading and managing innovative and evolving career counseling programs and related services for CLA undergraduate students and recent alumni (up to one year), 2) strengthening programs, services and resources that support liberal arts student career exploration and planning aligned with CLA’s academic majors and career fields, and 3) serving as a key leader for a new office-wide engagement initiative that advances career management development for CLA students. This role also has supervisory responsibility for the career counseling team and oversees the work of undergraduate peer advisors, graduate interns, and counseling volunteers. This position reports to the career services director and is a member of the CLA Career Services leadership team.
CLA Career Services has a strong commitment to support the University’s goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate for all. We are seeking a diverse pool of candidates with varying identities and backgrounds.
Full information about CLA Career Services can be found at www.clacareer.umn.edu and the CLA Career Readiness Initiative can be found at www.cla.umn.edu/career-readiness.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
50% Career Counseling & Engagement Initiatives Leadership The Assistant Director for Career Counseling & Engagement Initiatives is charged with delivering scalable, high-quality, inclusive, and increasingly unavoidable career support that advances the career management development for CLA’s 13,000+ undergraduate students across more than 60+ majors and 30+ departments in the College. This role has oversight of many of the student-facing programs and services for CLA Career Services.
- Leadership and Management of Career Counseling Program for CLA Career Services: Oversee career counseling appointments, drop-in services (counselor and peer-led), resource room operations, and career counseling operational needs, including oversight of APLUS system. Manage all aspects of assessment and evaluation for career counseling programs and services and use data to drive continuous improvement in this realm. Contribute to Outcomes Survey assessment process. Respond to requests for data and reporting information as requested from individuals within and beyond CLA Career Services. Oversee the delivery of a robust paraprofessional program for CLA Career Services, to include undergraduate peer staff and graduate interns. Lead the development of greater student-facing self-serve resources and scalable tools to provide more and better support to students and alumni clients. Coordinate with CLA Advising and Student Services colleagues to ensure Career Services is well-connected and coordinated with other student support services in the College.
- Leadership of Career Fields effort in CLA Career Services: Lead an effort to offer increasingly robust major/career exploration and planning resources across the eight career fields most common for CLA students to pursue: arts, business, communication & media, education, government & law, healthcare & science, nonprofit & advocacy, and tech. Expand Career Field programming and resources in partnership with the Employer Engagement team and the career counseling team.
- Leadership of Departmental Outreach initiative in CLA Career Services: Oversee the departmental outreach initiative in ways that contribute to increasingly inclusive, high-impact, and unavoidable Career Management development in CLA via partnerships with academic departments. Collaborate with the CLA Career Services leadership team and the Career Readiness Initiative to maximize opportunities for CLA students via academic departments where possible. Ensure that each major/department in CLA has an effective career counselor liaison who provides tailored career management support to their students. Maintain knowledge of industry and workforce trends and issues relevant to the career development needs of liberal arts students and infuse these insights throughout CLA’s majors/departments and Undergraduate Education through the work of the career counseling team.
- Leadership of Career Management Engagement Initiatives in CLA Career Services: Develop and lead a new career management engagement strategy for CLA Career Services, in partnership with other UGE units including Career Readiness. Develop and execute an engagement initiative designed to engage career management champions to help advance the career management development of CLA students in scalable ways. The first cohort in this model will be CLA staff, working in collaboration with Career Readiness in CLA and the Career Readiness/Career Services UGE Training Committee. Additional potential groups could include peers, alumni, parents, faculty, etc. Contribute to the development of a suite of tools that will be used throughout engagement efforts to advance scalable career management development for CLA students (ex. career management tracker tool, modules, other self-serve tools/resources). Build and oversee the strategy and implementation of a new effort to prioritize greater career support for under-resourced and underserved students, and those who experience the greatest career barriers. Do this in alignment with other office priorities and goals, including those around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Build and oversee the strategy and implementation of a new effort to better meet the needs of exploring students and those in their first and second year in CLA, including transfer students, working collaboratively with the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration and the curriculum coordinator.
