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Career Specialist for Public Service and Social Impact

Carthage College
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
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Aug 12, 2021

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Career Specialist for Public Service and Social Impact

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 world.

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 model.

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.

Responsibilities Include:


  • 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 interest.
    • 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' iAspire Plans.


  • 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 goals.


  • 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:


  • 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.


  • 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 address inequities.
  • 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 Smartsheet.
  • Possess effective written and verbal communication skills across mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, and audience.
  • 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 Inventory).
  • 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.

Application Process:

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 Development

Carthage College

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 is available 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

Institutional Information

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.

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