Assistant Director, Career Development

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Overview of Position

The Assistant Director provides career advising and job search support to undergraduate students at a small, liberal arts college. The Assistant Director must be able to work in a fast-paced office that is student centered and job recruiting and career events driven. Bard College has transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. Our ideal candidate will excel at supporting a community that is broadly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion and will have demonstrated success with providing career development to a diverse group of students.

This position requires a solid understanding of career counseling and the functions of a college career office. The Assistant Director delivers one-on-one advising to students and must be able to assist students in translating a liberal arts education into the world of work. Knowledge of careers in Communications and Media; International Affairs, Human Rights NGOs and Foreign Service; Environmental Studies, Urban Planning and Architecture related jobs are a plus in working with students interested in careers in these job markets. Meeting one on one with students, assisting with our annual recruiting consortiums, and giving workshops on relevant career topics are an integral part of the job.

The Assistant Director will play a large role in supporting seniors each Fall semester during the busy on campus and New York City recruiting season. Additionally, the Assistant Director will work closely with the entire CDO staff to help facilitate the many recruiting events, interviews, and panel discussions that focus on job and internship opportunities. 50% of the job involves individual career advising and 50% focuses on events, including developing site visits across all departments, creating workshops, contributing to our annual Bard Works programs, assisting students with all preparation for interviews, facilitating employer outreach and research of relevant employers and alumni/ae connections.

Knowledge of and experience in administering personality assessments and interest inventories is a plus in working with students to sort out career options.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop connections with diverse groups of students across campus
  • Plan and deliver career panels, career information events and site visits including managing details of these events
  • Contribute to the two annual Bard Works programs by reaching out to panelists, creating workshops, and collaborating with the planning team to organize all events
  • Assist with all recruiting events, including recruiting consortiums
  • Interface with campus organizations and staff to coordinate career programming
  • Researching and connecting to prospective employers of interest
  • Lead End of Year reporting and collection of data
  • Creating effective workshops on relevant career topics
  • Building relationships with alumni/ae, faculty, and employers
  • Meeting one-on-one with students
  • Hiring, supervising and training our student peer career advisers
  • Requires occasional weekend and evening work and some travel
  • Other job duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • B.A. required and a master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education, Social Work or related field is preferred
  • Must exhibit excellent communication skills to a diverse group of internal and external audiences. Demonstrated success working with and for diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni/ae
  • Strong time management, organization skills, program management skills required
  • Knowledge of assessment tools required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to represent the office and present at public events and deliver effective workshops; can successfully create career related handouts, social media posts and CDO correspondence
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, collaborate with others, and work under pressure
  • Able to deliver creative programming with minimal staff
  • Strong knowledge of CSMs required, experience with Handshake preferred
  • Manage annual uploading of students into all software systems and manage database for all recruiting consortiums
  • Experience working with college age students, 18-22, in an advising capacity is preferred

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three contact references through at:

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity.




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Posted: 10/29/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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