The Assistant Director of Career Readiness will serve as the Senior Career Specialist in the NSOE’s Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC), residing within Student Services. The position reports to the Director of Career and Professional Development. The CPDC’s primary audience consists of current (and alumni) MEM, MF, DEL-MEM, and concurrent degree professional students with varied levels of environmental and professional experience in policy, science, business, or management.
The Senior Career Specialist is responsible for maintaining and implementing the CPDC’s Career Readiness Curriculum (CRC) for professional students.
(50%) Providing practical career guidance through individual and group advising, developing and teaching core career skills lectures and workshops, and tailoring career advising specifically for environmental professionals. Includes knowledge of federal, private sector, and NGO hiring practices and early career fellowship programs.
(30%) Advising and coaching student groups and populations with specific needs relevant to career exploration, networking, and career treks.
(20%) General duties:
Preparing data reports and analyses for employment, internships, SACS, student profiles
Managing graduate assistants and onboarding part-time CPDC staff, students, volunteers, as assigned
Offering non-degree training sessions through executive education and/or Alumni Relations
Maintaining knowledge of best practices by actively seeking professional development in career coaching, counseling, and/or environmentally focused topics
Representing NSOE on thought leadership committees, groups comprised of career centers across Duke campus
Assisting Student Services or NSOE departments on career-relevant projects, including supporting professional student recruitment and admissions activities.
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Master's degree in career or general counseling and career counseling experience. 3+ years of professional experience working in an advisory capacity with students or professionals. Certified coaching credentials a plus. Knowledge of environmental professions and/or personal/professional interest in the environment a plus.
Proven experience utilizing the range of communication skills (coaching, listening, written, presentation) necessary to implement the CRC. Experience in the following workshop and core skills areas (but not limited to) is preferred: resume and cover letter writing, job/internship search, networking and interviewing, job offer/salary negotiation, working in teams, project management.
Knowledge of best practices including, but not limited to: career coaching, counseling theory, current environmental issues, higher ed, diverse and inclusive populations, international job searching and related regulations, etc.
Proven experience in project management is a must, including: financial/budget management, application assessment, and communicating university risk and liability policy.
Technical skills required to research, manage and implement software for web delivery of career content. Candidate must come up to speed quickly with web-based career development systems (i.e. GradLeaders). Experience managing vendor relationships a plus.
Experience with survey/evaluation tools, including Qualtrics, is a plus. Experience with appointment scheduling software and project management software preferred (e.g. Trello, Box, Outlook).
Proficiency with Microsoft Suite (including PowerPoint), online research and other productivity tools. Intermediate (or higher) Excel skills for data projects is required. Must be able to create and manage spreadsheets for shared use, perform data analyses, appropriately use relevant formulas, and create basic charts.
Must be a process-oriented, critical thinker who will increase efficiency and effectiveness of policies and procedures to benefit the populations served. Ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality is a must.
Strong team-oriented organizational and time management skills are essential. Position requires flexibility to adapt programming in response to ongoing evaluation. Successful candidates will demonstrate exemplary followership and communication skills. Comfort working in busy, highly visible, and highly computerized and customer-centric environment.
Must be willing to travel occasionally. Must be able to work occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours in support of NSOE activities (e.g., orientation, graduation, admitted student’s visitation weekend). Occasional lifting required during events. Must be willing to drive rented vehicles for official business, as needed.
Required Qualifications at this Level
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
About Duke University - Nicholas School of the Environment
The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) is a mid-sized school with approximately 70 regular-rank faculty and 100+plus employees, supporting undergraduate, masters and PhD educational programs. We have great locations on Duke’s West Campus in Durham, NC and at the Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC.