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Career and Professional Development Advisor

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 24, 2023

Position Title
Career and Professional Development Advisor
The Opportunity

The transition from student to professional is integral to the success of Colorado School of Mines graduates and to the mission of Mines as an institution. The Career and Professional Development Advisor will serve as a member of a Career advising team to provide career guidance, professional development, and job search assistance to students and recent graduates through a strategic plan of outreach and programming. Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, the mission of the Career and Professional Development Advisor is to assist students in developing career readiness skills critical for the effective transition from school to career, to build a foundation for life-long career development and advancement. The mission of this position is accomplished through a strategic plan of outreach, events, data analysis and collection, internal and external contacts. This role includes the ability to evaluate and/or implement career, education, and employment decisions and plans. This is a full time, 12-month administrative-faculty professional exempt position and may be hybrid.

The Department
The Career Center at Mines is an exciting place to work! With access to hundreds of diverse employer job postings, career and industry events to provide networking opportunities, and career assistance in the form of job search advice, resume and cover letter reviews, salary negotiation conversations, practice interviews, and more, Mines students can build confidence and gain tools and techniques useful to evaluate and pursue career opportunities. The Career Center also hosts biannual Career Days, with over 300 companies for students to meet with. The team is fun, flexible, and values diversity, transparency, and teamwork. For more information on the Career Center, please visit: .

Career advising and professional development
  • Advise students of all academic levels (BS-PhD) and recent graduates on career exploration and professional development practices.
  • Provide assistance and instruction on resume and CV writing, cover and thank-you letter development, interview presentation skills, and other tools and materials needed for an effective job search.
  • Instruct students and recent graduates on use of online recruiting systems and the Career Center policies and procedures related to services.
  • Provide job searching assistance for various levels of industry, research, managerial, academic, and international opportunities, including experiential learning opportunities such as internships and cooperative education.
  • Conduct practice interviews and consult on contract offers and salary negotiations.
  • Coordinate strategic outreach efforts to expand career services for specific populations of students, schedule and deliver group presentations and workshops to students and graduates.
  • Demonstrate an interest in working with and developing resources for growing student population of online and certificate students.
Programming and Projects
  • Deliver group presentations and career-related workshops to students, prospective students, and graduates.
  • Assess programming needs of specific student populations, which may include online students, certificate students, international students, graduate students, and more. Develop and implement targeted services to identified groups.
  • Provide instruction for CSM 250 “Engineering Your Career Path” 1-credit course.
  • Present to faculty and other campus constituents on Career Center services, offerings, policies and procedures.
  • Create and deliver webinars and alternative presentation formats for students and graduates.
  • Assist as needed with all Career Center programs, events, activities, workshops and customer requests.
  • Represent the college and career services at various events, including but not limited to, promoting career services to faculty and staff, and presenting recruiting-related programs to students.
  • Identify and develop projects or efforts which further the Career Center and Mines mission and also reflect personal interests or needs. Examples may include, but are not restricted to, career and professional development which supports Mines diversity and inclusion, international student support with employment, or website and graphic design.
  • Oversee small budget for programming and supervise student peer advisor(s).
Data collection and reporting
  • Assist the Associate Director of Career and Professional Development to maintain current student databases as it relates to students’ first destination tracking.
  • Contribute to and manage assigned sections of annual report and other ad hoc requests.
  • Maintain program records and statistical information as it related to student employment and program accountabilities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline from an accredited four-year institution of higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience advising students. Examples include advising at the postsecondary level or experience with direct career advising
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with postsecondary staff and faculty.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills; ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to coordinate and organize workshops, meetings and events, organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds and creating an inclusive environment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in relevant discipline, including Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Business, Social Sciences, etc.
  • Experience or interest in classroom teaching and curriculum development.
  • Experience in career services or university recruitment. Awareness of NACE competencies.
  • Experience in gathering data, compiling and analyzing information, and preparing reports.
  • Experience working directly with engineering and technology students.
  • Experience with Customer Service Management Software (ex. Simplicity).
  • Experience in career coaching or additional training in working with college-level students.
  • Knowledge of college recruiting principles, procedures and databases.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations as applicable to the employment recruitment of interns, co-ops and new graduates.
About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado --with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range


Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards

Colorado School of Mines offers a robust portfolio of benefits for all employees. For this role, that includes:

- Fully paid health and dental premiums
- Generous sick/vacation time
- 13 paid holidays per year – including a week-long winter break for entire campus
- Fully vested retirement plan on first day of employment (certain plans), with generous employer contribution
Tuition benefits (6 credits per year for employees, 50 percent discount for dependents)
- Free RTD Ecopass

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. Mines welcomes everyone to our team; in your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc). If you need reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know.

Please contact Kathy White at with questions.

Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Mar 24, 2023 Mountain Daylight Time
Applications close: Apr 9, 2023 11:55 PM Mountain Daylight Time

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