Assistant Director for Career Advising

Mar 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Puget Sound

Assistant Director for Career Advising

Job ID: 3348

Location: Career and Employment Services

Full/Part Time: Full-Time


Position Summary:

Designs and implements career programs and services that ensure students successfully compete for opportunities leading to creative, productive, and satisfying professional lives.


Career Advising Oversight

  • Oversees career advising, drop-in advising, and program request schedules to ensure equitable distribution of advising/programming load is balanced with student need.
  • Maintains current knowledge of career advising trends and topics and facilitates on-going professional development for career advising team.
  • Develops relationships and oversees faculty engagement initiative; may collaborate with faculty to design best resources for student career development and experiential learning.
  • Serves as a highly visible ambassador for CES, building confidence and trust in our team and services.
  • Oversees curriculum issues related to experiential courses in each academic department; coordinates Academic Internship Curriculum Review every 5 years.

Career Advising/Resource Review and Implementation

  • Manages and promotes career service programs, operations, and services that support students. Collaboratively develops cohesive promotion plan for programs and workshops, including social media presence. Plans and participates in events. Administers related budget.
  • Advises students on topics related to career exploration and decision making, and job search strategies and skills.
  • Interprets related assessment instruments (such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsQuest) for students in one-on-one and group environments.
  • Utilizes current knowledge of leading edge practices in career development and strategic program design with particular emphasis on models aligned with a liberal arts education. Demonstrates general understanding of federal, state regulations and university policies applicable to internships and employment.
  • Teaches career awareness course and oversees course taught by CES Career Advisor.
  • Continually assesses programs, services, and resources to ensure they align with office and institutional goals. Makes recommendations for innovative, effective, and efficient approaches and emerging technology to deliver career services; revises or develops new resources as needed based on assessment of emerging needs.


  • Provides leadership, training, and support to CES Career Advisor & Internship Coordinator as direct supervisor; coaches and supports professional development and engagement, offers guidance and feedback, and evaluates performance.

Other Functions

  • Engages in lateral planning and collaboration across departments in support of institutional initiatives.
  • Leads individual and group training/information sessions as needed.
  • Serves on or leads committees and project teams as requested.
  • Performs other duties or projects as needed or assigned.

Essential Competencies

  • Strategic Thinking and Program Management: Ability to see the big picture and align program design, service delivery, and resources to support office and institutional goals; to identify implications and connections, consolidate information from various sources to reach sound decisions.
  • Coaching, Teaching, and Presenting: Ability to help develop others' knowledge, skills, and abilities; to serve as a role model for professional behavior and communication.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to foster confidence and trust, to develop rapport easily with a wide range of constituents, to foster a collaborative and harmonious environment; possess a strong customer service orientation.
  • Adaptability and Creative Problem Solving: Ability to find ways to manage variable work volume and develop efficiencies for service and program delivery.
  • Oral and Written Communication: Excellent writing and public speaking ability; ability to listen and understand with sensitivity, and to respond appropriately.
  • Organization: Ability to set and achieve goals; ability to learn quickly and continuously; to prioritize and manage workload in a fast-paced office environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Time Management: Ability to set effective work goals, establish priorities, and plan well in order to produce quality work according to deadlines.
  • Analytical and Technical Skills: Maintain program records within relational data systems; ability to access available data and develop reports to evaluate program, service, and resource output.


  • Master's degree. Four years of increasingly responsible experience in higher education career development or academic advising required. Two additional years of experience will be considered in lieu of the Master's degree.
  • Higher education experience required, preferably in a 4-year liberal arts institution. Must be able to communicate the value of a small, private liberal arts college education to a wide range of constituents.
  • Demonstrated experience leveraging innovation in a rapidly evolving, service-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated experience achieving successful program improvement aligned with institutional goals.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with wide variety of constituents in innovative program advancement; ability to deliver public presentations and facilitate group work.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Diversity Statement:

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:

When prompted to upload required documents, please upload resume. All additional documents can be uploaded within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • List of three (3) professional references

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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