Assistant Director of Career Planning / Success & Career Advisor

Massachusetts, United States
Competitive Salary
May 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations.

A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning.

Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

This is The Dean Difference.

Consistently recognized as a Top Regional College and a Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report and named a College of Distinction for four consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 300 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 90 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on student engagement and exceptional teaching. The Dean Difference is exemplified through each student's commitment to their professional futures, social responsibility and leadership. Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Director of Career Planning & Internships and the Director of Advising, the qualified candidate will develop and implement a wide range of programs within Student Success and Career Planning. This position is responsible for supporting students in the Arch Learning Community (an academic support program for students with learning disabilities) with career preparation and employment readiness. In addition, the candidate will serve as a Success & Career Advisor for specific major(s) providing students with experiences that enhance academic, personal, and social development.

Career Planning & Internship Responsibilities:

  • Work one on one and in small groups to support students in the Arch Learning Community with developing essential skills, obtaining internships and experiences to enhance their marketability upon graduation;
  • Provide individual and group instruction on resume, cover letter and interviewing;
  • As a critical member of the Arch Learning Community creating a network with staff, students and families to build career mindset based on integrating knowledge, strengths and interests;
  • Teach one credit Career Development through a disability lens seminar to Junior and Senior students with learning disabilities;
  • Create and facilitate a classroom workshop environment to support students as they begin the transition from college to either the working world or graduate school;
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource for Handshake, ensuring student and campus understanding;
  • Develop relationships with disability friendly employers based on upcoming and ongoing needs of the student population;
  • Connect students to resources that address barriers to employment for people with disabilities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Success & Career Advising:

  • Advise and serve as the point person for a caseload of approximately 75 students providing high touch, individualized support;
  • Provide appropriate academic and transitional support to students applicable to all aspects of the student's life: academic, personal, social, and career;
  • In collaboration with Deans and Program Coordinators develop initiatives and programs to connect students with the college, each other, and their field of study promoting student persistence, retention and academic and career learning;
  • Track students' academic progress through the college's monitoring process and make appropriate interventions as necessary;
  • Act as first contact for advising caseload regarding career exploration, major selection as it relates to future careers, resume writing and interviewing that will include internships and job seeking tools;
  • Design, plan and execute individual and group advising sessions, classroom and campus presentations;
  • Guide students to make appropriate course selections, assist with registration process, adding and dropping of courses and graduation tracking;
  • Assist in the implementation of programs and services designed to promote academic, personal and social/emotional success, engagement and retention of students;
  • Teach Campus Connections and Career Connections (1 credit courses) to support first year advisees in the process of navigating the college experience and developing a career mindset;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Managerial and Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Opportunity to supervise interns.


  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in counseling and guidance, college student personnel, educational administration, student affairs, or related field;
  • Experience working with students with learning disabilities;
  • At least two years of experience in career services, academic advising, retention, or counseling services (with at least one year in a higher education environment) with a diverse population;
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders (students, colleagues, administrators), both verbally and in writing;
  • Must possess diplomacy, confidentiality, and strong relationship-building skills;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, especially with students;
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite;
  • Knowledge of ADA in the workforce;
  • Knowledge of career focused tools including LinkedIn, cover letters and resumes.

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis. Dean College prohibits discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, work-related injury or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

The Assistant Dean of Students, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, telephone 508-541-1841, coordinates the college's compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Act.

The Director of Human Resources on the first floor of Dean Hall, telephone, 508-541-1681 coordinates the college's compliance with titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act and amendments, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The Dean College Athletics Department is a Division III member of the NCAA and competes as a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), and complies with all NCAA Division III Rules and Regulations.

Application Instructions:

Please submit your Resume/CV, Cover Letter, all unofficial transcripts; and contact information of three references. (PLEASE NOTE: Applications that are incomplete will not be considered).

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