Assistant Director, Graduate Career Development

United States, North America
Jul 31, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
About The Unit: Graduate Student Affairs is part of the Office of the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education and supports graduate students at every stage of their academic careers. GSA functions as a one-stop shop for graduate students to access resources that support timely degree completion and to enhance professional preparation that helps them translate their degrees into a variety of careers. GSA works with academic departments and divisions as well as campus-wide offices to develop programs and events and training and support tailored to UChicago graduate students. GSA offers fellowship advising and editing to doctoral and master's students in all divisions and schools and sponsors funding opportunities.

Unit Job Summary: The Graduate Career Development advises and counsels students, postdocs, and recent graduate alumni concerning their professional development, educational and career trajectory, and other related matters. The Assistant Director will conduct individual advising sessions on a daily basis. In collaboration with the Graduate Student Affairs team, this individual will plan and implement professional development events, and workshops, as well as other opportunities to help students and postdocs manage their graduate educational trajectory. The Assistant Director will also have employer recruitment and relations responsibilities related to advocating for graduate student, postdoc, and recent graduate alumni. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 1. (50%) One-on-one advising with graduate students, postdocs, and recent graduate alumni on topics including career exploration, job market planning and preparation, and the graduate student/postdoc experience, with the goal of helping graduate students/postdocs/graduate alumni successfully navigate their academic, professional, and personal transitions. Follow up with students, postdocs and graduate alumni via email and phone to track progress. Measure placement outcomes. 2. (25%) Develop recruiting opportunities with external employers for internship and full-time job opportunities. Maintain a current understanding of industry trends and job market. Post employment opportunities on the University job board. 3. (25%) Develop and coordinate graduate-specific programs and workshops on professional development and career preparation topics, often in close collaboration with campus partners including the academic divisions, the Chicago Center for Teaching, campus career services, and Alumni Relations

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree is required. Advanced degree preferred.

Unit Experience: Post-degree professional experience is required. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly one-on-one, in groups of people, and in writing required. Demonstrated teamwork skills to lead and collaborate with a wide range of students, faculty and staff in a complex and decentralized research university environment.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Ability to maintain strict confidentiality is required. Ability to work under pressure during seasonal high volume is required. A strong focus on customer service is required. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.