Assistant Director, Graduate Advising-Career Connections & Community Engagement

Feb 02, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:
Reports to: Associate Director; Career Connections & Community Engagement
Supervises: Part-time graduate assistants from Lorry I. Lokey School of Business & Public Policy

Summary of Position
Under direction of the Associate Director of Career Connections & Community Engagement, the Assistant Director will develop strategy for, set priorities, and oversee development and delivery of career management services and programs for graduate students and recent alumnae/i. The Assistant Director guides students and recent alumnae/i in discovering their values, exploring possible careers, career goal setting and action planning, and building productive relationships with key contacts and alums. The Assistant Director will work to engage and coach students, leading workshops and seminars, organizing and conducting career events. The Assistant Director plays a key role in the Career Connections and Community Engagement and shares in the administration of its functions.

Strategic Career Programming
  • Organize, develop and deliver professional development workshops in career skills including resume-writing, LinkedIn profiles, job search strategies, networking, and interviewing.
  • Work with faculty members to integrate strategic career development into the curriculum.
  • Partner with student groups to bring speakers, alums and target employers to campus and provide them with a positive, professional experience.
  • Work directly with employers and manage logistics for recruiting and campus activities, including information sessions and industry panels as well as communication of job opportunities to students.
  • Collaborate with faculty to mobilize industry or functional expertise to assist students in their job search and expand employer relations.
  • Introduce career management process to incoming and current students to ensure an accurate understanding of career service offerings and establish appropriate student expectations and responsibilities.
  • Organize networking opportunities for students, professional student groups, alumnae/i, and employers.
  • Coordinate information sessions, career treks, and career conversations/panels.
Career Counseling
  • Provide one-on-one career counseling to students and alums.
  • Provide guidance on job search strategies and prepare students for internship, job, or informational interviews.
  • Review resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and other written job search materials.
  • Coach students applying and interviewing for major scholarship/fellowship opportunities, as requested.
  • Provide assessment interpretation and counseling for career tools including MBTI, Strong, and StrengthsFinders as needed.
  • Track, maintain and report employer and student career activities in Handshake.
Additional Responsibilities
  • Represent Mills College at external events, as appropriate, in order to build career relationships and raise the profile of Mills.
  • Analyze data and produce reports as needed to highlight outcomes and trends.
  • Hire and supervise career interns and graduate assistants.
  • Maintain professional memberships with appropriate professional associations and
  • Disseminate knowledge regarding career developments and labor market trends to colleagues and students.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Significant knowledge and experience in providing career coaching/counseling to diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of current labor market trends, job search strategies and career development resources/strategies particularly in business, finance, government, education and the non-profit sector
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as Google Docs.
  • Knowledge of career services software management platforms, primarily Handshake.
  • Demonstrated superior customer service orientation.
  • Strong communication skills and experience in giving presentations and facilitating groups.
  • Event management experience related to communications, logistics, and follow up.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships with students, employers, faculty and staff.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task.
    Education and Training:
  • Master's Degree required; a minimum of three years of experience in at least one of the following areas: career counseling, higher education/student affairs, career development/coaching or human resources/recruiting. Graduate studies in a related field (Career Counseling, Career Development or Higher Education Student Affairs) preferred.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
  • Work can entail considerable time sitting at a desk and using office equipment.
  • Work requires ability to travel to meet with potential employers and attend relevant events/ conferences.
  • Work requires ability to multitask and manage projects against fixed deadlines.
  • Work may be required in evenings and on weekends.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Additional Information:
This is an exempt, full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 22 days of vacation , 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: 403(b) retirement plan, pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:
First review date will be March 1, 2018.

To apply, please submit the following at
  • resume
  • cover letter and
  • contact information for three references
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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