10% Student-facing Work -Provide career counseling to small numbers of students as needed -May serve as a liaison to build and maintain relationships with a small group of majors/departments in CLA as part of the departmental career counseling initiative in CLA Career Services -Facilitate classroom presentations, networking events, and other related student-facing programs as needed -Teach career management courses as needed
20% Supervision & Training - Supervise the career counseling team and lead a robust training program for career counseling team and paraprofessionals to ensure staff are well-trained to serve our diverse population in CLA, knowledgeable about industry and workforce trends relevant to liberal arts students, and skilled counselors able to advance the career management development of CLA students. - Facilitate other UGE-wide trainings on career management topics as needed. - Serve on the UGE-wide Career Readiness/Career Management training committee to help advance career-related unit-wide training and professional development in UGE.
10% CLA Career Services Leadership - Serve as a member of the CLA Career Services leadership team. - Contribute to the development of the office strategic plan and support the director in providing leadership to the department to deliver on office vision and goals. - Engage in assessment plan for the unit, advance the office communication strategy, and assist with a range of communication needs for the unit as needed or as called upon. - Represent CLA Career Services at key college and campus-wide events (e.g. Admissions events, Orientation, Welcome Week, UGE Events, etc.). - As a leadership team member, contribute to work being done across CLA Career Services, Career Readiness and Undergraduate Education as needed. - Contribute to college-wide priorities to advance student success and deliver excellence in undergraduate education.
10% Professional Development & Service - Commitment to ongoing social justice and racial equity work in order to identify, challenge, and remove barriers to access at the individual, community, and system level. - Engage in professional development and scholarly activity in the field of student affairs and career development to maintain knowledge of trends and best practices (e.g. membership in professional associations, attendance at conferences and seminars, write articles, serve on teams and collaborate with other professional groups, etc.). - Participate in Career Services, Undergraduate Education, College and University-wide committees as requested. Evening and weekend hours may be required. - Other duties as assigned and as appropriate to the individual’s background and experience.
The Assistant Director for Career Counseling & Engagement Initiatives reports to the Career Services Director and is a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable depending upon performance and funding position, to start as soon as possible. Salary is commensurate with education and experience; minimum salary for this position is $65,000.
Required qualifications: - Requires BA/BS with at least 8 years of experience and prior oversight of a small department or cross-disciplinary team - Progressively responsible experience providing career and/or student services support to undergraduate students - Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience - Demonstrated effectiveness supporting principles of equal opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience supporting students and staff with varying identities and backgrounds - Demonstrated experience developing and leading career counseling, student services, or engagement programs/initiatives for undergraduate students - Experience with program evaluation or assessment and a strong commitment to ensuring quality and continuous improvement in a student services setting - Tolerance for ambiguity, enthusiasm for innovation, and capacity to implement change - Excellent communicator (written and oral) with strong presentation skills, capable of serving as a representative for CLA Career Services to internal and external groups - Superior interpersonal skills and proven ability to develop and maintain collaborative professional partnerships with a diverse range of constituent groups (ex. Colleagues, faculty, staff, students, employers, alumni, the external community, etc.) - Able to articulate vision for student service excellence that highlights the value of a liberal arts education
Preferred qualifications: - Master’s degree in counseling, student affairs, higher education, or a related field - Experience providing career counseling and/or career course instruction to liberal arts students - Demonstrated experience delivering effective career development, student services, student engagement, or other related student-centered programs/initiatives in a large-scale context - Systems thinker who is able to conceptualize how to maximize data, assessment insights, and technology tools to deliver inclusive, effective, relevant, and tailored career development support for undergraduate students in a large-scale context - Familiarity with national trends and leading practices in higher education career development and the related needs specific to Generation Z - Demonstrated evidence of advancing inclusive excellence in higher education as a core aspect of professional practice - Experience using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and Strengths assessments - Familiarity with the University of Minnesota and its College of Liberal Arts
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