Assistant Director, Center for Professional Pathways

Washington & Jefferson College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 7, 2022


The Assistant Director, as an integral member of the Center for Professional Pathways, will provide student opportunities to develop skills leading to professional readiness and preparation for a fulfilling life. The Center and Assistant Director will provide the interface for developing and articulating the NACE core career competencies as a part of an innovative four-year learning experience, guided by outstanding teaching, holistic advising and mentoring, and ethical leadership development.

The Assistant Director offers individual career counseling, internship and job-search advising to students and alumni, developing and presenting workshops, and building positive relationships with students, employers, faculty, staff, co-curricular advisors, alumni and parents. The assistant director also serves as primary administrator of the Center's technology systems, helping in data collection, management, and reporting of the First Destination Survey a report on recent graduates' outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Career Development/Programming:
  • Coordinates targeted programming for graduating students Embark Program
  • Assists students in clarifying academic and career goals through individual career counseling.
  • Administers and interprets career assessment inventories e.g. MBTI, COPS, Focus2.
  • Assists students in using online career resources Handshake, Focus2, LinkedIn, etc..
  • Participates in the design and delivery of career-related workshops, programs and panels.
  • Helps students develop and refine resume writing, interviewing, and job-searching skills.
  • Assists with recorded mock interviews.
  • Develops and delivers workshops and career-related programs, including new initiatives on how best to utilize digital resources for career discovery/job-search purposes.
  • Develops and manages the digital presence web content, internal and external web pages, and social media for the Center for Professional Pathways.
  • Acts as liaison with IT Department and supports Student Life writers and web editors as needed.
  • Supervises student workers on Internet and technology issues including social media maintenance and updates.
  • Advises associate dean in the selection process for acquisition of career-related software and department technology-related issues.
  • Offers user support and training to professional and student staff on how to use educational and administrative information systems. Develops presentations and user guides.
  • Assists with design and data collection for the First Destination Survey - report on recent graduates' outcomes.
    • Assists staff in design & management of a file-based database management systems, including policies and procedures for data collection and management.
    • Establishes priorities, policies and procedures for data collection and management.
    • Develops and improves mechanisms for tracking and reporting data/statistics, both for internal and external consumption.
  • Participates in the planning and promotion of the Center for Professional Pathways to students, alumni, faculty and employers through wide-array of marketing efforts.
  • Assists with the updating of existing marketing materials or developing new materials aimed at informing employers about our students, programs and services.
  • As designated by the associate dean, represents the Center for Professional Pathways on College committees, with area college consortia, professional conferences, and on-site sessions hosted by employers.
  • Serves as liaison to student groups, clubs, and organizations.
  • Coordinates submissions for office publications and electronic communications.
Additional Responsibilities:
  • Serves as the primary contact for funded opportunities related to internships and professional development i.e. Magellan Franklin Internship Awards, etc.. Coordinate the promotion, selection, and administration of these opportunities. Liaise with members of the selection committee.
  • Serves on various College committees as assigned
  • Evening and weekend attendance at College functions as required

  • Master's degree preferred - in student personnel/higher education management, counseling, education, or related field.
  • Two to three years of professional experience in career development and/or job-search counseling; or the equivalent.
  • Intermediate proficiency working with personal computers, related hardware/software, webpage maintenance and development.
  • Experience with database development and management.
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Versatile team player who thrives on student interaction and excels in relationship- building.
  • Strong diversity advocate with proven ability to work with a diverse student population.
  • Extremely well-organized with excellent follow-through ability.
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • A thorough understanding of the liberal arts.
  • Polished presenting skills.
  • Positive attitude with a sense of humor and a joy in working with students
Supervisory Duties

This position involves the supervision of professional staff.


The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the position described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the position.

Job Description Status

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Washington & Jefferson College reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.

Application Instructions

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Employee Benefits

Washington & Jefferson College offers a comprehensive benefit package for benefit eligible employees; including health, vision, and dental coverage, group life insurance, AD&D and LTD coverage, retirement plan, generous leave time, and the tuition benefit programs. These benefits add significantly to the employee's total compensation package.

Getting to Know W&J

Washington & Jefferson College is the best of both worlds: a small-town college setting in historic Washington, Pa., with easy access to the bustling business and cultural districts of nearby Pittsburgh, Pa. just 30 miles to the north. Founded in 1781, W&J College is a private, residential liberal arts college that is focused on student success. Our dedicated, experienced professors are passionate about teaching and work closely with our students to ensure that they receive a quality, comprehensive education. For more than 200 years, our alumni have influenced change in business, politics, medicine, and the arts and sciences as CEOs, lawyers, doctors, researchers, writers, teachers, and in many other equally worthy professions.

Celebrating Diversity

Washington & Jefferson College welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs who wish to participate in a diverse educational community. The College strives to be a place where all students, faculty, administrators and employees are able to live, study and work in an atmosphere free from bias and harassment. The College encourages civil debate and lively exchange of ideas in the belief that such exchanges promote understanding that will grow beyond simple tolerance of difference to embracing and celebrating the richness of diversity. Our graduates acquire knowledge and learn skills that help them thrive in a culturally diverse world.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington & Jefferson College W&J is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or national origin.

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