Career Specialist for Public Service and Social
The Aspire Center is the hub of activity for The Aspire Program
with a scope of work that extends well beyond the work of a
traditional career center - this 4-year career development program
also helps students to develop skills in entrepreneurship,
leadership, and creativity. Carthage's location in the Milwaukee to
Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of
experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its
unique J-term and off-campus study programs have historically
provided global options to expand students' perspectives on the
You will be joining a team that values diverse perspectives and
backgrounds. Our team is committed to creating a diverse
environment where everyone is welcome. This is a place where
employees are comfortable bringing their authentic whole selves to
work. We believe diversity drives innovation. Carthage College is
committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students and
is advancing new efforts through a variety of campus initiatives,
which include the College's Anti-Racism Plan, commitment to Moon
Shot for Equity, and development of our new Holistic Advising
The center consists of a small and growing team doing work that
will make a real impact in both on- and off-campus communities. In
an average day, we're as likely to be strategizing about regional
workforce development needs as planning a program with on-campus
colleagues for first years to explore their sense of purpose. We're
like a start-up housed in an established organization, and we are
looking for people who are energized by the trials and triumphs of
building a new program. The ideal candidate is someone who is
flexible, creative, curious, and collaborative. Career specialists
bring work experience related to their target field and/or working
with high school or college students.
This Career Specialist will assist a caseload of ~500 students
with fulfilling the expectations associated with The Aspire Program
learning goals and 4-year plan. Students will predominantly have
majors in the following areas of study: criminal justice,
education, environmental science, geospatial science, international
political economy, political science, psychological sciences,
social work, and sociology. This Career Specialist will also
contribute to The Aspire Center's emerging entrepreneurship program
and assist with developing related partnerships.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT/EXTERNAL RELATIONS:
- Build a schedule of formal and informal learning opportunities
in collaboration with campus partners, alumni, and employers to:
- Help students explore their interests and options; sense of
purpose and balancing personal and professional life roles.
- Guide students with clarifying issues they may want to
influence in the world, which may lead them to advocate for policy
changes, launch a new business/non-profit, or contribute to other
innovations within an organization.
- Teach students about expectations in their fields of
- Provide necessary connections to help students secure
meaningful mentoring and experiential education options.
- Cultivate candidate pools to connect students with specific
project-based learning experiences, internships, and jobs.
- Secure post-graduate outcomes related to their goals and to
transition into new roles successfully.
Examples include hosting career-related workshops, guest
speakers, networking events, interviewing days, site visits, and
career fairs, as well as peer and alumni mentoring experiences. You
will have unique opportunities to help students understand their
multiple life roles.
- Design programs that expand students' perspectives on personal
and group identities and the role of internal and external factors
in making decisions, understanding personal motivation, building an
entrepreneurial/growth mindset, developing curiosity/creativity,
and setting achievable goals.
- Contribute to campus-wide efforts to strengthen students'
cultural competence, using the Intercultural Development Inventory
(IDI) and other tools; integrate relevant coaching into students'
ADVISING & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT:
- Advise students (individually and in small groups) on the full
range of career development and search tasks from career
exploration to obtaining experiential learning and securing
post-graduate opportunities consistent with their goals.
- Help students recognize opportunities for developing career
readiness skills, including problem/opportunity identification,
leadership development, and communication skills.
- Develop resource materials to inform students and other
community members about best practices related to Aspire's learning
COMMUNICATION & ASSESSMENT:
- Participate in data collection and assessment efforts in
alignment with office-wide goals and measures.
- Promote The Aspire Program and Carthage College to prospective
and current students, as well as other key audiences.
Carthage employees and visitors are expected to follow
#StaySafeCarthage guidelines. You can learn more about these
expectations on the College's COVID-19 website: https://www.carthage.edu/carthage-covid-19/.
- Commitment to improving equity and inclusion.
- Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind,
even when working independently.
- Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without
always having all of the information.
- Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize.
- Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with
ease and cheerfulness.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- All areas of study are invited to apply.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse
community of students/alumni, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to understanding cultural competence,
unconscious bias, and historic inequities that influence students'
ability to succeed in and after college; comfortable engaging
others in difficult conversations to build understanding and
- Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling; experience
with high school or college-aged students is preferred.
- Able to use technology required for the role, such as Microsoft
Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Workspace/GSuite, LinkedIn and
similar productivity and social media tools. It is helpful, but not
required to have experience with databases/information management
tools, such as Salesforce, Handshake, Less Annoying CRM, or
- Possess effective written and verbal communication skills
across mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, and
- Being qualified to interpret career, personality, or cultural
competence assessments is a plus; however, on-the-job training can
also be provided (examples of assessments that may be used in the
role include: PathwayU, Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs
Personality Indicator, and Intercultural Development
- Experience prioritizing immediate and longer term work, as well
as managing competing priorities.
- Available to work some evenings and weekends.
- Candidates should have a willingness to travel occasionally to
complete College business as permitted by public health conditions
' primarily in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area,
occurring primarily within normal business hours.
Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV online. Both
documents are required for full consideration.
Materials can be addressed to:
Ms. Lisa Hinkley
Associate Vice President for Career & Professional
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
NOTE: In addition to the currently posted role,
The Aspire Center anticipates new position openings in the coming
months. If you are interested in joining the team and would like to
express your interest in roles beyond the currently posted
position, please complete our expression of interest form. The link
here and will remain open indefinitely. Expected
responsibilities for the other new positions will likely involve a
combination of leadership, entrepreneurship, career
decision-making, data/assessment, or splitting existing career
fields amongst Career Specialists. The pre-application interest
form will let you identify interests and provide information about
yourself to help the team understand your strengths.
All candidate applications for the Public Service and Social
Impact Career Specialist must be submitted through the official
application portal for Carthage College. Review of applications
will continue until a successful candidate is found. Applications
from traditionally under-represented groups are actively
encouraged. Any correspondence related to this search should be
directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of
reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation,
so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a
four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran
tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and
intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin,
midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the
opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful
campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home
to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time
students. Our rich academic experience equips students with
foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be
lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE)
dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community.
We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including
members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration
for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation,
national origin, protected veteran status or status as an
individual with a disability.