Associate Director, Career Counseling and Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 15, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Reporting to the Director of the MIT Career Services, the Associate Director leads multiple function areas, career counseling and career education, providing direct services to students and employers.
The Career Services team is part of MIT Career Development, which collaborates to help students develop and implement their educational and career plans. Career Development belongs to the Office of the Vice Chancellor that have set new goals to enhance professional development, diversity and inclusion, student well-being, and advising for undergraduate and graduate students.
This position is part of the Executive Director’s leadership team working to provide leadership in the establishment of policies and procedures to effectively deliver career development and preprofessional advising services and programs. Collaborates in the management of the office’s budget particularly as it pertains to career services programs. The incumbent represents the center at meetings and provides input and information to the institute related to career and employment issues for MIT students and alumni.
In support of the above mission, this position provides leadership for career-related programs and delivery systems designed to enhance career development and career competencies for students as well as to enhance employer relations to create opportunities for students.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Manages and supervises the Career Counseling & Education team involved in providing services to students, recent alumni, post-docs, and employers. Provides overall team leadership setting the policies and standards. Directly responsible for undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoc engagement in counseling and advising including one-one contact, group advising sessions, and career development resources.
Provides oversight for several broad function areas including career counseling and assessment, internship and employment search preparation, career exploration, career education and training and recruitment services.
Develop and implement innovative program models that assist STEM-intensive students in career development and exploration.
Oversees training and development of career development topics, i.e. assessment, career exploration to all staff who advise students.
Collaborate and develop relationships with academic and administrative departments, faculty, and key personnel to connect students with relevant resources, programs, and opportunities. Coordinates meetings and training to external offices that provide career counseling to MIT students and postdocs.
Develop programs and workshops to educate students about career and summer opportunities in all disciplines and backgrounds. Create specialty programs for students in targeted fields that are typically underserved at MIT, i.e. global health, social impact, and international development.
Leads the development of policy, rules and practices regarding career development programs.
Participates in providing general career services to students, including career counseling and drop-in sessions, workshops and presentations, and special programming.
Provides supervisory oversight to the Career Assistant Intern Program.
Serves on institute committees and task forces as required. Represents the institute at state, regional, and national professional career services-related associations.
Supervision Received.Reports to the Director of Career Services.
Supervision Exercised.Oversees a team of administrative and support staff members.
Contacts Required.The Associate Director has regular contact with staff and faculty throughout the Institute, as well as outside constituencies including employers, and professional colleagues. Represents the center to students, parents, employers, alumni, and other groups. Provides some consultation, advising and mentoring to students and student groups. Provides consultation to employers.
Level of Public Contact (Statement of internal and external business contact - frequency and scope.)
Internal: Daily with academic administrators, faculty, prospective students, enrolled students ranging from freshmen thru graduate students and student leaders. Occasional contact with MIT senior administration.
External: Frequent contact with other career services professionals, with student groups, and with the parents of students. Frequent contact with the leaders of civic organizations, college relations coordinators, personnel directors, plant managers, recruiters and interviewers from all sectors of business, industry, education, and government.
Education: The Associate Director position requires a Master's degree (emphasis in counseling, student affairs, human resource management or related field).
Experience: Five or more years of experience in a career center or higher education setting, related to career development and recruiting services.
Special Requirements: A Masters degree in higher education, career counseling or a related field required.
Five or more years of relevant experience in higher education. Knowledge of Science and Technology careers as well as where analytically oriented graduates can add value in a world where production of science and engineering graduates is increasing worldwide.
Prior experience developing and implementing career programs, providing career or academic counseling, as well as knowledge of corporate relations, required.
A deep interest in and enthusiasm about the principles of an MIT education, and in extending that education to contributing to society and solving the world’s problems.
Demonstrated leadership qualities and broad understanding of career opportunities available to MIT students and graduates.
Ability to interact collaboratively and effectively with students and faculty at a research institution
High ethical standards, knowledge and appreciation of cross-cultural and bias issues, and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to listen carefully and communicate tactfully.
Preferred qualifications include organization, written and oral communication skills, ability to oversee multiple tasks with attention to detail, supervisory experience, a motivated/enthusiastic work style, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a broad range of internal and external constituents.
Preferred computer skills include familiarity with career services online technology and career services management systems.
Ability to develop and manage programs involving students, practitioners, faculty and staff. Ability to establish rapport with students and to help them develop their career plans.
Strong commitment to student life and learning, and to student career development. Working knowledge of career development theory.
Ability to advocate appropriately within the office and in the greater community.
Experience in information technology, team-building, consensus-building and project management.