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Professional Development Advisor, UMKC, H.W. Bloch School of Management, 64979

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The Bloch Career Center is part of the Bloch School of Management and serves alumni, undergraduate and graduate students in business and public administration programs. The Bloch Career Center is focused on preparing students to be career-ready leaders and promotes equity in, and access to, high-quality career related support and resources. The Bloch Career Center assists in defining and advancing career paths, preparing students for the job search and career success, facilitating connections between students and employers, and engaging alumni as mentors and advocates.

The Bloch Career Center partners closely with departments within the Bloch School including, admissions, Launchpad, academic advising, and academic departments, and collaborates with departments and programs across the university and UM system.

Job Description

The Bloch Career Center at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management is seeking a Professional Development Advisor . The Professional Development Advisor will support student success initiatives by working closely with Bloch School undergraduates in the early stages of their academic career. The Advisor will work with students to help them identify potential career paths and to develop a professional development portfolio that supports their choice of major and emphasis area. The incumbent will be asked to support efforts to improve retention, graduation rates, and career outcomes by helping students identify a professional development and career path linked to their academic program.


Early Career Engagement Programming. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Engage with students early in their academic career through for-credit courses such as the first-semester experience course.
  • Engage with student groups and organizations to develop and facilitate career readiness programming for targeted groups.
  • Coordinate and lead individual and group career engagement sessions and workshops.
  • Support skill development in critical professional development areas.
  • Coordinate employer engagement programming, both on- and off-campus.
  • Assist Bloch Career Center staff in organizing major career development and employer engagement events.
  • Research and develop materials to be utilized in workshops, social media, and web site.
Supervision. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Train and manage part-time student employees.
  • Collaborate with Bloch School of Management departments to coordinate hiring, scheduling, and training of student employees for shared services.
Additional Responsibilities. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Utilize and update career center platforms: uConnect, Handshake, 12Twenty, PeopleGrove, BigInterview, etc.
  • Conduct career and employment research to stay current on trends, markets, and career sectors.
  • Represent department on committees and projects.
  • Promoting events and programs through email campaigns, on-campus media outlets, and social media.
  • Other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in any field or an equivalent combination of education and experience and three years’ professional experience in human resources, career coaching, program development, campus recruiting or a related field. Strong workshop development, presentation, coaching, and networking skills. Written and verbal communications skills.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-Time, Benefit Eligible position


Up to $23.00/hr - commensurate with experience/qualifications

Application Deadline

Application review begins 1/23/2023

Position will remain open until filled

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

Benefit Eligibility


We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off, paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our Total Rewards page to learn more.

Also, explore the Total Rewards website to learn more about the rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the university's most important r esource.

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