Assistant Director, Career Exploration Counseling

Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Career Discovery & Success (Orgn: 18100)

Division Name

Provost and VP Academic Affair

Position Title

Assistant Director, Career Exploration Counseling

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Career Discovery and Success seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Director, Career Exploration Counseling to join our team to lead and support the University’s strategic goals for student achievement.

About Career Discovery and Success:
Career Discovery and Success believes career development occurs in all facets of the student experience, and that all students are entitled to comprehensive, high quality career services that support career decision-making, academic planning, the development and articulation of career competencies, and connections with industry opportunities.

Our mission is to support positive career outcomes for students by offering the best career services experience to our students, faculty, staff, employer partners and alumni through innovative services, support, and engagement. This mission and belief support our vision to be an office of career services excellence that empowers everyone across the University landscape to integrate career development across all dimensions of the student experience, while inspiring others through our work within the field.

The cornerstone of our mission and vision is our values, which connect to those of the University. We value individual growth and development, diversity and inclusion of thought and culture, collaborative innovation, mutual respect, integrity, and stewardship. These values guide us in the strategic pursuit to live our mission and envisioned purpose.

Career Discovery and Success supports the University’s strategic goals for student achievement by supporting students’ post-graduation outcomes through a coordinated approach to comprehensive, innovative, and high impact career services across the campus landscape. To achieve this strategic mission, it is essential that space is provided for students to explore career and academic options, and that support be provided to assist students in developing life-long skills and tools for informed decision-making and planning. The leadership within the Exploration Center envisions and implements operational strategies to create efficient and effective processes that foster opportunities for career and academic exploration and development, career and academic planning, and decision-making skills development. The Exploration Center is a foundational component to student success and provides essential programs and services to all students, with specific programs, services, and courses for those students who identify as exploratory.
As a leader within the Exploration Center, the Assistant Director, under the supervision of the Director and in coordination with other Assistant Directors, builds student services and programs, while leading and supervising a team of professionals that sets bold goals and innovative plans to establish intentional, outcome-driven student support. These leadership efforts foster opportunities for career and academic exploration, planning, competency development, experiential learning, and post-graduation employment strategies. Through their work, the Assistant Director expands the coordinated support between exploratory career counselors and academic advisors, develops strategic engagement and communication across functional teams within Career Discovery and Success and across the Auburn University Career Services Network and Advisor Caucus, to enhance exploration opportunities and the sharing of accurate major and career information in an effort to establish cohesive best practices and processes that support strategic departmental, division-wide, and university initiatives.

Essential Functions
  • Manages the daily operations related to Career Exploration and Counseling practice within the Exploration Center, a functional and interdependent unit within Career Discovery and Success.
  • Assists in establishing and implementing policies and procedures related to individual and group career exploration and counseling services in collaboration with the Assistant Director for Exploratory Advising, and under the supervision of the Director of the Exploration Center.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of career exploration counselors with the unit’s administrative assistant and Director for career exploration and career counseling services with the support of the administrative assistant.
  • Provides individual and group career counseling for students and alumni to assist them in making career decisions, choosing a major, developing a personal career plan, and finding employment.
  • Creates, delivers, and assesses curriculum for one to two career exploration related courses and assists with course development and material selection.
  • Provides ongoing training and supervision to career exploration counselors, who may provide supervision to career exploration counselor graduate assistants.
  • Works in coordination and collaborates with the Assistant Director of Exploratory Advising to cross-train exploratory career counselors and academic advisors.
  • Supervises the graduate assistantship, practicum, and internship opportunities for students in a CACREP accredited counselor education program at Auburn University. These experiences for CACREP accredited counseling programs are completed under the supervision of the assistant director and qualified career counseling staff, which includes weekly one hour group trainings and individual supervision meetings for students engaging in experiential learning for academic credit within the Exploratory Center.
  • Assists in collecting and reporting activity, satisfaction, and outcomes data in collaboration with the Director of the Exploration Center and Assistant Director of Exploratory Advising on a semester and annual basis, as well as works in partnership with the Director to support the development of an evaluation plan and possible research agenda related to major and career exploration, counseling, and related programs and services to provide accountability, continual improvement, and demonstration of best practices.
  • Serves as a liaison to internal and external constituents, and occasionally delivers career education programs to community groups and agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level

Master's Degree

Field of Study

Degree in Career Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology.

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

Experience in career services or career counseling in a university or college setting. Must have at least 1 year of leading, supervising, and mentoring a professional team.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of career counseling and counseling practice, as well as counseling supervision. Competence in legal and ethical decision-making and multicultural counseling. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative assessment, as well as university policies and procedures. Knowledge of career counseling and student development theory or practice, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ( FERPA ), HPAA, Title IX, Title VII, EEO, National Career Development Association ( NCDA ) Ethical Standards, National Association of Colleges, and Employers ( NACE ) standards and university policies and procedures.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

None required.
Desired: National Certified Counselor, Certified Career Counselor ( CCC ), or State Licensure. Approved Clinical Supervisor ( ACS ) or Certified Clinical Supervisor of Career Counseling ( CCSC ) credential.

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range

$54,900 - $93,300

Job Category

Academic Advising/Support

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EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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  2. * Do you have a Master's degree or higher in Career Counseling, Counselor Education and Supervision, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, or School Psychology from an accredited institution?
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  3. * Do you have 5 years of experience in career services or career counseling in a university or college setting, including 1 year of leading, supervising, and mentoring a professional team?
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