Career Advisor

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Career Advisor
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 5874
Location: Career and Employment Services
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: Regular, full-time, (1.0 FTE)

Position Summary: Designs and implements, with a focus on inclusion and equity, career programs and services that ensure students of all backgrounds and identities successfully compete for opportunities leading to creative, productive, and satisfying professional lives.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Career Advising/ Workshop and Resource Development
    Advises students on topics related to self-assessment, career exploration and decision making, and job search strategies and skills. Applies knowledge of how unjust systemic issues impact job seekers when advising students who may have visible or invisible marginalized identities. Presents workshops on career topics and teaches CRDV 301: Career Readiness. Utilizes current knowledge of practices in career development and strategic program design. Develops and implements programs that proactively support diversity, equity and inclusion and ensure all student have access to the professional development process during their time at Puget Sound Collaboratively develops cohesive promotion plan for programs and workshops, including social media presence. Plans and participates in large and small scale events, some in the evening. Continually assesses programs, services, and resources to ensure they align with office and institutional goals. Makes recommendations for innovative, effective, and efficient approaches and emerging technology to deliver career services; revises or develops new resources as needed based on assessment of emerging needs; ensures programs, services and resources engage and support international, underrepresented students and students with disabilities.
  • Collaborates with director of career services to support work of Alumni Council Career and Employment Services Committee, including alumni-student mentorship program; may lead team to plan, implement, and evaluate annual alumni networking event.

Program Oversight
    Develops relationships with faculty; collaborates with faculty to design meaningful resources for student career development and experiential learning. Serves as CES knowledge expert on Showcase ePortfolio; collaborates with ePortfolio manager as needed to develop programs and resources to support student creation and use of ePortfolio.

Other Functions
    Serves on or leads committees and project teams as requested. May supervise student staff members. Actively participates in department and university-wide work towards institutional equity and inclusion, demonstrating a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others. Performs other duties or projects as needed or assigned.

Essential Competencies
    Coaching, Teaching, and Presenting: Ability to help develop others' knowledge, skills, and abilities; to role model effective workplace behavior and communication. Oral and Written Communication: Excellent writing and public speaking ability; ability to listen and understand with sensitivity, and to respond appropriately. Interpersonal Skills: Ability to foster confidence and trust with audiences from a wide-range of identities, to foster a collaborative and respectful environment; possess a strong customer service orientation. Adaptability and Creative Problem Solving: Ability to find ways to manage variable work volume and develop efficiencies for service and program delivery. Organization: Ability to set and achieve goals; ability to learn quickly and continuously; to prioritize and manage workload in a fast-paced office environment with frequent interruptions. Time Management: Ability to set effective work goals, establish priorities, and plan well in order to produce quality work according to deadlines. Analytical and Technical Skills: Maintain program records within relational data systems; ability to access available data and develop reports to evaluate program, service, and resource output. Strategic Thinking and Program Management: Ability to see the big picture and align program design, service delivery, and resources to support office and institutional goals; to identify implications and connections, consolidate information from various sources to reach sound decisions.

    Bachelor's degree required. At least one year of increasingly responsible experience guiding young people in career development and decision-making preferred. Master's degree in a student development field and/or additional experience related to career development and advising is appreciated. Experience delivering public presentations and facilitating group work. Exhibits awareness of systemic inequalities that impact hiring and demonstrates ability to help students identify inclusive employers. Demonstrates cultural competence and proven effectiveness in serving the needs of a diverse student population. Able to communicate the value of a small, private liberal arts college education to a wide range of constituents. Demonstrated experience innovating in a rapidly evolving environment. Demonstrated experience collaborating with wide variety of constituents to achieve successful program improvement aligned with institutional goals. Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

**As part of the hiring process, applicants that are selected to move forward to the interview process will be asked to submit a diversity statement that addresses their competency and ability to contribute meaningfully to issues of diversity, equity and individual differences. A prompt will be provided during the first interview**

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background check and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. All new hires will be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approved exemption.

Diversity Statement:
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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