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Career Development Specialist

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Aug 12, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
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Full Time
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Career Development Specialist
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and especially encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.


Whitman is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive and relevant career advising to our students and alumni. In addition, Whitman prides itself on providing creative and timely programming to give students exposure to the enormous array of professional options available to its graduates.

This position will allow the College to expand support for all students in connecting their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular pursuits to opportunities for post-graduate employment and training. Focusing on a combination of coaching, mentoring and collaborative skillsets, the Specialist will engage in career advising and assessment, education and development programs, and relevant employer recruiting events. They will work collaboratively with Whitman faculty, staff and alumni to provide a career & professional development offering that supports students in planning and pursuing life after Whitman College.

This role will provide specialized support to students pursuing career paths in the sciences and should have experience or training related to one or more STEM fields.

  1. Conduct one-on-one student appointments, including career assessment reviews, practice interviews, resume and cover letter critiques and support for post-graduate pursuits.
  2. Engage actively in SEC initiatives to provide individual career coaching to every student at Whitman.
  3. Collaborate with Whitman faculty and SEC staff to present information on various career development topics including science-related alumni trajectories, job search strategies, building professional networks, etc.
  4. Research and develop a set of resources focused on supporting the career trajectories of graduates historically underrepresented and marginalized in STEM fields.
  5. Positively and actively contribute to the college's core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  6. Assist in aspects of employer relations programs, including job fairs, relevant employer information sessions, and promoting student attendance at employer events.
  7. Assist in collection, tabulation, and analysis of outcomes information for key stakeholders.
  8. Represent and promote the Student Engagement Center to a variety of constituents such as Whitman parents, alumni and prospective students, as needed.
  9. Utilize effective and current technology and communication outlets in all facets of work.
  10. Complete other duties as needed to support the goals of the Center.

  • Substantial experience with student advising, employee coaching or early career mentoring
  • Familiarity with employment trends across a range of professions in STEM industries
  • Understanding of and appreciation for liberal arts education preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to develop rapport across diverse audiences
  • Comfort with technology platforms and drawing from them to help inform decisions
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated excellence in organization and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information

  • Master's degree in a related field
  • 2-3 years of experience in an advising, coaching or mentoring capacity


Application review will begin on July 22, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


August 31, 2021

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