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Career Advisor

Furman University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 11, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Career Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Career Advisor

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Job Title:
Career Advisor

Job Family:

Full time

Compensation Grade:

Pay Type:

Career Services-1

Job Summary:
The Malone Center for Career Engagement educates, prepares, and connects students to pursue meaningful lives and careers. Reporting to the Director of Career Education, Career Advisors play a vital role in ensuring MCCE fulfills this mission. Career Advisors are responsible for advising students and alumni, designing career education programs, coordinating networking events and fostering relationships with employers and graduate education programs tailored to meet the career development needs of students related to specific industries. Career Advisors are committed to becoming content experts related to assigned industry areas by researching, developing, and curating information to enhance students' learning about various career paths. Career Advisors also serve as liaisons between the Malone Center and assigned academic departments within the University to effectively collaborate in providing career education programs tailored for specific majors.

Job Description:

Career Advising

Provides individualized career advising to students and alumni on a diverse array of topics including career exploration, career readiness, professional correspondence, job search strategies, and graduate school preparation. Leads group advising sessions, workshops, and classroom presentations. Applies knowledge of student development and career theory; accommodates the diverse needs of Furman students.

Industry Expertise

Creates and fosters an ecosystem of career support for students through individual/group career coaching, programming and events, connections and resources tailored to the career development needs of assigned industry areas. Specific tasks include:

- Serving as a designated advisor for students who identify with assigned industries and majors.

- Staying informed about related career paths, industry trends, employers, graduate programs, and opportunities.

- Identifying, maintaining, and creating industry-specific resources.

- Generating contact lists of “industry-experts” comprised of alumni and professionals who are willing to connect with students for inquiries, informational interviews, job shadowing, etc.

Academic Liaison

Serves as a designated point person between the Malone Center and an allotted group of academic departments and majors (related to the social sciences and humanities); develops and fosters productive working relationships with related faculty and staff. Collaborates and partners with departmental contacts to develop discipline-specific resources and events. Facilitates workshops requested by departmental faculty and student groups. Informs faculty of specific career opportunities and employer visits to campus. Works in conjunction with the Assistant Directors for Employer Engagement to meet with departments to discuss faculty and student interaction with companies. Stays informed of and communicates departmental first destination outcomes.

Programming & Events

Creates and plans programs and events that provide educational and/or networking opportunities for students. Types of programs could include workshops, meet-ups, conferences, seminars, presentations, boutique fairs, panels, site visits, job shadowing and in-person or virtual networking events. Manages and coordinates the timeline, logistics, and details required of assigned programs and events. Collaborates effectively with Malone Center colleagues, Career Ambassadors, academic departments, faculty, student groups and other campus partners (Center for Engaged Learning, Mentoring and Advising Office, Student Life Department, Alumni and Parent Engagement Office, etc.) to plan and promote events. Works within a designated team to plan and coordinate Career Treks associated with assigned industry areas. Assists with general Malone Center programs and events as needed, often requiring evening and sometimes weekend participation.

Ecosystem Relations

Develops and maintains relationships with employers, professional associations, alumni, parents, and graduate programs for advising, networking, programming, and other career education purposes. In collaboration with the Assistant Directors for Employer Engagement, Furman's Mentoring Coordinator, and Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, connects students with employers, alumni, and parents via classroom presentations, networking events, and other career programs. Communicates regularly with the Assistant Directors for Employer Engagement to become aware of new employer connections that are relevant to assigned industry areas. Tracks and communicates with employer and graduate school contact referrals; assists relevant graduate school contacts with coordinating campus recruiting activities. Assists with relevant employer outreach meetings and site visits, graduate school meetings and represents MCCE at events featuring employers, alumni, and parents. Stays current with employers, job opportunities and recruiting events posted on Handshake, promotes accordingly. Serves as a liaison to an assigned affinity group of students representing a specific identity or population.

Technology & Communications

Becomes familiar and trained on all career tools and technologies offered by the Malone Center; proficiency with utilizing Handshake is essential. Regularly curates and manages information and resources for assigned industry areas on the Malone Center Website. Informs students and academic departments about recruiting opportunities, events, and activities through newsletters and targeted messages (via Handshake, MailPoet, listservs). Works with the Marketing, Events, and Operations Coordinator and Career Ambassadors to create various flyers and promotions.

Other Administrative Duties

Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information, including maintaining up-to-date information about the Center and the University.

Serves on other campus committees as assigned.

Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Career Education in support of the goals and objectives of the Division of Student Life. The intent of this job classification description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.


Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisors, students, faculty, and families to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.

Frequent contact with campus departments to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.

Responsibility for Final Decisions:

Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.

Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.

Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps.

Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures.

Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.

Reports To: Director of Career Education

Work is performed independently on routine work, non-routine issues or questions are referred to the supervisor. Classification shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.


Candidates are required to submit a cover letter and resume.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Human Resources or related field.

1-3 years relevant experience in career services, education, recruiting or respective industry areas (as related to specific career pathway(s).) Graduate assistantship/internship/practicum experience will be considered.

Preferred Knowledge, Abilities & Skills:

Demonstrated experience in coaching, counseling or advising college students, ideally in a college career center setting.

Knowledge and practice with Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, and Focus2 Assessments - experience with StrengthsFinder is a plus.

Knowledge of and curious about trends related to career development, career paths, local and national job market/economic development.

Knowledge of and practice with job search strategies and resume critique protocols.

Demonstrated track record of developing innovative approaches to engage students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers.

Proven proficiency in cultivating productive and effective relationships with stakeholders.

Advanced oral and written communication skills to communicate information clearly and effectively to internal and external audiences.

Adept at designing educational/professional development workshops - comfortable presenting to groups.

Experience with utilizing Career Management Platforms, specifically with Handshake.

Exceptional interpersonal skills - excels at collaborating within a team or with other departments to reach a common goal.

Detail-oriented organizer, enjoys and excels at creating, managing, and executing events and programs.

Coachable, adaptable, and open to trying new things.

Proactive problem solver, able to balance and prioritize multiple projects at once.

Proficient and comfortable with technology, social media, and digital communication.

Multicultural awareness and competence; appreciates working in a diverse environment and serving and supporting constituents representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Work Conditions

Work is performed under usual office conditions.

Education Requirements:

Certification Requirements:

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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. jeid-8ab2659ce62bc14cb21f37aadf616236
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