Job No: 496732 Position Type: full-time Location: Lewisburg, PA Categories: Other, University Advancement / Alumni Relations
University Advancement (UA) is here to advance the mission of Bucknell University by engaging the Bucknell community. It is only through the support of alumni, parents and friends - by opening doors to career opportunities, engaging others to join the conversation and community, and entrusting us with their philanthropic commitments -- that we can further elevate Bucknell as a leader in undergraduate education.
Our team is dedicated to this mission and unified by five values: Lead with Integrity Embrace a Collaborative and Inclusive Spirit Be Open and Receptive Nurture Creativity and Innovation Foster a Culture of Empowerment and Knowledge
These values also illustrate how we bring, as a division, the University's strategic plan to life and exercise our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on a daily basis.
As part of UA, the mission of the Center for Career Advancement is to educate Bucknellians in the art of integrating an individual's career goals with their varied academic and life experiences. We encourage students and alumni to learn the process of making informed and thoughtful career decisions by providing diverse learning experiences, quality resources, career expertise and the opportunity to create meaningful connections with an engaged university community.
The Career Coach position is primarily responsible for assisting current undergraduates by providing career coaching, business etiquette and professional skills development, assessments, programs and resources to help individuals move their career interests forward. This role will also lead efforts in the ongoing development and cultivation of an industry career community (Business & Consulting) and related employer development work. Additional program management responsibilities may include supervising the CCA Career Interns, co-leading the Bucknell job shadow program for students or managing the senior transitions series, Life After Bucknell. This position reports to the Associate Director, Industry Connections & Experiences.
Coach current undergraduate students individually or in groups on career-related issues including career/major decision-making, internship and job search strategies, resume writing, cover letter writing, interview preparation, networking strategies, and professional etiquette and appropriate behavior
Advise students in creating career action plans, and identifying current knowledge and competency gaps, suggesting experiential learning and other strategies to complete career goals and milestones
Advise students on effective approaches for maintaining a professional online presence, including e-portfolio management, and professional profiles on on-line platforms such as Handshake and LinkedIn
Develop and teach workshops, seminars and on-line tutorials on various career issues that may include career planning, job search techniques, and employment-related concerns
Conduct employment and graduate school practice/mock interviews
Offer and review various career assessment tool results/interpretations for students
Utilize baseline metrics and evaluation processes to measure program and learning objectives
Work closely with faculty, advisors and student development partners to identify opportunities for collaboration
Staff weekly Drop-In Hours and on call schedule as needed
Keep current on career coaching/ counseling methodologies and employment trends and best practices through personal research and professional development opportunities, share research and information with the Center for Career Advancement team and the university community
Assist with the creation and maintenance of career development educational resources, web content and marketing/promotional materials as needed
Lead and oversee the development and launch of a Business & Consulting career community
Develop regular promotion and messaging campaigns to students and campus community regarding activities of the career community
Research, explore and, as appropriate, recommend and/or implement new and strategic ways to educate students in intentional group career learning, programming and interactions
Develop metrics to assess success, identify gaps and show impact of career community activities each semester
Work closely with the Employer Engagement team, researching top employers in leading industries and reviewing lists of alumni/parents at these organizations. Determine who to approach for initial conversation to introduce Bucknell
Identify at least five new organizations per month of interest to Bucknell students to explore to build relationships and facilitate recruiting opportunities
Plan and coordinate in-person visits and/or oversee referrals for suggested next steps with career center employer development & recruiting staff
Relationship Management & Communication:
Collaborate with upperclass students to provide career preparation programs for younger students.
Collaborate with key College of Management, College of Engineering and College of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff to provide career preparation, search strategies and networking programs for students
Partner with UA colleagues who work with alumni and parents in assigned career community
Answer emails and phone calls in a timely fashion and a professional manner
Continually monitor feedback regarding events and adjust programs as necessary
Attend department and team meetings and actively participate in strategic planning conversations
Attend divisional and university meetings
Maintain confidential student, alumni and employer records, utilizing the CCA's database system and the university's database
Participate in student and alumni events, such as career fairs, networking events and large-scale university weekends (Family/Reunion/Homecoming/Admissions)
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in related area
Two (2) years of professional experience which can include higher education, university career services, human resources/corporate recruitment, business, consulting or a related field
Experience advising college students or adults in career planning initiatives and/or job search strategies
Demonstrated knowledge of career assessment tools, including ability to review and interpret results
Strong knowledge of and skills in LinkedIn and basic awareness of other social media platforms used in career networking
Demonstrated ability to be creative, take initiative, and communicate effective with a wide range of personalities
Demonstrated understanding of and appreciation for the relationship between the liberal arts and employability
Demonstrates proficiency with technology such as database functions/reports, Microsoft Word and Excel, Google suite of products, internet/email usage, etc.
Valid US driver's license
Other Requirements: This position requires occasional evening and weekend work to support UA's events including blocks of time for major events such as Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, and Homecoming, and other event support as required. Staff should mark their calendars for major events and events in their department. Exceptions require supervisory approval. Also required is a commitment to attend, participate, facilitate or lead on-campus and off-campus events/activities outside of normal business hours as appropriate.
Exempt Employees: Exempt employees are required to work as much time as is necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position without additional compensation, even if the work is performed beyond standard work hours.
Master's degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Counseling, Human Resources, MBA or other business related advanced degree
Experience working in a college setting
Knowledge of recruiting software
Experience with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system such as Blackbaud or Handshake