Associate Director of Career Readiness

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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 Associate Director of Career Readiness will provide leadership to ensure that Harris graduate students have the necessary strategies to explore career options and develop career decision-making skills to identify opportunities that align with their life-long career goals.

The Associate Director of Career Readiness will provide team leadership to the Career Advising team, which includes oversight of departmental student advising strategies and resources for long-term career development, as well as immediate job search objectives for full-time positions and summer internships.

Job Responsibilities:

  • In cooperation with the Director of Career Development, develop the strategic direction for graduate student career and professional development.
  • Support training and development of professional career advising staff.
  • Provide overall coordinated vision and support across the career advising team so as to ensure the needs of Master in Public Policy students are met.
  • Provide one-on-one career exploration advising to Master in Public Policy students.
  • Offer group career coaching; evaluate career goals, interests and values, and identify services to enhance students' career objectives.
  • Actively seek and integrate Student Affairs, Alumni Relations and student feedback through participation in individual and departmental evaluation processes, based upon student development research, advising, and career development best practices.
  • Administer and develop 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 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.
  • Actively participate and collaborate with the Employer Relations team in leading the employer outreach efforts and program planning within the private, nonprofit and government employment sectors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make appropriate referrals for counseling, disabilities support services, financial aid, campus resources, and other appropriate services.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Requirements

Education & Experience:
  • A bachelor's and five to seven years of prior work experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in recruiting, job placement, career counseling or coaching and/or significant industry experience in one or more 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

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated experience with staff or student worker supervision and/or direct reports.
  • Experience building 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.

Required Documents:

Resume and Cover Letter

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 3/21/2018
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