Career Counselor

Bard College
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 06, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Bard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is a private institution working in the public interest.

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Bard College seeks a Career Counselor. This is a full-time, exempt, 12 month per year position. The Career Counselor provides career advising and job search support to undergraduate students at a liberal arts college. The Career Counselor must be able to work in a fast-paced office that is student-centered and job recruiting and career events driven. Bard College has transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. Our ideal candidate will excel at supporting a community that is broadly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion and will have demonstrated success with providing career development services to a diverse group of students.

Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY with 1900 undergraduate students; the campus also features multiple graduate programs. The 1000 acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, the Hessel Museum of Art, as well as the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college degree granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as five international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.

Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focussed on rethinking who can and should be included in this kind of education.

Essential Duties:
The Career advisor will play a large role in developing and overseeing on-campus partnerships with faculty and other key areas on campus to enhance and provide strategic programming. Additionally, the Career advisor will work closely with the entire CDO staff to help facilitate the many recruiting events, interviews, and panel discussions that focus on job and internship opportunities. 60% of the job involves individual career advising and all post-graduate career preparation, and 40% focuses on programming and career readiness development, including developing campus-wide partnerships across departments and student clubs, creating workshops and speaker series, as well as contributing to our current programs. Knowledge of and experience in administering personality assessments and interest inventories is a plus in working with students to explore career options.

This position requires a solid understanding of career advising and the functions of a college career office. The Career advisor delivers one-on-one advising to students and must be able to assist students in translating a liberal arts education into the world of work. Knowledge of careers in Communications and Media; International Affairs, Human Rights NGOs and Foreign Service; Environmental Studies, Urban Planning and Architecture related jobs are a plus in working with students interested in careers in these job markets. Meeting one on one with students, assisting with our annual recruiting consortiums, and giving workshops on relevant career topics are an integral part of the job.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Experience working with college-age students in an advising capacity
  • Develop connections with diverse groups of students across campus
  • Plan and deliver career panels, career information events and site visits including managing details of these events
  • Design and deliver curricular materials to orient and engage students, faculty and internship partners through digital and traditional means.
  • Develop seamless systems to engage and position students for success in their internships and experiential learning opportunities
  • Collaborate to develop/utilize assessment tools to analyze and monitor student career development progress; recommends various enhancements to improve students experiences; as well as analyzes job market trends to determine solutions in response to market conditions
  • Interface with campus organizations and staff to coordinate career programming
  • Research and connect to prospective employers of interest
  • Support End of Year reporting and collection of data
  • Create effective workshops on relevant career topics
  • Build relationships with campus partners and faculty
  • Meet one-on-one with students
  • Collaboratively hire, supervise and train our student peer career advisors
  • Perform occasional weekend and evening work
  • Other job duties, as assigned
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • B.A. required and a master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education, Social Work or related field is preferred
  • Must exhibit excellent communication skills to a diverse group of internal and external audiences. Demonstrated success working with and for diverse students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae
  • Strong time management, organization skills, program management skills required
  • Knowledge of assessment tools required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to represent the office and present at public events and deliver effective workshops; can successfully create career-related handouts, social media posts and CDO correspondence
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, and collaborate with others,
  • Able to deliver creative programming with minimal staff
  • Strong knowledge of CSMs required experience with Handshake preferred
Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
  • Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references through at:

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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