Colgate University, a premiere liberal arts university of
approximately 3,100 students, seeks an energetic, student-focused
adviser to coach students primarily excited about Careers in the
Common Good (i.e.: law, public policy, public service, non-profit,
advocacy, education, etc.). This professional will also engage in
generalist career advising as a member of our career development
team. Utilizing a human-centric, growth mindset approach and
leveraging Colgate’s new four-year career development plan, our
team guides deciding and exploring students through understanding
what career options best fit a students’ interests, strengths,
values, and identities. They then work directly with students on
search strategies, applications, and decision-making related to
internship, entry-level job, and graduate/professional school
searches. It is imperative that all members of the Career Services
team build partnerships and relationships with faculty, staff,
alumni, parents, employers, and professional colleagues outside of
Colgate to ensure we are ensuring the most current and contemporary
support for our students. The assistant director reports to the
associate director of career development.
It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its
third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus
through a comprehensive Third-Century
to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive
and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher
levels of achievement. Of particular relevance to this role is the
Colgate Commitment, the launch of the Mind Brain and Behavior
Initiative, and the establishment of Global Public and
Environmental Health minor (now Colgate’s largest enrolled minor).
Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul
J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous growth. The energy on
campus is palpable as four
living-learning communities have
been developed over the last six years, and long-term goals have
been established for further developing the residential college
system through creation of an upper-level residential system and an
integrated wellness model.
Career Services benefits from strong institutional support,
reinforced by a clear commitment from Dr. McLoughlin. The assistant
director would join this highly-motivated team of 15 professionals
at a particularly exciting moment. Under Colgate’s Third Century
Plan, Career Services is committed to achieving best-in-class
preparation to launch liberal arts graduates into a global,
ever-changing workplace. By carefully harnessing Colgate’s assets
and providing extraordinary opportunities, the Career Services’
team launched a comprehensive four-year plan in fall 2021 that
ensures that all students have access to build core, practical
skills and gain competitive experiences that prepare them for a
lifetime of success.
Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College
Division by reviewing A
Candidate’s Guide to Colgate
. In 2021 and 2022, the Dean
of the College Division was acknowledged byDiverse Issues in
and Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most
Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.
Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- Independently guide students and young alumni in 1:1 and small
group advising to gain self-awareness, an understanding of the
world of work, and to pursue opportunities to test and advance
their career interests.
- Facilitate effective skill-based programming and workshops
related to job, internship, and graduate/professional school
application processes (e.g. composing targeted applications,
networking, interview preparation, offer evaluation). Develop and
maintain digital and print resources to advance students’ career
- Responsible for program management of career development
initiatives (i.e. Golden Fellowship). In collaboration with office
leadership, devise the strategy, manage students’ progress through
planned initiatives, and report on the program’s impact.
- Establish and maintain connections with student organization
leaders, faculty, alumni and parents, and professional associations
for the purpose of professional development, building networks of
support for students, and instigating opportunities for channeling
volunteerism for the benefit of students.
- A minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant
discipline is required. Internships or related practicums will be
considered as experience.
- Must be able to build rapport with students and student groups
and guide them through an advising process.
- Must be capable of being a strong advocate for inclusion with a
proven ability to work with diverse populations.
- Must have the capability to understand and communicate the
value of a liberal arts education.
- Requires exceptional written and oral communication skills with
a strong attention detail.
- Extraordinary interpersonal skills, and strong problem-solving
- Demonstrated ability to create, develop and deliver
presentations and/or workshops.
- Demonstrated strength in collaboration, organizational skills,
detail orientation, and ability to independently follow through on
- Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.
Previous experience in law, public service, non-profit, advocacy,
or education preferred.
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
A Master’s degree or JD is preferred.
Graduate-level courses in student development, counseling, or a
similar field are highly desirable.
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any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their
race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin,
marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual
orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic
information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial
status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall
apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to
recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion,
layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of
compensation and selection for training at all levels of
employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate
against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or
disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another
employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected
Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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