Assistant Director, Career & Life Design
Center for Student Success and Career Development
Regular or Temporary
Hours Per Week
Weeks Per Year
Full or Part Time
Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing
demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse,
representing 41 states and 70 countries, with 21 percent U.S.
students of color and 50 percent who identify as women. More than
90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly
selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution
located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100
full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the
college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a
vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location
in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be
among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong
connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions
and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a
preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity
College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead
The Career & Life Design Center seeks a high energy, passionate
professional, who takes initiative in problem solving and
delivering extraordinary service to students, alumni,
parents/families, and faculty/staff to fill the position of
Assistant Director of Career & Life Design. Reporting to the
Associate Director of Career & Life Design, the Assistant
Director of Career & Life Design will uphold the Center’s
vision of empowering students and graduates to be active agents in
designing their careers and to use their liberal arts education to
adapt to and transform the future of work. Developing community
resources and educating students on industry-specific skill
development, the Assistant Director will implement a comprehensive
pre-health advising program and lead the Science, Engineering and
Technology Career Community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Career & Life Design Coaching
Science, Engineering, Technology and Pre-Health Advising
- Conduct individual and group coaching sessions per week;
facilitate conversations with students and recent graduates on
topics related to campus involvement, major exploration, goal
setting, learning strategies, internships, jobs, graduate school,
interviewing and negotiating. Support students in developing
written career materials and professional profiles.
- Participate in regular professional development to integrate
career & life design best practices and activities into
coaching; participate in internal and external trainings centered
on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to enhance cultural competency
skills in coaching.
- Oversee weekly shift of Career & Life Design Studio
drop-ins and supervise assigned student interns on projects.
- Document advising sessions (e.g., appointments, email, Zoom,
and telephone consultations) in content management system to enable
Signature Programs & Center Initiatives
- Co-lead advising and programming for students interested in the
health sector including personal statements, letters of
recommendation, MCATs, etc.
- Science, Engineering and Technology programming and outreach by
partnering with student clubs, alumni, and employers to provide
exposure to careers in the sector.
- Host community events, panels, employer treks, develop and
manage virtual student resources, and facilitate connections with
- Assess effectiveness of community programs and resources and
evaluate changing needs of student population to encourage
successful experiential learning and post graduate outcomes.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of, and educate students,
faculty, and staff on industry trends, qualities employers seek in
candidates, employer culture, and the hiring process.
- Design and support career and life design programs for students
transitioning into college, engaging in active and experiential
learning, and preparing for life after graduation; Events may
include career panels, networking events, mentoring programs,
orientation sessions, student conferences, career boot camps, or
- Assess effectiveness of signature programs and evaluate
changing needs of student population to encourage student
exploration, growth, successful experiential learning and post
- Support team-wide initiatives to increase Center utilization by
BIPOC, international, and first-generation student
- Serve as the liaison to designated campus partners including
faculty, staff, and students to develop strategies for
communication and collaborative programming and to increase
utilization of the Center.
- Hold regular meetings and maintain communication with internal
- Adopt strategy to meet mutually established goals with partners
to co-host programs and co-lead initiatives.
- Attend recurring supervisory and department meetings and
communicate with colleagues and constituents.
- Represent Trinity College to prospective students, families,
organizations and educational institutions.
- Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends,
- Support and attend Career & Life Design Center events as
- Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of three years relevant
professional work experience in higher education, career
development, student success, counseling, or related industry.
- Experience working with diverse student and alumni populations
including first generation students, international students, and
- Demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced office
- Demonstrated experience with program management and event
- Strong empathy, communication, teamwork, and organizational
- Experience administering career assessments.
- Familiarity with career management platforms (Handshake).
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel,
Counseling or related field.
- Familiarity with Design Thinking and Life Design
- Experience with virtual career coaching delivery methods
All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume, cover
letter and 3 references.
Review of applications will begin three weeks after the role
Trinity College requires proof of COVID19 vaccination and
booster or an approved exemption prior to beginning employment
Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts
college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate
students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut.
Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent
liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares
students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative
lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students,
faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the
intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class
liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many
opportunities for cultural and social engagement.
The College is committed to building a representative and diverse
faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities
are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should
request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to
participate in the application process.
For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate
equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment
to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts
context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research.
Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute
to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through
their research, teaching, and service.