Career Engagement Specialist- Fort Lewis College

Colorado, United States
$40,000.00 - $44,000.00
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Career Engagement Specialist prepares students for the transition from college to the world of work. Main focuses include 1) Connecting students and alumni with employers seeking qualified applicants; 2) Providing career coaching to individual students and student groups on careers, job search strategies, interviewing, graduate school, internships, and professionalism; 3) Facilitating and developing campus wide events and workshops under the direction of the Director, such as: practice interviews, industry career panels, graduate school events, and career fairs; 4) Developing and maintaining relationships with local, regional, and national employers and alumni.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and professional experience in career coaching, recruiting, advising, human resources, and/or job development.  
  • Demonstrated record of professional relationship building and outreach.   
  • A strong history of providing exceptional customer service and displaying a positive attitude with diverse stakeholders.   
  • Experience with in-person and/or virtual event planning/coordination.  
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal).  
  • Understanding of public relations & marketing.  
  • Ability to speak publicly with experience in presenting in front of groups including workshop, teaching, and presentation formats.  
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities and coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.  
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team environment with a positive professional attitude.  
  • Solid judgment exhibiting flexibility, empathy, confidentiality, enthusiasm, initiative, and attention to detail.  
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in MS Office Suite, Handshake, and social media platforms. Preference given to applicants familiar with Excel.  
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Demonstrated experience working in a higher education student services setting is strongly desirable.  
  • Proven track record of strong ability to develop partnerships within a higher education setting and throughout the community.  
  • Previous experience working with faculty, staff, and student groups.  
  • Experience working with a diverse audience and understanding of Diversity Equity and Inclusion.   
  • An established network of local, statewide and national contacts.  


Major Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate individual and group career coaching sessions in the areas of academic/career planning, job-search, and graduate school selection.   
  • Plan, design and present engaging career development presentations, workshops, materials and marketing to engage FLC departments and students on a regularly scheduled calendar.   
  • Create Canvas course and content for digital badge certificates and First Year Launch courses. Deliver courses.   
  • Organize career fairs, 1st Generation Conference and other campus-wide events.   
  • Collaborate with campus partners on all career services initiatives.   
  • Create a program and calendar utilizing Handshake and other tools to announce career opportunities through all available channels for all students.   
  • Incorporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all aspects of engagement with students, faculty and community.  
  • Develop and maintain databases with metrics and research outcomes for reporting purposes.  
  • Supervise, train and manage student employees.  
  • Develop knowledge of employment trends through industry resources and bring new ideas, creativity and innovation to career services.   
  • Cross-train as a valuable member of the career services team.  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  


Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary range is $40,000 to $44,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  


Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 



Application materials received by February 21, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

The position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  



ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.