Career Engagement Specialist

Job description

TITLE: Career Engagement Specialist  

DEPARTMENT: Career and Professional Development   

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Career and Professional Development 


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time                                            

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt                                       


PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Career and Professional Development Center provides consultation for academic, personal, social, and vocational development to assist students in analyzing interests, aptitudes, personality traits, values, attitudes, and desired lifestyles for suitable employment and educational opportunities. The office provides support for faculty, staff, and administration on employment trends, standards, and requirements that adhere to local, state, and national guidelines.



  • Advise undecided and undeclared students both individually and in groups on career options 
  • Administer assessment instruments and computerized career guidance systems as needed
  • Collaborate with University College and First-Year Experience staff to assist new students in accessing advising related programs and services
  • Increase student usage of our career management portal, other software, and platforms.
  • Work with the Career Center and Internship Advisory Council to increase student participation in internships and other experiential activities
  • Provide guidance and assistance with internship and employment searches
  • Lead workshops and give presentations on career-related or personal/professional development topics to classes and student groups/organizations
  • Guide students in the development of resumes, cover letters, emails, and other business-related documents
  • Collect and analyze pertinent data related to career advising, teaching, and retention of students participating in targeted career planning programs and services for the department's annual report.
  • Participate in various team projects at the university career center
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly departmental reports
  • Other duties as assigned by the Associate Vice President of Career Services and the Associate Director of Career and Professional Development


    Education/Experience: Master’s degree in higher education administration or related field. 


  • Ability to effectively advise college students in areas of career planning and academic development
  • At least one year of experience in advising, counseling, or career services required; two to three years
  • of experience working with undecided college students
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Ability to use assessment instruments and computerized career guidance systems
  • Ability to effectively use and leverage social media platforms and mass email
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
  • Ability to resolve student and employer complaints and concerns
  • Must be adept at consistently multitasking while accurately attending to detail
  • Exceptional time management skills
  • Exhibit a motivated/enthusiastic work style
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to work nontraditional work hours, including evenings, holidays, or weekends
  • Travel may be necessary with occasional overnight stays for training, professional development,
  • conferences, etc.
  • Excellent oral, written, and communication skills; i.e., the ability to communicate effectively
  • verbally and through written correspondence as well as in communicating with individuals in one-on-one situations 
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of employer and student records and information
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range
  • of constancies in a diverse community



  • Certification in Strong Interest Inventory
  • Certification in Myers- Briggs Type Indicator
  • Certification in Clifton Strengths Finder
  • Certification as a GCDF or CDF by NCDA



    This position does not have supervisory responsibility 



  • Work is typically performed in a typical interior/office work environment
  • Minimal physical effort required
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk
  • Limited travel only; occasional errands around campus and town

  • KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform. 




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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/25/2021
    Application Due: 8/24/2021
    Work Type: Full Time