Career Services, Human Resource/Staffing, Recruiting/Talent Acquisition
The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) engages and supports students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. We do this in a team environment while adhering to our core values and guiding principles. The Career Center places a high priority on quality individual direct service and exceptional customer service for all key constituents. The Career Counselor will spend the majority of time providing direct service to University undergraduate students on a wide variety of career-related topics and industries. Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops. Industry and career community research, outreach and programming are also significant parts of the position. The Career Counselor will be supervised by and work in conjunction with the Director for Career Counseling & Advising. This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend work is required.
Career Counseling Services – 55%
Provides direct student service through individual appointments and office hours. Individual advising involves extensive counseling, coaching, and advising for students at all stages of career development including making sound decisions about academic major and career choices; learning how to identify and secure externships and internships; demonstrating the value and use of print and on-line career resources, and teaching students about resume writing, industry and employer research, interviewing skills, networking and internship/job search strategies.
Collaborates with the Exploration Team to engage students in career-development process earlier via creating innovative programming and key partnerships across the University.
Utilizes a range of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Clifton Strengths, etc. to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers. Develops and markets industry and career community specific programming and resources to faculty and students. Partners with faculty to enhance the relationship between academic and career advising.
Engages with employers and alumni to collect and disseminate industry and career community related information to students.
Participates in student tracking and evaluation processes designed to assess client activity, satisfaction, and the achievement of learning objectives; provides bi-annual reports and analysis of client information; uses client, counselor group, and supervisor feedback to improve counseling techniques.
Teaches portions of career planning classes or other career exploration and implementation workshops, as needed, with a particular focus on career-related resources, industries and services.
Contributes to the training and supervision of peer counselors, graduate and undergraduate interns, and work study students.
Career Services Programming - 35%
Facilitates creative and engaging workshops and presentations on a variety of career topics such as Choosing a Major, Writing Targeted Resumes and Cover Letters, Finding Internships, Conducting Internship and Job Searches, and Improving Interviewing Skills; collaborates with counseling team to evaluate and continually enhance programs and services to more effectively address student needs.
Develops programs to address a wide variety of topics such as advising students on decisions about academic majors, suggesting strategies for exploring career options, sharing effective methods to search for jobs/internships, and preparing for the transition from college; manages all logistical details of each program and event.
Researches, develops and delivers industry and career community-specific programming and invites relevant guest speakers based on assigned industry areas.
Works closely with student groups and organizations such as class councils, peer advisors, resident advisors, orientation leaders, CIOs, and affinity groups to develop and fulfill programing requests.
Partners with members of the counseling team to deliver COLA presentations to incoming first year students in the College of Arts & Sciences as well as other large and small programs for targeted groups.
Collaborates with Employer Relations Team to assure complimentary interface of programs and services for students interested in On-Grounds Interviewing, career fairs, employer visits, and position listings related to internships and full-time jobs; supports traditional and seeks new methods of communicating and marketing the value of employer programs to College students.
Administration and Technology – 10%
Supports Career Center efforts to develop relevant content and more extensively utilize technology in the delivery of student career-related and industry specific programs and services; implements marketing recommendations to reach students more effectively; in collaboration with other Career Center staff provides benchmarking and recommendations regarding priorities for technology service delivery.
Works with Career Center team members to continually develop new and edit existing content for website, published resources and industry and community area information.
Contributes to development of dynamic webpages for the Exploration community.
Attends and contributes to counselor group, staff, and core team meetings to share information and grow professionally, and to help develop and improve program offerings.
Serves on career work teams to support new initiatives involving career development, total advising and further the development of career communities across the University.
Participates in Career Center career fairs/events such as Graduate/Professional School Fair, Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs, and other small and large programs by assisting staff with logistics of those events and/or providing additional counseling appointments as needed.
Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field (May 2019 graduates will be considered)
Prior experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least three years' related professional experience
Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams
Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops
Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated program development and management experience
Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and employers
Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, FOCUS2, and Clifton Strengths
Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-related environment
Knowledgeable about print and on-line career resources
Proficient computer and web-based skills
Related university or professional experience especially with exploration and first-and-second year student programs
Experience with Handshake, Symplicity, or other CSM applications
Additional Salary Information: The anticipated salary range for this position is $45,000 - $48,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a term limited, two-year position, renewable based on continued funding and performance.