Assistant Director Career Development

Atlanta, Georgia
Jul 15, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Level Experienced

Job Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA

Position Type Full-Time Staff

Education Level Graduate Degree Preferred

Travel Percentage Negligible

Job Category Education


Oglethorpe University is seeking an Assistant Director to support the Director of Career Development in leading, developing, and delivering career development services.  This position is part of the office of Career Development, which exists in the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning, or A_LAB. The A_LAB is a combination of programs which focuses on the experiential learning of OU students.


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is a small, highly selective, independent, private university located on a beautiful, 100‐acre campus in Atlanta. Our liberal arts mission serves a diverse student body of 1,250 undergraduates, representing 33 states and 38 countries. Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, comprised of the nation’s most selective liberal arts institutions, and has been named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges, and Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges.


The Assistant Director will focus approximately 50% of their time on career counseling/coaching/advising and 50% on programming and student and employer outreach. The position will interact with internal and external individuals and maintain positive relationships.


Career Counseling/Advising/Coaching

  • Advise/Coach students individually and in groups on internship and job search and application process; internship program guidelines; resume/cover letter/personal statement reviews; mock interviews; and career assessments.
  • Facilitate professional development workshops, panels, and events.
  • Serve as point of contact for on campus student employment.
  • Work with students through their career curiosities and exploration and support the pursuit of experiential learning opportunities through the A_LAB.


Programming and Outreach

  • Support off-campus employment and internship opportunities and ensure positive working relationships with employers.
  • Lead career fair and recruiting events and oversee employer recruitment services.
  • Initiate outreach to new employers and encourage participation in OU Career events and digital job postings.
  • Develop strategic employer and student outreach/marketing plans and materials.
  • Provide guidance to employers seeking interns on developing position descriptions with appropriate learning objectives and in compliance with federal regulations governing unpaid internships.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Oglethorpe majors and academic opportunities to inform strategic employer connections and events.
  • Collaborate with on-campus stakeholders including faculty, Alumni Relations, etc. to develop meaningful programming for student career development and exploration.


Additional Duties

  • Teach 8-week for-credit career courses including Senior Transitions and Career Development and Exploration.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student, employer, and job records.
  • Assist with the collection of other student and alumni career related data through the First Destination Survey.
  • Assist in recruiting, hiring, training and supervision of Student Staff and Volunteers.
  • Office administration and other tasks or duties as assigned.
  • Due to the nature of services and programming provided, some evenings and weekends are required.



Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in counseling, student affairs, higher education, human resources, a related discipline required;
  • Prior work experience or internship in Career Development;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Collaborative and team-oriented work style;
  • Ability to take initiative in a dynamic environment;
  • Ability to work with diverse populations;
  • Experience developing positive relationships and partnerships;
  • Demonstrated proficiency designing and delivering presentations;
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in counseling, student affairs, higher education, human resources, a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using career assessment instruments.
  • Coursework in career counseling, and career development theory and practice.
  • Experience in higher education, providing career counseling, coaching or advising to college students.
  • Working knowledge of career services management software (e.g., Handshake, Symplicity, etc).
  • Professional experience in Human Resources or related field in corporate or non-profit setting a plus.


Work Environment:

Normal use of office equipment, sitting at a desk, walking or standing, occasional lifting (<25 lbs).


When you apply, please submit resume, contact information for three references and a cover letter describing your approach to career counseling and overall fit for the position.

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