Amherst College invites applications for a newly formulated Career Exploration Advisor position. The Career Exploration Advisor is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community with regard to race, ethnicity, ability, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
The Career Exploration Advisor, reporting to the Associate Director for Career Advising, is the main point person for students in the early phases of career exploration. The advisor’s primary focus will be providing quality advising and programming for first years and sophomores as they begin the process of considering their career options.
The advisor will provide 1-on-1 sessions and group workshops for students to reflect on their interests, values, personality, influences, skills, and strengths in order to identify opportunities and career paths that are a good fit. The advisor will also introduce students to resources designed to provide information about a wide range of careers and encourage multiple points of connection with the Loeb Center by making referrals to other relevant Loeb Center advisors.
In addition to supporting students through their career exploration process, the advisor will review application materials such as resumes and cover letters and offer mock interview practice. This person will also help provide general advising on topics such as networking, the Loeb Center’s Alumni-in-Residence program, the job search, graduate school, etc. This individual will also co-train and supervise the Loeb Center’s Peer Career Advisors (PCAs).
The Career Exploration Advisor will work effectively with diverse teams, demonstrate a commitment to continually improving how the Loeb Center serves Amherst students, and participate in the college’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Advise students 1-on-1 regarding career exploration via in-person appointments and telephone/e-mail consultations
Introduce students to Loeb Center resources
Conduct practice interviews and review and give feedback on application materials, such as resumes and cover letters
Connect with students from a variety of identities, backgrounds, and interests
Interpret self-assessments such as the MBTI and/or StrengthsQuest for students
Student Preparation and Programming
Plan and facilitate early exploration programming
Identify, update, and/or create resources/materials to support students in their career exploration (e.g., guides, platforms)
Collaborate with the internships advisors to enhance or build upon existing internship programming/advising resources
Support programs and workshops on networking, Alumni-in-Residence, the job search process and the graduate/professional school admission process
Co-train and supervise student Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
ABOUT AMHERST COLLEGE
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live
Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant professional experience or a master’s degree in a relevant field
Experience working and learning within diverse teams, and a commitment to effectively serving a diverse student population
Career advising skills with ability to understand diverse students’ needs and concerns
Excellent written and verbal communications, including strong public speaking ability
Demonstrated time management, project management and organizational skills
Experience in program and/or workshop design, implementation and administration
Collaborative, self-directed, detail-oriented, and able and willing to work under pressure
Success working both independently and in cross-functional teams
Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools, G-Suite and database systems
Work some evenings and weekends
Master's degree in Higher Education, counseling or a related discipline
Knowledge of college student development and career development theory
Expertise with career assessment instruments (Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, StrengthsFinder, etc.)