Assistant Director of Career Services

Job description

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Statement                                    

In addition to its commitment to a harassment-free educational and working environment, the College is an equal employment opportunity employer. The College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and complies with all applicable state and federal laws on the matter. The College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including gender, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition or medical leave, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. The College also prohibits the harassment of any employee on any of these bases.



Claremont, CA


Job Posting Title:

Assistant Director of Career Services


Job Details and Requirement:


This position is responsible for coaching students and managing relationships with employers, alumni and parents within assigned interest cluster(s). Core elements of the role include: customized, individual student career coaching; developing and maintaining relationships with external and on-campus constituencies, particularly employers, alumni and parents willing to work with our talented students; and collaborating closely with the Silicon Valley Program.

Career Services is housed in the Soll Center for Student Opportunity, which is located in a renovated, open-concept space in the center of the campus. Charged with seeing the campus through the eyes of the student, the Soll Center for Student Opportunity assists students in exploring, cultivating and translating their skills, interests and talents into real-world opportunities. Partnering with the multiple constituencies that advise, mentor and guide our students, including faculty, staff, alumni and parents, Career Services at the Soll Center for Student Opportunity aims to empower students to formulate individual goals and strategies for achieving them through the use of resources, thoughtful exploration and early engagement in personal and professional development.





Coach students one-on-one  and in small groups, supporting them in their exploration, personal and professional development, and helping them focus on pre- and post-graduation plans and activities that will enhance career-related knowledge, skills and abilities (35%).

Develop, enhance and manage recruiting relationships with potential full-time and internship employers (including alumni, parents, trustees, and professional recruiters), oversee daily recruiting activities of organizations within the assigned interest cluster(s), and manage follow-up with specific recruiters as part of the campus recruiting program (35%).

Conceptualize, implement, conduct, and evaluate programs, workshops, seminars and other presentations for students and alumni in key areas related to their personal and professional development (15%).

Collaborate with the Silicon Valley Program (SVP) team to identify semester-long internship opportunities and work with SVP students to assist them in their search for an internship. Work closely with the SVP team to plan visits and events during the annual ITAB Evans networking trek in the Bay Area (15%), in addition to planning and leading an annual trek to Los Angeles for students interested in Creative/Entertainment.

Other duties as assigned.

Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position


The successful candidate will also be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • Regular attendance.
  • Take and follow directions.
  • Work cooperatively with others.
  • Receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
  • Display a positive attitude.
  • Balance multiple tasks and priorities
  • Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.





Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 


A minimum of 3 years of proven work experience with increasing responsibility in career services, recruiting, and/or technology and/or creative/entertainment is required. 


A valid driver’s license is required to drive College-owned vehicles and the ability to be insured under the College’s authorized driver’s policy. 



Individual must possess knowledge, skills, and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodations, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

The position requires:

  • A working knowledge of the Technology and/or Creative/Entertainment industries.
  • Deploy professional skills in career coaching methods and employer relations that are effective at a highly selective, liberal arts institution.
  • Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading, phone, customer service skills. Follow all written and verbal instructions, asking questions as needed for clarification of projects/tasks/duties/assignments.
  • Customer service oriented; respect for the abilities and accomplishments of elite liberal arts students, while retaining the ability to pushback.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and constituents including students, alumni, faculty, administrators, parents and employers required.
  •    Operate computers proficiently with basic Microsoft Office software (such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Access and Powerpoint) and associated professional software (such as Handshake). Demonstrate understanding of the use of technology/devices/equipment in assessing and improving career services systems and processes to achieve annual goals and maintain confidentiality.
  • Prioritize and perform multiple projects/tasks, meet deadlines/timelines, respond to others in a timely manner, and work both independently and as a collaborative member of the College with a high standard of integrity and ethics, in support of the College’s strategic vision and the department’s annual goals.
  • Use exceptional organizational and time management skills to complete work with accuracy and a keen attention to detail.




The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Holiday, weekend and evening work hours will be required.  Travel will be required.  Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.  This is a 12 month position.



This is an exempt position. 

This a regular, full-time position.

This is a benefits eligible position.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Sedentary (up to 10 lbs.)


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  Supervises student employees.


GROOMING AND APPEARANCE:  The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.  A uniform will be provided for work-related events.


BACKGROUND CHECK:  The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check.  Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test.  Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.


ADA/OSHA:  This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position.   It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others.  It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.  When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.


AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT:  Employment with the College is “at-will” meaning that the terms of employment may be changed with or without notice, with or without cause, including, but not limited to termination, demotion, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, duties, and location of work.  There is no agreement express or implied between the College and you for continuing or long-term employment. While the College has every hope that employment relationships will be mutually beneficial and rewarding, employees and the College retain the right to terminate the employment relationship at will, at any time, with or without cause.  The President is the only person who can modify or alter the at-will employment relationship.

Claremont McKenna College hires and promotes individuals on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.  Inquiries may be directed to the Director for Human Resources, 528 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont, California 91711-4015, (909) 621-8490.  All applicants must complete and submit an online application to be considered for an open position.

Employment is contingent upon new employee providing documents verifying U.S. citizenship or, for aliens, documents verifying legal permission to work in the United States, applicant's acceptability for positions requiring use of a college vehicle is contingent upon a driving record acceptable to the College's automobile liability insurance. Promotion from within is encouraged whenever qualified employees of Claremont McKenna College are available. Interested employees of the College are urged to contact the Office of Human Resources if qualified for any open position. Please do not contact departments directly.


Disability Accommodations                                                                                    

In compliance with applicable laws ensuring equal opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, CMC will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (applicant or employee) with a disability if the disability affects the performance of essential job functions, unless the accommodation results in an undue hardship for the College. Employment decisions are based on the merit and not an individual’s disability.               

An applicant or employee who requires an accommodation should contact the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Office. If multiple accommodations are identified that do not pose an undue hardship for the College, the selection of an accommodation will be at CMC’s discretion. To request disability accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (909) 621-8490 or [email protected] for assistance




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Job No: REQ-1914
Posted: 7/31/2019
Application Due: 9/20/2019
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