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Interviews for this role are planned for October 2019. Anticipated start date is January 2020.
The Assistant Director of Career Services and Professional Development in the Pratt School of Engineering serves students in the Master of Engineering Management, Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering degree programs. The Assistant Director is part of a dynamic Career Services & Professional Development team (CSPD) providing high-level service to prepare Engineering Master’s students for professional success. This role requires flexibility and a willingness to work in various campus settings, including an office in the Duke Career Center and a shared satellite space in the Pratt School of Engineering. The Assistant Director assists with “One Duke” career programs, fairs, strategic initiatives, and special projects. This role also works within the Pratt School of Engineering on large events such as, Tech Connect and the Engineering + Computing Showcase.
Provide individual and group coaching (e.g., search work teams) to Engineering Master’s Students on career choice, the internship/job/PhD program search process, and successful transition into the world of work.
Assist students with the development of a search project plan and strategy for sustaining a search over time.
Provide feedback and advice to international and domestic graduate students to aid them in their ability to conduct a productive search and develop professional skills for the world of work.
Utilize a variety of technology systems and resources to provide high-quality coaching to students. Lead team technology projects when appropriate.
Be knowledgeable about campus resources focused on mental health and wellness, referring students when appropriate.
Create a safe environment based on confidentiality, trust, and follow-through in which students may share their experiences and express doubts and frustrations.
Teaching & Training
Create innovative workshops and events that facilitate preparation for the search process and successful transition to the world of work.
Contribute to online learning efforts in the creation of content and on-demand learning opportunities for students.
Employ innovation in combination with known best practices in the development of teaching and training opportunities for students to accelerate learning.
Remain current on best practices in career coaching, graduate student professional success, international student transition to the US, modern search techniques, and the professional skills required in the current and future world of work. Use this knowledge to drive direct service, workshops/events, and online learning recommendations.
Assessment & Data Analysis
Conduct regular feedback sessions to understand the career development needs of current and incoming Engineering Master’s students to inform teaching and training efforts of the team.
Determine fiscal requirements and prepare budgetary recommendations for program activities. Monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds to ensure fiscal responsibility.
Monitor and assess program effectiveness (coaching, workshops, events, online learning) through appropriate evaluation methods.
Recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness based on evidence and identified trends.
Monitor student career outcomes (internship & full-time) for Engineering Master’s Programs, report first destination statistics and use results to inform discussions with students.
Stakeholder Engagement & Communications
Develop and maintain partnerships with Pratt School of Engineering faculty and staff, including acting as a liaison between Career Services & Professional Development and one of more departments/programs.
Engage a network of industry professionals, alumni and professional associations that are of interest to Engineering Master’s students to help them better understand post-graduation career options, enhance students’ opportunities to develop professional skills, and develop career communities among the students.
Implement events to cultivate relationships with current and potential employers of Engineering Master’s students including but not limited to: industry roundtables, Nights with Industry, and the Engineering + Computing Showcase.
Contribute to the creation and deployment of the CSPD weekly newsletter.
Develop relationships with OneDuke career professionals across campus to support collaborative efforts that advance shared goals.
Leverage opportunities to communicate individual work and the work of CSPD team to stakeholders.
Competitive candidates will have a Master’s degree and at least one year of relevant experience in a university or graduate/professional school career services and/or professional development office.
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Work generally requires communications, analytical and organizational skills acquired through completion of a master's degree.
Work requires one year of experience in a placement or other student services function to gain considerable knowledge of career counseling and placement programs. Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience
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