Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.
Assistant Director, Career Education, Communication, Arts, and Media
As a critical member of the Boston College Career Center Career Education team, the Assistant Director serves as a career coach within a designated career cluster, in this case, communication, arts, and media. The individual in this role is responsible for one-on-one career coaching, career programming, networking events, other related educational events and some employer engagement. The assistant director must be extremely relatable to students, a strong relationship builder (with diverse stakeholders including alumni, employers and faculty), adept at event management and adaptable to changing trends in student interests, and market trends.
In addition, the individual in this role works closely with all members of the Career Center team and operates within the broader vision and mission of the Career Center to empower students to pursue lives of meaning and impact. The Assistant Director’s work will be informed by our career development model – Explore, Prepare, Act – which considers the needs of students at each stage of this process. The Center embraces the value of a Jesuit liberal arts education, which prepares students to discern their gifts and talents and how they want to use them to engage the world.
Individual and Group Career Coaching - 50%
Serve as an industry expert for a designated career cluster, staying up-to-date on recruiting practices, hiring timelines, and industry trends
Provide one-on-one and group career coaching to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni on career-specific information to help them prepare for and conduct a job, internship, or graduate school search; topics include industry exploration, search strategies, preparation of application materials, interview preparation, and salary negotiation
Create and update educational materials on a range of career topics, including web content and worksheets
Adapt coaching style to the unique backgrounds and identities of Boston College students
Maintain proficiency with online tools, resources, and career coaching methods to continuously improve services to students
Support the overall work of the Boston College Career Center by providing career coaching to all students during drop-ins and during peak times in the academic year
Develop and implement a plan to address the needs of students interested in pursuing careers in designated career cluster areas; develop and present career development related programming on a variety of career topics in different formats
Build relationships and maintain regular contact with relevant campus partners in Student Affairs, Mission and Ministry, Academic Affairs, and student organizations
In close collaboration with colleagues in employer outreach and on-campus recruiting, maintain relationships with alumni/employers in your cluster to engage them in on-campus programs and learn from them about trends in their industry
Review and recommend appropriate career resources and web content for students seeking jobs, internships, or graduate school related to communication, arts, and media
Conduct assessment and evaluation to support programmatic development and outcomes
Assist with administrative responsibilities such as operations planning, data management, and reporting for the Career Center, Division of Student Affairs, and Boston College
Maintain comprehensive records on engagement with students and employers
Cross-Functional Teams and University Initiatives -25%
Serve on various cross-functional teams to promote the vision and direction of the Career Center; support the overall work of the Career Center team’s strategic priorities and major events and programs, including career fairs and Endeavor
Lead a team in implementing one or more Career Center team-wide programs or initiatives
Contribute to the Career Center’s strategic planning process in order to evolve Career Center services and programs
Represent Boston College and the Career Center in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes; revise programs to reflect trends and increase the center’s visibility of professionals in the field
Represent the Career Center on university committees about community issues
Functional and Technical Competencies
Ability to design, deliver, and present to students and colleagues at workshops and special events
Commitment to working with diverse populations (e.g. AHANA, LGBTQ, first generation)
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills
Collaborative and team-oriented working style and the ability to thrive in a changing, dynamic environment
Ability to be flexible and function effectively as a team leader and contributor
Ability to adapt with organizational needs
Demonstrated comfort in using technology to deliver career programming and information
Willingness to conduct program assessment, look critically at results, and use findings to improve Career Center services and resources
Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:
3 plus years - 62,640 - 78,300
0-3 years - 56,720 - 70,900
Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, Human Resource Management, professional degree, or related degree preferred; or bachelor’s degree with industry experience in a related career field.
Experience Minimum of 1-3 years of previous experience coaching students on career or related issues Experience in developing and implementing career-related programming and or trainings Experience creating strong relationships with external constituents preferred
Exceptional Work Schedule Demands There is a need to work occasional evenings and weekends, with peak periods during the academic year, as dictated by student-focused programs and events.
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at http://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.
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