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Career Development Specialist

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
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Career Development Specialist
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .


Whitman is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive and relevant career advising to our students and alumni. The Career and Community Engagement Center (CCEC) 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. Utilizing 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 using their humanities and fine arts degrees and should have experience or training related to the fine arts, languages and other humanities disciplines.

  1. Conduct one-on-one student appointments, including career assessment discussions, practice interviews, resume and cover letter critiques and support for post-graduate pursuits
  2. Engage actively in CCEC initiatives to provide individual career coaching to every student at Whitman
  3. Collaborate to expand student and faculty understanding of potential career pathways & related topics such as humanities-related alumni trajectories, job search strategies, building professional networks, etc.
  4. Research and develop a set of resources focused on supporting career trajectories for humanities graduates who are historically underrepresented or marginalized in the discipline
  5. Collaborate in aspects of employer relations programs, including job fairs, relevant information sessions, and promoting student attendance at employer events; as well as providing industry trend information to students, faculty and CCEC staff
  6. Assist in collection, tabulation, and analysis of outcomes information for key stakeholders
  7. Represent and promote the Career & Community Engagement Center to a variety of constituents such as Whitman parents, alumni and prospective students, as needed
  8. Utilize effective and current technology and communication outlets in all facets of work
  9. Complete other duties assigned as needed to support the goals of the Center

  • Bachelor's degree plus 2-3 years of experience with student advising, employee coaching or early career mentoring
  • Skills and experiences that positively and actively advance the college's core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism
  • Familiarity with employment trends across a range of professions possible with an Arts and Humanities degree
  • Interpersonal skills that build rapport across diverse audiences
  • Comfort with technology platforms and drawing from them to inform decisions
  • Works effectively both independently and as a member of a team
  • Maintains confidentiality of records and information

  • Master's degree in a related field
  • Understanding of and appreciation for liberal arts education
  • Organized witha good attention to detail


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave. Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through July 15, 2022.


August 15, 2022

For full application instructions and position description, visit

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