The Career Development Specialist coordinates one or more career development programs or projects, acts as a liaison to a targeted population of students and delivers a range of services to enhance career development and career competencies for students. Additionally, works to strengthen partnerships and collaborations with related employers, faculty, staff and student organizations.
The position serves on the Career Services team and is part of the newly formed Career Advising and Professional Development (formerly Global Education and Career Development) , which collaborates to help students develop and implement their educational and career plans and cultivate the professional skills necessary to be successful in the global market.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides a comprehensive range of career development services, including career counseling, outreach, workshops, seminars and drop-in advising services, employment preparation, and course instruction.
Administers and interprets individual interest, skills, abilities, and values assessment instruments; including, but not limited to Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Strengths- Quest, Computer-Assisted Career Guidance (CACG) and various card sorts and self-assessment materials.
Acts as a liaison to one or more academic programs or targeted populations. Plans programming for assigned population, including needs assessment and development of targeted services, program evaluation results and assessment of learning and development outcomes, reporting, identification of career-related materials and resources and development of expertise specific to the assigned area. Programming may include, but is not limited to, workshops, orientations, networking receptions, career panels, employment preparation, and meetings with key student groups.
Assists in the coordination of one or more career development programs or projects, including program planning, marketing and promotion, evaluation, reporting, coordinating staff and logistics and scheduling activity.
Develops partnerships and collaborations with related faculty, department administrators, staff, student organizations and employers. Develops career outreach programming, career workshops, relevant internet resources, career planning handouts and publications. Also collaborates actively with faculty, academic departments, student leaders, alumni, and employers on a regular basis in relation to programming efforts.
Maintains relationships with employers related to their liaison assignment and conducts employer outreach related to the populations served. May travel to conduct site visits and develop new employer relationships.
Coordinates Career Services workshop programming, including facilitating planning, marketing and promotion, evaluation, reporting, coordinating staff and scheduling activity.
Assists in the creation of career information for our website and handbook. Reviews new career development resources and makes recommendations for team.
Through the team, helps to promote global education experiences as well as the need for career planning to faculty and students. Collaborates with academic administrators to identify, define and meet student career planning, experiential learning, global education and employment needs, goals and objectives.
Collaborates with the Career Services team in the delivery of overall career services and student services and supports overall office efforts. Provides support across all career services programs.
The Career Development Specialist performs related duties as required or deemed appropriate to the accomplishment of the responsibilities and functions of his/her area. The Career Development Specialist serves on various university committees as needed.
May supervise and provide training to Career Assistants and undergraduate student workers.
Reports to the Associate Director for Career Counseling and Education.
May supervise one or more career assistants or student workers on projects and assist in the training of Career Assistants.
Understanding 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 in delivering career programming and career counseling.
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.
Interest and experience in working with first-year students.
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.
Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to listen carefully and communicate tactfully.
Organization, written and oral communication skills, ability to engage in multiple tasks, a motivated/enthusiastic work style, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a broad range of internal and external constituents.
Prior experience developing and implementing career programs, providing career or academic counseling, as well as knowledge of corporate relations, preferred.
Familiarity with career services online technology and career services management systems.
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.
Experience in being an effective member of a team.