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Assistant Director, Career Coach for Major and Career Exploration

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 9, 2022
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Position Title Assistant Director, Career Coach for Major and Career Exploration Position Number 065211 Department Career Development - 305000 Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. Minimum Qualifications
Master’s in Student Development, Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.
  • 2 or more years of experience in a college career office, counseling center, student services office, or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of career assessment tools.
  • Commitment to student success with intention to issues of diversity, inclusion, and opportunity.
  • Strong technical proficiency and experience with career related software, word processing, database and desktop publishing applications
  • A demonstrated understanding of career development issues for college students and alumni, and an ability to provide counseling on these issues in individual and group settings.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for one-on-one and group interaction with various constituencies including students, faculty, parents and administrators.
  • Commitment to working in a team setting and leadership experience working across departments and/or units to accomplish common goals.
  • Strong organization, research, planning and problem-solving skills.

Willingness and ability to work some irregular, flexible hours including evening and weekend hours.

License/Certification Required Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Career Coach for Major and Career Exploration serves as the primary professional staff member for admitted students, first year and transfer students. The position works closely with First Year Seminar, Admission, Orientation and Advising, Student Support Services and ACCESS programs, the Student Learning Center, and Transfer Services to ensure that incoming and new students have the career support necessary to make informed decisions about selecting a major and exploring corresponding career paths. This role is the primary staff member for administering and interpreting career assessments.

Specific duties are listed below:
  • Provide career exploration, counseling, coaching, and outreach to students and alumni in both individual and group settings including teaching the Major and Career Exploration course and/or the College to Career course.
  • Facilitate students establishing goals and next steps in career decision making such as exploring introductory courses, researching internships and jobs and speaking with faculty or employees in fields of interests.
  • Assess students’ needs and utilize a variety of individual and group techniques including values card sorts, guided imagery and worksheets to help students identify interests, skills and values.
  • Serve as the primary Career Development Center staff member to administer and interpret assessments including FOCUS, the Strong Interest Inventory, and MBTI to encourage student exploration of interest and personality fit in the work environment.
  • Develop a general knowledge and understanding of the programs of study offered at Appalachian, and maintain familiarity with the education, training and career opportunities and expectations of those assigned degree programs
  • Provide representation in various university committees and university-wide events to enhance awareness and visibility of the Career Development Center.
  • Maintain relationship and consistent presence with First Year Seminar Director, create ongoing programming and incorporate into FYS classes: conduct group assessments with FYS classes ( MBTI, Strong, etc,.)
  • Create and incorporate class assignments and programming that engage students in Career Development Center programming early in their academic journey.
  • Maintain consistent communication with Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Support Services and Early Intervention Team, University College, Transfer Services and Departmental advisors to ensure seamless transition and referral when deciding or changing majors.
  • Coordinate and conduct presentations during First Year Student, early college and transfer orientation as well as regular outreach efforts including workshops and presentations to classes, student clubs, and organizations.
  • Consistent presence in advising, including Advisor Development training and conducting assessments with general advisor caseloads.
  • Learn, use and promote Handshake, the online career management system, among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Research, evaluate & maintain online resources for careers in my major resource page to include internship and employer information gathered from first destination survey.
  • Serve as liaison to SSS / ACCESS programs and the Student Learning Center students through programming and outreach efforts and by offering career exploration programming to classes.
  • Communicate career resources to target student populations via Handshake and email newsletters.
  • Maintain ongoing professional development via involvement with relevant professional associations such as the Southeastern Association of Colleges & Employers (SoACE) and the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers ( NCACE ).
  • Disseminate employment and internship opportunities to appropriate faculty, organizations, and students
  • Maintain excellent records of student appointments and programming in order to analyze data for continuous improvement.
  • Work with the Employer Relations team to plan, coordinate and implement employer development activities including employer visitations, on-campus employer engagement opportunities, advisory boards and on-campus recruiting, and the development of job and internship leads
  • Supervise student interns and employees as needed.
Suggested Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience Physical Demands of Position
General walking, carrying, lifting. Special Instructions to Applicants
Please attach required documents:
Cover Letter
List a minimum of 3 professional references in the application or attach a List of References with Contact Information AA/EEO Statement
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056 Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community. Quick Link Posting Number 201501004P
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