The Career Services Specialist is responsible for supporting the career/employment needs of students with disabilities registered with the Division of Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) through: (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of campus and off-campus outreach efforts; (2) individual and group developmental career experiences; and, (3) the establishment and maintenance of employment-related partnerships in industry.
Duties and Responsibilities
Build relationships and collaborate with staff from departmental career service programs, the university Career Center, and other university units supporting the employment and career options of University of Illinois students and alumni through job fairs, workshops, etc.
Serve as DRES liaison to the Career Services Center, including attending meetings held throughout the academic year and serving on sub-committees.
Develop/refine the Career Support Services (CSS) available to currently registered DRES students and alumni based on need and interests related to aspects of employment and career development.
Supervise graduate hourly, undergraduate, and graduate student interns who work with the CSS program.
Establish DRES alumni relations and outreach in support of the CSS program.
Participate in the development and implementation of disability education and employment accommodations for corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit entities wanting to enhance the inclusion and diversity of their workforce.
Coordinate and collaborate with DRES staff and campus stakeholders, partners, and allies to plan and support National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities in October of each year.
Actively participate in grant projects through meeting established and developing future milestones, and serve as point of contact for awarding agencies.
Recruit, plan, implement and evaluate student participation in diversity-related programming, and facilitate student networking at career events.
Provide direct services and support to students and alumni with disabilities related to career development and employment preparation, resume and cover letter creation, job search strategies, and interview preparation.
Counsel students and alumni on disability-related topics, such as self-advocacy skill development, requesting reasonable accommodations in the workplace, the disability disclosure process, and transition planning, as needed.
Recruit and prepare students to participate in internship and employment programs specifically designed for students with disabilities, such as the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program, Microsoft Autism Hiring Program, Lime Connect, and Workforce Recruitment Programs.
With campus and off-campus employment partners, develop a job shadowing and mentoring program for students to increase knowledge of career options and opportunities.
Develop and maintain multimedia presence by providing resources to students and alumni, including updated information on CSS within the DRES website, and regular announcements on social media and through the electronic employment newsletter.
Remain current in the knowledge and understanding of the ADAAA/employment accommodations.
Collaborate with other DRES staff in the ongoing refinement of internal service policies, procedures, and practices.
Schedule, coordinate, and conduct tours of DRES administrative and service facilities to visitors, alumni, faculty/staff, and university officials.
Develop and offer career development and transition courses for DRES students.
Organize Summer STEM camp opportunity through partnerships with campus units.
Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements and Qualifications
This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, career/vocational development, counseling or related area.
Minimum of one academic year experience working with college students, preferably in a setting related to career development, academic advising or student success or one academic year experience with other clients on job search related skills and topics required.
The position requires a self-starter with the ability to deliver a high level of interactive service, develop and maintain collaborative relationships inside and outside of the unit, prioritize effectively, as well as proactively solve problems. The successful applicant must work well under pressure, have the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy, possess strong written and verbal communication skills along with exceptional organizational skills. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to work well with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and industry contacts at all levels within a diverse, multi-cultural, collaborative environment.
Knowledge of job search strategies and career development theories, best practices and resources is required. Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of ADAAA employment accommodations is preferred. Familiarity with online career database systems such as Grad Leaders, Handshake, Symplicity and other current and emerging technologies within the career development field is preferred.