Assistant Director for Career Education & Counseling

Los Angeles, California
Mar 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1887, Occidental College is a small, highly selective and diverse liberal arts college in a big city. We are located near the heart of Los Angeles in Eagle Rock, one of the city's most eclectic and interesting neighborhoods. As one of only a few liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area, we give our community members access to all of the cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in Southern California.


Occidental College is embarking upon phase two of a multi-year strategic plan to establish itself as a national leader in providing students with career and professional development support. As part of the college’s plan, a new, state-of-the art Hameetman Career Center (HCC) opened in April 2016. The HCC is home to Career Services; Pre-Health Advising; and National and International Awards. Under the leadership of President Veitch, our work aligns with our institutional commitment to provide meaningful experiences for students in Los Angeles, across the nation, and worldwide:

To learn more about the Hameetman Career Center, please click on the following link or copy and paste the link in a web browser

About Career Services
  These best-in-class services include contemporary career readiness programs for all students; donor-funded internship programs; and targeted employer and alumni relations programs.


Reporting to the Senior Associate Director for Career Education and Campus Partnerships, the Assistant Director for Career Education & Counseling will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing high-quality career counseling and coaching to all undergraduate students.
  • Coach students regarding career decision-making, career assessments and the graduate school process.
  • Helping students learn and develop strong industry-specific job search knowledge and professional skills in preparation for internship and full-time jobs.
  • Developing competencies in contemporary career readiness skills and preparation in resume writing, interviewing, and networking, and informational interviewing.
  • Serving as a campus partner for academic departments and high-impact campus programs.
  • Leading research efforts related to new career education programming. Leading the development of new career education programs and curriculum for sophomores, and juniors.
  • Leading collaborative team discussions related to the development of new, contemporary career education programming and events for first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  •  Overseeing the career management system resume approval process; reviewing and approving resumes and providing substantive feedback to ensure students are competent in resume writing.
  • Designing, developing, scheduling and conducting presentations on career and professional development competencies.
  • Serving as the analytical point-person collecting and reporting qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided by the career education team.
  • Assisting with updating and maintaining the content of the career center’s resources, website, and career guides.
  • Administer and interpret career development assessments such as StrengthsQuest, MBTI, Strong Interest.
  • Identify new and innovative ways of delivering career services through social media, virtual workshops and one-on-one counseling interactions.
  • Stay abreast of current industry-related hiring trends and employer feedback to better prepare students for today’s global professional workforce.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred in counseling; human resources; higher education; organizational management; leadership; or a related field or liberal arts.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in career counseling, corporate recruiting/talent acquisition, or a related fields.
  • Strong preference for candidates with Corporate Campus Recruiting or industry experience.
  • Strong competency in all aspects of the career development process and knowledgeable about a wide-variety of industries and industry hiring needs.
  • Demonstrated competency in translating employer hiring needs and interview requirements to students and alumni.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and presentation skills with an ability to develop and sustain strong relationships and partnerships with employers; alumni; human resources professionals; fundraising professionals; donors; admissions personnel; faculty; other key members of the campus community.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Team player with ability to work in a collaborative, high performance team environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with ease.
  • Strong proficiency utilizing MS Office, especially Excel, database management software; desktop publishing software; and internet research. 
  • Knowledge of Symplicity or Handshake Career Management Systems a strong plus.


Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to both and   cover letter is required.

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