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Career Coach

Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY

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Job Details

Date: June 15, 2022
Title: Career Coach

Description: Reporting to the Director of Career Development, the Career Coach supports FlightPath—Hartwick College’s future-focused approach to liberal arts education and embedded career-development—programs, services, and events that help students prepare for their careers. The Career Coach serves the diverse career needs of students and recent alumni. Key activities include providing one-on-one career advising with an assigned portfolio of students as part of a larger Guidance Team (which includes a Success Coach, Academic Advisor and Alumni Mentor as a minimum), program development, and campus engagement as needed. May also hire, train, and supervisor one student ambassador, who will assist with various administrative tasks and student/alumni outreach.


  • Provides a wide array of direct individual career advising to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni less than five years removed from the college. Includes both in-person and online appointments, feature discussions on digital resume and cover letter development, internship and real-world work placement, job search strategies, utilization of the TrueBlue Connect (PeopleGrove) and Handshake platforms, social media profile reviews, mock interviews, career assessments, networking strategies, graduate school application process, and other career-related topics.
  • Collaborate regularly with other staff members to ensure advising practices are streamlined and well informed.
  • Will participate in resume/cover letter drop-in hours and also provide assistance to masters’ level students.
  • Assigned to help vulnerable and underserved student populations in support of inclusion efforts. This relationship will include meetings with appropriate representatives, creation of special programs, and continual communications throughout the year.
  • Work with various constituencies on campus to raise student awareness of and utilization of Career Development Center offerings.
  • Present career-related content in classrooms, and work with campus partners to support FlightPath, which can include recruiting alumni for classroom presentations/industry panels as well.
  • Participate in counseling roundtables to maintain professional development in the counseling area. Will pursue other avenues of professional development related to trends in career advising.
  • Will support employer related activities and events of Alumni Relations and College Advancement. Responsible for recruiting students, developing training materials, attending on- and off-campus events, and assisting with post-event survey efforts. Will also assist with planning logistics and organizing event materials, as needed.
  • Participate in significant campus activities including: Welcome Weekend, Convocation, True Blue Weekend, Commencement Weekend, and Career Fair Expo.
  • The Career Development Coach must comply with all applicable College, federal, state, local and associational regulations.
  • As a representative of the College, the Career Development Coach must comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Minimum requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with one to three years of experience in higher education, business administration, or a related field. Must have a clean driving record, valid driver’s license and be insurable by the College.

  • Experience working with confidential information.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of interpersonal skills is absolutely necessary.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Windows based computer software and Adobe Acrobat Professional required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft software (Word, Excel, Office, Access and Power Point), and Google Suite.
  • Strong proofreading, writing and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of Handshake and PeopleGrove platforms are a plus.
  • This position could require overnight travel and occasional evening and weekend commitments.
  • All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of employment.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. The College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick operates as a community of learners where there is a very real sense of belonging and connection. By joining Hartwick, you become part of a group of people who work together, share in our successes, and a celebrate our accomplishments. All positions at Hartwick contribute to the education and development of students with the opportunity to see the impact on future leaders—what you do at Hartwick really matters.

Our beautiful 425-acre campus is located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, New York—a charming town near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, flexible scheduling, opportunities to engage in athletic and cultural events (concerts, exhibits, and lectures) and tuition benefits for eligible employees and their dependents.

Hartwick College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process.

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume;
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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