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Senior Career Coach

Earlham College
Earlham College - Richmond, IN, 47374

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Level: Experienced

Job Location: Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Position Type: Full Time

Job Category: Administrative Faculty

The Senior Career Coach (SCC) works within the Center for Career Education (CCE) and assumes responsibility for a significant career-coaching case load. The SCC is also highly engaged in the development and delivery of the campus-wide approach to career education, assuming responsibility for a Career Community as well as taking the lead on developing curriculum for and instruction of credit-bearing Career Education courses.


Career Coaching (50%, approximately 20 hours per week)

Direct Career Coaching: Meet with and coach students in both one-on-one appointments and group settings and meetings, employing an appreciative advising model to provide developmentally appropriate advising, support, and mentorship of students as they explore academic, professional, and personal development. Support students in their processes of career discernment.

  • Utilize Handshake for student appointment scheduling and tracking.
  • Participate in campus programming, classroom visits and other initiatives related to the Epic Journey and other career-related projects.
Ongoing Development of Self-Guided and Classroom Career-Discernment Modules: Create materials for students to access and employ in their own processes of career discernment, to be used in conjunction with in-person coaching and support from peer career coaches and all career coaches on the CCE team. Produce plug-and-play modules for teaching faculty to use in classroom settings in which career discernment may be a part of the curriculum.

Career Education (15%, approximately 6 hours per week)

Career Community Administration: Convene an advisory team of faculty, alumni and/or employers for one Career Community (likely the Social Justice, Education, and Public Affairs Career Community). Develop and deliver timely and relevant career education/exploration resources and opportunities to students associated with the Career Community through various online platforms, email outreach, and in other venues.

  • Stay up to date on available internship, research, and study abroad experiences related to assigned Career Community, as well as potential careers in that Community.
  • Serve as the point person for campus event programming related to assigned Community, working in collaboration with the Center for Social Justice and other relevant campus units.
  • Work with, hire, and supervise a small team of Peer Career Coaches (2-3) with the same Career Community assignment.
  • Assist in training student Peer Career Coaches (all teams) on resources related to assigned Community.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with faculty and other campus personnel in support of the overall purpose and goals of the assigned Career Community.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining relationships with relevant employers and/or graduate/professional schools for the purpose of identifying internship and/or full-time employment opportunities for students within the assigned Career Community.
  • Keep abreast of industry news and relay relevant information to student advisees.

Curriculum Development and Instruction (30%, approximately 12 hours per week)

Curriculum Development: Assist other team members in updating existing and developing new Career Education curricula, especially credit-bearing courses, to ensure alignment with and achievement of departmental learning outcomes.

  • Work collaboratively with CCE colleagues to understand departmental needs regarding curriculum.
  • Draft necessary documents for Curricular Policy Committee (CPC) approval of updates to existing and new credit bearing courses.
Instruction: Assume primary responsibility for instruction of credit-bearing Career Education courses (under the EPIC course code).

  • Adhere to all academic policies as determined by the Registrar’s office and the CPC including but not limited to course registration, textbook submission, attendance reporting, grade reporting, and course evaluations.
  • Work collaboratively to assign Peer Career Coaches (from one or more teams) to serve as Teaching Assistants and/or Graders, as needed.
  • Note: Instructional duties may require some evening and/or weekend hours.
Assessment: Collaborate with other CCE personnel in designing, implementing, and administering ongoing assessment of student learning and outcomes for all Career Education programming, especially credit-bearing courses.

Reporting: Take the lead in reporting on outcomes and assessment of all career education curriculum.

Other Duties (5%, approximately 2 hours per week)

Professional development: Participate regularly in regional, national, or international professional development opportunities and networks.

Board/committee service: Serve on various boards and committees, as appropriate to the CCE and EPIC missions.

Ad hoc assignments: Complete other duties as requested by the Senior Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least introductory (1 year) experience in college-level career advising and/or a closely related field, such as: experiential education, internship programming, or human resources
  • Demonstrated skill in and passion for working with undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated interpersonal relationship-building skills and experience working with a wide range of constituents, including employers, faculty, students, and alumni
  • Experience communicating with and supporting people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlham’s Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement
  • Experience in curriculum development and instruction
  • Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
  • Clear understanding of and affinity with the purposes and values of a private residential liberal arts college and a demonstrated ability to work with teaching faculty
  • Experience and comfort with digital tools and technology, including social media
  • Commitment to high visibility on campus and in the community
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills, particularly in translating the value of the liberal arts into graduate outcomes
Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of current professional practices and challenges in career-education programming
  • Knowledge of or experience in liberal-arts settings in higher education
  • Experience in program creation, planning, implementation, and assessment
  • Familiarity with the Handshake platform (or another career education-related platform)
  • Familiarity with Moodle (or another Learning Management System)
  • Some graduate study or post-bac course work
To Apply:

Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal:

  • Cover letter.
  • Resume.
  • Statement on Diversity: The Statement on Diversity should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in your work.
  • Contact information for three references.

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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