Career and Transfer Specialist (Graduate Assistant)

Oakton Community College
Des Plaines / Skokie, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Casual
Department:: Student Affairs
Locations:: Des Plaines / Skokie, IL
Posted:: Apr 15, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part Time Staff
Position ID:: 145414

About Oakton Community College :

For over 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

Job Description:

Basic Functions and Responsibilities:

The Graduate Assistant will provide support for a variety of programs and services including but not limited to, serving as a student mentor and advisor, developing and facilitating workshops, assisting with employer relations, participating in the planning and marketing of job and transfer fairs, and attending departmental retreats and meetings.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the planning, marketing, and implementation of all Career and Transfer Center programming.
  • Provide individual resume critiques and job search assistance.
  • Coordinate and conduct practice interviews and provide feedback.
  • Design and present workshops to campus partners, students, and community members on various career related topics.
  • Assist in the facilitation of individual career and transfer coaching appointments.
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate focus groups.
  • Collect and organize data and insights from focus group participants.
  • Create and summarize focus group findings and share with relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist with presentations to classes, clubs, and organizations.
  • Assist with employer outreach and engagement.
  • Maintain knowledge of career and transfer related software, appointment scheduling system.
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality as it relates to information gained via appointments
  • Engagement with students and community members.
  • Participate in meetings, training sessions, and one-on-one supervision meetings.
  • Special projects and tasks as assigned.

Supervision Received:
Supervision is received from the Coordinator of the Career and Transfer Center.

Supervision Exercised:
The Career and Transfer Specialist (Graduate Assistant) will not have any supervisory oversight.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

1. Minimum requirement of a Bachelor degree.
2. Currently enrolled in a graduate program in a Counseling, Human Resource Development, Student Affairs or related program.
3. Interest in Career and Transfer Center operations and services available to internal and external stakeholders.
4. Proficient in and comfortable with utilizing technology resources, including but not limited to: Zoom, Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and various social media platforms
5. Ability to work with diverse populations, faculty, staff, and students.
6. Evidence of effective written and interpersonal communication skills .
7. Ability to promote unconditional positive regard and model enthusiasm, courtesy, and professionalism when dealing with staff, students, faculty, and community members.
8. Exceptional organizational and time management skills. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, prioritize, and effectively execute multiple initiatives, programs, and events and meet established deadlines.
9. Ability to analyze situations, identify solutions, present recommendations, and anticipate issues and consequences of decisions and actions.
10. Must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Physical Demands:
Work is performed in a general office environment and sedentary in nature. Little or no exposure to adverse working conditions.

Additional Information:

Hourly rate $20

Hours: are flexible and looking to fill more then one position.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.


With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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