Assistant Director, Student Career Advising

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
Why policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking, fearlessly questioning the status quo. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact. With passion and precision, we figure out what's best for society and get it done. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

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Job Summary:

As a key member of the Harris School of Public Policy's Career Development Office reporting to the Director of Career Development and External Partnerships, the Assistant Director of Career Advising will provide assistance to ensure that Harris graduate students have the necessary strategies to explore career options and develop career decision-making skills to explore and identify opportunities that align with their own self-exploration and life-long career goals.

The Assistant Director will deliver exceptional career advising/coaching and instruction to support the Harris MPP students on their long-term career development as well as immediate job search objectives for full-time positions and summer internships within specific industries or sectors that may include any of the following: Consulting, Public Finance, Finance, Energy and Environmental Policy, Healthcare Policy, Housing Policy, Education Policy, International Development, International Relations, Social Enterprise, Technology and Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship.


  • In cooperation with the Associate Director of Career Advising, develop the strategic direction for graduate student career and professional development.
  • Provide one-on-one career exploration advising to Master in Public Policy students.
  • Provide group career coaching; evaluate career goals, interests and values, and identify services to enhance students' career objectives.
  • Administer educational resources, programs, and special events to support the various career sectors of the Harris School and initiate and create resources, programming, and presentations on student readiness.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of Career Advising, develop career-coaching initiatives including conceptualizing and planning seminars, and workshops on various topics (e.g. proactive job searches, interviewing techniques, career assessment, resume writing, and salary negotiations) for students.
  • Will work closely with a number of important internal and external groups including faculty, students, employers, and alumni to achieve the goals of Career Development.
  • Design, implement, and assess a professional development series that aligns with the Student-to-Candidate Life Cycle
  • Collaborate with Alumni Relations team to implement successful Virtual Alumni Mock Interviews on a quarterly basis
  • Recommend, develop, and advance new programming to continuously improve student placement and satisfaction, positioning the Career Development team to provide students with current, effective hiring strategies
  • Contribute to content and execution of a number of important projects including the career advising and employer relations programming, trek management, employer marketing and communications and a number of other student related programs.

  • Deep knowledge of the job search process and a clear understanding of the role of internships and full-time recruitment strategies of the nonprofit, government and private sectors related to public policy.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Superior workshop development, presentation, coaching, and networking skills.
  • Understanding of student development needs
  • The ability to build internal and external relationships with broad constituencies; a demonstrated commitment to customer service; and the ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Candidate must also demonstrate initiative as well as project or event management skills, possess an entrepreneurial orientation, and have a proven track record of results-oriented achievement.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and attention to detail skills.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to plan and implement events and programs according to established timelines and deadlines.
  • Ability to be flexible and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community and external clients.

Additional Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree and two to three years of prior work experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in career counseling or coaching in Higher Education.

  • High level of skill and experience in career assessments, coaching and advising, the job search process and career readiness skills
  • Demonstrated experience in career services in a team based and collaborative environment both in a Career Center and throughout higher education.
  • Experience developing presentations, programming, workshops on career-related and job-search topics.
  • Thorough knowledge of student development and career development theory including career assessment instruments and counseling/ coaching techniques

Required Documents
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and References

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Job No:
Posted: 2/21/2018
Application Due: 3/21/2018
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