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Associate Director, Career Strategist, Specialized Masters Programs

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

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Associate Director, Career Strategist, Specialized Masters Programs

USC Marshall School of Business

Graduate Career Services

USC Marshall Graduate Career Services is seeking a career advisor/career coach to join its team.

The Career Strategist, Specialized Masters will advise and work closely with students from a variety of graduate business programs and student organizations to deliver appropriate job candidate preparation activities, such as communication skills, networking, interviewing, resume writing and career planning.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Communicates and develops strong working relationships with graduate business students in both Master and MBA programs, ranging in age/experience from early 20’s to senior executives
  • Effectively interprets and discusses the results of personality assessment tools as it relates to career management and decision making; guides individuals toward appropriate employment opportunities and helps them prepare for the challenges and competition students face within a top-tier business school recruitment environment
  • Understands and analyzes company business models, hiring trends and future employment opportunities
  • Supports the management and expansion of corporate partnerships with domestic and international companies
  • Communicates with human resource professionals to understand human capital demands in order to translate industry trends into an effective outreach strategy
  • Supports the execution of outreach visits as well as networking and hiring events attended by students, alumni and employers
  • Educates and trains students on the aptitude and skill necessary to take advantage of opportunities within the corporate and non-profit sectors
  • Designs and delivers career-related education in classroom settings
  • Works collaboratively with Graduate Career Services staff, faculty, student services and admissions staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA or professional graduate degree, business or psychology
  • 5- 7 years in the direct advising and coaching of individuals with a track record of delivering successful results
  • Strong understanding of current recruiting and employment trends across a variety of functions, including marketing, finance, business analytics, supply chain, and consulting services; ability to advise Marshall Masters and MBA students on effective job search strategies and techniques across all areas
  • Understands the difference between advising and coaching and applies both as required by all students regardless of background and experiences
  • Knowledge and experience with behavioral interviewing and personalized search techniques for summer internships and full-time positions is a requirement
  • Knowledge and experience with technical interviewing is a plus, including case style interviewing and interviewing for highly technical roles
  • Demonstrates significant comfort level with technology, including CRM systems and career management platforms
  • Strong interest and ability to drive innovation
  • Willingness to stay current on global business trends

Required Documents and Additional Information

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC is requiring all students, faculty and staff to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination and flu vaccination. There is exemption process available for medical and religious reasons. Your safety is our top priority.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions*; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity

* University employer contributions may be subject to change due to financial impact of COVID-19

Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?

The USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the country’s top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and international business studies.

USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including bio-technology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace.

For more information on the USC Marshall School of Business, visit:

Minimum Education:Bachelor’s degreeMinimum Experience:4 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Bachelor’s degree in counseling, higher education, human resources, or related field. Four years’ counseling and human resources experience in a corporate or higher education environment, or similar industry. Leadership and guidance skills with a proven ability to manage, balance, and prioritize different tasks and projects. In-depth knowledge of federal immigration regulations, interpreting and providing guidance as to their relevance to international students. Advanced knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, and occupational, career, and employment information sources. Superior level of professionalism, exceptional attention to detail, and exemplary written and oral communication, presentation, and public-speaking skills. Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse individuals and groups, exercising diplomacy, good judgment, and discretion.
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