Career Development Specialist - Career Exploration

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Career Development Specialist – Career Exploration

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Career Development Specialist – Career Exploration (CDSCE) supports learning by providing career and professional development opportunities to students and alumni so that they gain the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career. The primary responsibilities for this position are developing career exploration programs, and providing career, professional and job search guidance for students.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Partner with various faculty in developing and implementing Career Exploration programs that helps students gain a deeper understanding of various careers and options for double majoring or minoring so that they are more marketable. Work closely with students who have not decided on a major and connect faculty with these students.
  2. Coach and counsel students and alumni to provide career and professional guidance.
  3. Work with various academic areas to develop and administer internship programs to create robust student experiential learning opportunities.
  4. Liaison with faculty to provide graduate school information and coaching to adequately prepare students for various graduate school opportunities.
  5. Develop and oversee the student support staff so they serve the needs of the university community, carry out the daily administrative functions of the department, and represent the department in a professional and positive manner. Develop and implement a student paraprofessional team who serves as career mentors for students.
  6. Assist in developing and implementing a student employment program that provides experiential learning opportunities and helps students develop their professional skills.
  7. Act as a representative for the department by building partnerships with University and external agencies that benefits students’ career development and job acquisition.
  8. Facilitate assessment initiatives to understand the impact of program and services. Identify gaps in efficiencies and effectiveness and develop and implement strategies to improve the departments’ influence.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree strongly preferred in higher education, counseling, student services or related field.


  • Three to five years’ professional experience in a college or university career services office or other relevant experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate experience in counseling and career advisement, program management, and oversight of student staff.
  • Experiences in corporate recruiting, talent management, or career placement activities are desirable.


  • Must enjoy working with undergraduate college student.
  • Results driven with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills in a customer service oriented setting and discretion when accessing and handling confidential information.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the willingness to learn new technologies, including career management and applicant tracking systems. Ability to perform data analysis with Excel highly desired. Strong planning and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously work with multiple faculty, industry clients and individual student cases and accurately track student data.
  • Self-directed and motivated.
  • Ability to take initiative on projects; to work independently and as part of teams and with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Adaptability, must be able to demonstrate comfort with adjusting effectively to change, including new people, ideas, assignments and procedures.
  • Strong networking abilities. Cultivates personal and professional networks to form partnerships and/or alliances.
  • Ability to build targeted campaigns to engage students and employers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including exceptional attention to detail and editing ability, is highly desired.

Physical Requirements:

  • Considerable time spent at a desk using a computer station.
  • Will be required to travel to other buildings at all Aurora University campuses as well as external employers, vendors, etc.
  • Will be required to interact with university and external constituents face-to-face, via phone, and electronic media.
  • May be required to perform light duty lifting 5-25 lbs.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax
[email protected] - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





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Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 11/29/2018
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