Career Community Advisor, Science, Technology, Public Health

Wellesley, Massachusetts
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

As part of the transformation of Career Education at Wellesley, career communities have been created for various career fields. The Career Community Advisors serve as advisors, facilitators, and conveners of students, employers, alumnae, and faculty within their assigned career fields. We are currently seeking to fill the role of Career Community Advisor for Science, Technology, and Public Health.

This role is responsible for creating physical and virtual communities that educate our students on trends and issues in their chosen areas, provide knowledge that can help them achieve a competitive edge, generate employment opportunities, and directly connect them to trusted alumnae and employers for information and mentorship. This position is responsible for student advising, employer and alumnae relations within the assigned career fields, programming, and recruiting. It is necessary for the Career Community Advisor to be relatable to students, a strong relationship builder with a variety of stakeholders (including alumnae, employers, and faculty), organized for event execution, and adaptable to changing trends – both in student interests and in the marketplace.


Primary Position Responsibility:

Student and Alumnae Advising (50%)

  • Serve as advisor and connector within assigned career fields, maintaining current information on recruiting practices, timelines, and industry trends for science, technology, and public health  
  • Provide one-on-one advising appointments and group advising sessions, including drop-in hours
  • Adjust and adapt advising to the unique backgrounds and identities of Wellesley students, particularly those who are underrepresented in science, technology, and public health
  • Educate and prepare students on the specifics of a successful internship/job search strategy and graduate school application processes
  • Serve as the liaison to faculty and staff of the newly renovated and transformed Science Center - a $200 million project to strengthen and further Wellesley’s reputation for excellence in STEM education
  • Assist students in leveraging Handshake, LinkedIn, the Wellesley Hive (Wellesley’s mentorship platform) and other technology in their career development
  • Present educational materials on a variety of career topics and collaborate with staff to create, customize, and execute networking events and panels
  • Collaborate closely with College Career Mentors to help develop and emphasize the importance of self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and reflection as part of adaptation and reinvention for the future of work


Employer and External Relations (25%)

  • Create a customized recruiting experience for targeted employers, alumnae, graduate schools, and other organizations based on their organization type, culture, and goals
  • Create opportunities for students to engage with employers and alumnae through the coordination of events and boutique recruiting and/or spotlight programs, such as career fairs
  • Collaborate with the Program Director for Employer Engagement to identify popular employers and gap areas within assigned career fields to provide increased opportunities to students and alumnae
  • Host and visit employers and alumnae to develop opportunities as needed
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of recruiting and career field trends by interacting with employers regularly and sharing with staff


Programming and Events (15%)

  • Create and oversee all logistical components for targeted events and programs relevant to assigned career fields (event strategy and execution)
  • Provide timely advice, networking events, and career prep materials in accordance with recruiting patterns, practices, and timelines for assigned career field(s)
  • Collaborate closely with Career Education colleagues, faculty, departments, and other campus partners to host programs regularly
  • Develop advising relationships with STEM-related student organizations and support their career-related programming
  • Collaborate with other staff to host programs and events regionally and nationally at various clubs or major cities during wintersession, spring break, and summer vacation


The Hive, Handshake, and Communications (5%)

  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing & Digital Media Manager to ensure strong and targeted content for career community newsletters, emails, and promotional campaigns
  • Curate and manage content as needed for targeted career field communications and promote, engage, and educate students/alumnae on relevant career field information and opportunities
  • Use The Wellesley Hive (Wellesley’s mentorship platform) to encourage and foster student and alumnae connections and Handshake for events, job listings, and appointment tracking


Cross-Functional Teams and College Initiatives (5%)

  • Serve on various cross-functional teams to advance the work of Career Education
  • Serve as a liaison to College departments as appropriate
  • Represent Wellesley in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes, revise programs to reflect trends, and increase the center’s visibility among professionals in the field
  • Participate in Wellesley committees providing representation of Career Education on community issues

Performance Profile:

Relationship Building ability to build relationships with stakeholders from a broad range of backgrounds including students, faculty, staff, employers, and alumnae Agility and Adaptability high level of agility and adaptability in creating or adjusting to trends, institutional priorities, and technical processes Political Savvy high level of emotional intelligence, skilled at determining intergroup / interpersonal relationship dynamics, and ability to navigate accordingly with internal and external stakeholders Communication high level of clear, concise, and accurate verbal and written communication


Education Required:

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in education, career services, recruiting, or respective industry areas (as it relates to the particular career community) AND Bachelors degree OR
  • Masters degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, HR, or other relevant advanced degree

Experience Required

  • Previous experience advising students
  • Broad knowledge of career development or career coaching theory, approaches, and strategies
  • Broad knowledge of recruiting practices, industry trends, and best practices in career services
  • Experience in working closely with employers, students, alumnae, faculty, and campus partners
  • Experience creating and implementing programs, events, and webinars


Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to connect with students, alumnae, faculty, and employers in a relational manner; able to build trust and facilitate learning and communication
  • Ability to assess and shift priorities and adapt to a rapidly changing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication (oral and written)
  • High level of strategic and critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented and able to execute programs and events
  • Strong judgement, ability to identify patterns, cultural nuances, and navigate a complex network of constituents


Additional information


Qualified candidates are able to work independently and in a team within a culturally diverse environment; are aware of new technologies and trends; and demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This is a full time, full year position. For best consideration, please apply by January 15, 2021.