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Assistant Director in the Center for Career Development

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2023

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Provides career counseling and advising to students and recent alumni via individual advising, workshops and programming. Provides leadership for student programming and outreach for students interested in the Education, Human Services, Non-Profit, Government, International Affairs and Law fields. Coordinates career counseling programs and initiatives for all class years with a focus on student engagement.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Career Counseling and Advising:
  • Provide individual, comprehensive career counseling to students of all class years and recent alumni, including Strong Interest Inventory interpretations.
  • Assist students and recent alumni identify and integrate abilities, interests, experience and values with career choice; explore career options using online and print resources; make decisions regarding career choice.
  • Connect students with career exploration opportunities including job shadowing, informational interviewing, career panels and presentations, community-based learning, workshops, deep-dives, pre-professional advising, etc.
  • Teach internship/job search skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, researching employers and use of online tools in individual and group settings.
  • Develop and present career workshops and prepare related materials
  • Critique resumes and cover letters.
  • Conduct interview strategy meetings and mock interviews.
Serve as the Industry Advisor for students interested in select industries:
  • Industry advisor to students interested in education, human services, non-profit, government, internal affairs and legal fields
  • Lead the Education, Human Services & Non-Profit (EHN) and the Government, International Affairs & Law (GIL) career communities
  • Plan and coordinate events and programs for target populations, industries and career community including, but not limited to, alumni panels, employer site visits, recruiter in residence, and industry nights
  • Develop and maintain relationships with alumni in career community industries to facilitate connections with students
  • Curate industry-specific information for monthly career community newsletters
  • Collaborate and build relationships with appropriate departments, faculty and student groups
  • Plan staff development trainings around industry information dissemination
  • Coordinate industry / networking nights
  • Communicate with Employer Engagement team about job/internship opportunities and employer trends
  • Conduct outreach and provide support to funded summer interns within the EHN and GIL career communities
  • Assist in the creation of asynchronous and virtual content to support career community and office wide goals and initiatives.
Student Programming and Outreach
  • Implement and evaluate student engagement programming
  • Serve as liaison to Education, Political Science, Asian Studies, World Languages and Literatures and International Studies departments
  • Manage, market, and evaluate all aspects of the Alumni Job Shadow Program


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in counseling, college student personnel or related field required.
  • 1-3 years of related experience.
  • The position requires a strong understanding of the career development of liberal arts students, especially with respect to the role of experiential education within a Jesuit environment.
  • Basic experience or knowledge of Handshake or career services management databases
  • Strong Interest Inventory Certified or proficient experience administering the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator or Clifton Strengths
To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

Additional Information:

The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:
  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off
  • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
  • Click here to learn more.
College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here .

The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to:

Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download: click here

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see ) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit .

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