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The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) is seeking three qualified team members at the Career Counselor or Assistant Director level (depending on experience) to support our mission of engaging and supporting students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. The Career Center’s three-fold strategy of exploration, connection and experiential learning requires all team members to be adept at direct student service, program development and execution and alumni connections for students. Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops. Industry and career community research, outreach and programming are also significant parts of the position. This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend work is required.
The Career Center is recruiting for three open positions, with common skills required. The three areas are industry-focused advising, experiential learning focused on underrepresented student populations, and pre-health advising. Applicants may use their cover letter to position themselves for any one or all three of the positions, but will be considered for all three. The Career Center seeks professionals with the desire to build skills in all areas of career development and with a willingness and flexibility to move between assignments for their own professional development. For more information, please visit our website.
Industry-Specific Career Counselor
In addition to the job components in the position description posted, the industry-specific career counselor or assistant director will have specific responsibility within a career community team and the following duties:
- Provide direct one-on-one career counseling and job search coaching to UVA students who seek general career advice or advice on careers in a designated industry area. Career communities include these industry areas: Business, Creative, Education, Government, Healthcare, Law, Public Service, Science, Sustainability, Technology.
- Build career community networks through alumni and employer connections, faculty outreach, and student organization partnerships.
- Design and implement programs for group advising, career education, and industry-specific skill-development.
Skills/Experience Career Counselor
In addition to the job components in the position description posted, the skills/experience career counselor or assistant director will have specific responsibility within the skills/experience team and the following duties:
- Funded by a grant from Truist, build and facilitate industry-specific academies for African American students at UVA, including the Ridley Scholars program.
- Network, build relationships, and collaborate with students, faculty, employers, alumni, and staff to implement a life-transforming experience for a cohort of students.
- Research and develop additional skill-building programs including project-based learning opportunities.
In addition to the job components in the position description posted, the pre-health advisor or assistant director will have specific responsibility for the pre-health advising team and the following duties:
- Provide direct service to undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in careers in clinical healthcare. Direct service delivery includes individual advising with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops.
- Research clinical health professions, provide outreach, design and implement programs and events which shepherds students through career exploration, preparation, and applications.
- Maintain up-to-date information on clinical health careers with special attention to underrepresented populations in each field, attend relevant conferences and open houses; visit targeted institutions/programs to provide up-to-date and tailored advice for applicants; and monitor appropriate list serves.
For each of these positions, the priority breakdown is as follows:
Career Counseling Services – 55%
- Provides direct student service through individual appointments and office hours.
- Utilizes a range of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Clifton Strengths, etc. to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
- Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers.
- Engages with employers and alumni to collect and disseminate industry and career community related information to students.
Career Services Programming - 35%
- Facilitates creative and engaging workshops and presentations on a variety of career topics, particularly those that help students build job-related skills and experiences.
- Works closely with student groups and organizations such as class councils, peer advisors, resident advisors, orientation leaders, CIOs, and affinity groups to develop and fulfill programing requests.
- Collaborates with Employer Relations Team to assure complimentary interface of programs and services for students interested in On-Grounds Interviewing, career fairs, employer visits, and position listings related to internships and full-time jobs.
Administration and Technology – 10%
- Supports Career Center efforts to develop relevant content and more extensively utilize technology in the delivery of student career-related and industry specific programs and services; implements marketing recommendations to reach students more effectively; in collaboration with other Career Center staff provides benchmarking and recommendations regarding priorities for technology service delivery.
- Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field; relevant experience may substitute for advanced degree
- Demonstrated fluency in working across difference
- Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams
- Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops
- Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
- Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field
- Prior experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least three years related professional experience
- Demonstrated program development and management experience
- Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and employers
- Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, FOCUS2, and Clifton Strengths
- Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-related environment
- Proficient computer and web-based skills
- Related university or professional experience
- Experience with Handshake, Symplicity, or other CSM applications
Applicants will be considered for either the Career Counselor or Assistant Director title, based on years of experience.
Career Counselor – With a Master's, no work experience required; without a Master's, two years of relevant experience is required.
Assistant Director – With a Master's, a minimum two years higher ed career counseling experience is required; without a Master's, four years related work experience is required.
Please note, these are two-year, term-limited positions.
Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘R0025531'. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number) into the resume upload field.
Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for 'R0025531'. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number) into the resume upload field.
Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. Preference will be given to applications received by July 5, 2021. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman, Academic Recruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.