Assistant Director, Career Coach for Major and Career
Career Development - 305000
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge
Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global
citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in
creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational
Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings
people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge,
to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and
embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the
University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about
20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more
than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
* Master’s in Student Development, Student Personnel, Higher
Education, Counseling or related field.
* 2 or more years of experience in a college career office,
counseling center, student services office, or equivalent
* Knowledge of career assessment tools.
* Commitment to student success with intention to issues of
diversity, inclusion, and opportunity.
* Strong technical proficiency and experience with career related
software, word processing, database and desktop publishing
* A demonstrated understanding of career development issues for
college students and alumni, and an ability to provide counseling
on these issues in individual and group settings.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills for one-on-one
and group interaction with various constituencies including
students, faculty, parents and administrators.
* Commitment to working in a team setting and leadership experience
working across departments and/or units to accomplish common
* Strong organization, research, planning and problem-solving
* Willingness and ability to work some irregular, flexible hours
including evening and weekend hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Career Coach for Major and Career Exploration
the primary professional staff member for admitted students, first
year and transfer students. The position works closely with First
Year Seminar, Admission, Orientation and Advising, Student Support
Services and ACCESS programs, the Student Learning Center, and
Transfer Services to ensure that incoming and new students have the
career support necessary to make informed decisions about selecting
a major and exploring corresponding career paths. This role is the
primary staff member for administering and interpreting career
Specific duties are listed below:
* Provide career exploration, counseling, coaching, and outreach to
students and alumni in both individual and group settings including
teaching the Major and Career Exploration course and/or the College
to Career course.
* Facilitate students establishing goals and next steps in career
decision making such as exploring introductory courses, researching
internships and jobs and speaking with faculty or employees in
fields of interests.
* Assess students’ needs and utilize a variety of individual and
group techniques including values card sorts, guided imagery and
worksheets to help students identify interests, skills and
* Serve as the primary Career Development Center staff member to
administer and interpret assessments including FOCUS, the Strong
Interest Inventory, and MBTI to encourage student exploration of
interest and personality fit in the work environment.
* Develop a general knowledge and understanding of the programs of
study offered at Appalachian, and maintain familiarity with the
education, training and career opportunities and expectations of
those assigned degree programsProvide representation in various
university committees and university-wide events to enhance
awareness and visibility of the Career Development Center.
* Maintain relationship and consistent presence with First Year
Seminar Director, create ongoing programming and incorporate into
FYS classes: conduct group assessments with FYS classes ( MBTI,
* Create and incorporate class assignments and programming that
engage students in Career Development Center programming early in
their academic journey.
* Maintain consistent communication with Counseling and
Psychological Services, Student Support Services and Early
Intervention Team, University College, Transfer Services and
Departmental advisors to ensure seamless transition and referral
when deciding or changing majors.
* Coordinate and conduct presentations during First-Year Student,
early college, and transfer orientation as well as regular outreach
efforts including workshops and presentations to classes, student
clubs, and organizations.
* Consistent presence in advising, including Advisor Development
training and conducting assessments with general advisor
* Learn, use and promote Handshake, the online career management
system, among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
* Research, evaluate & maintain online resources for careers in
my major resource page to include internship and employer
information gathered from first destination survey.
* Serve as liaison to SSS / ACCESS programs and the Student
Learning Center students through programming and outreach efforts
and by offering career exploration programming to classes.
* Communicate career resources to target student populations via
Handshake and email newsletters.
* Maintain ongoing professional development via involvement with
relevant professional associations such as the Southeastern
Association of Colleges & Employers (SoACE) and the North
Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers ( NCACE ).
* Disseminate employment and internship opportunities to
appropriate faculty, organizations, and students.
* Maintain excellent records of student appointments and
programming in order to analyze data for continuous
* Work with the Employer Relations team to plan, coordinate and
implement employer development activities including employer
visitations, on-campus employer engagement opportunities, advisory
boards and on-campus recruiting, and the development of job and
* Supervise student interns and employees as needed.
Suggested Salary Range
Physical Demands of Position
General walking, carrying, lifting with or without reasonable
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach required documents:
List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application or
attach a List of References with Contact Information
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in
access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect
to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and
expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status,
genetic information or sexual orientation.
Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the
entire university community, including alumni and official
university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an
influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning
opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work
collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an
equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are
safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions,
and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity
opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness,
justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university