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Career Development

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
May 20, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Career Development & Fellowships Specialist
Whitman College

Compensation: $55,600 - $60,500


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO).


Whitman College is committed to providing high-quality, comprehensive and relevant personal and professional development opportunities for our students and alumni. Through the work of the Career and Community Engagement Center (CCEC), students access creative and timely programming and resources to help them build connections with our community and the enormous array of options they might pursue during and after their time on campus.

This position will allow the College to expand support for all students in connecting their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular pursuits to opportunities for post-graduate employment and training. Utilizing a combination of coaching, mentoring and collaborative skill sets, the Specialist will engage in career advising and assessment, graduate school advising, education and development programs, and relevant career-related events.

This role will also engage specifically in support for students and alumni pursuing highly competitive, national merit-based fellowships and grants. This work will be done in collaboration with programming overseen by the Director of Fellowships and Grants.

  • Engage actively in CCEC initiatives to provide individual career coaching to all students, providing one-on-one student appointments and relevant classroom presentations.
  • Collaborate with the Director for Fellowships & Grants to support programs and advising for students and alumni pursuing nationally competitive merit-based opportunities and programs.
  • Develop an operations strategy for CCEC support of students pursuing graduate school and engage prospective graduate programs.
  • Generate a clear communications plan to engage and manage relationships with graduate programs.
  • Support holistic integration of the CCEC by communicating priorities between the Fellowships & Grants and Career Development teams.
  • Assist in collection, tabulation, and analysis of outcomes information for key stakeholders.
  • Represent and promote the CCEC to a variety of constituents such as Whitman parents, alumni and prospective students, as needed.
  • Utilize effective and current technology and communication outlets in all facets of work.
  • Complete other duties assigned, as needed, to support the goals of the Center.


Must be able to explain and/or demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Specifically,

  • Skills and experience that positively and actively advance the College's core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
  • Experience pursuing or receiving fellowship or grant.
  • Familiarity with employment trends across a range of directions pursued by alumni of fellowship and grant programs.
  • Interpersonal skills that build rapport across diverse audiences.
  • Comfort with technology platforms and drawing from them to inform decisions.
  • Work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Organized with a good attention to detail.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for liberal arts education.

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field.

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • 2-3 years of experience with student advising, employee coaching or early career mentoring.

Please note that while the description details both required and preferred qualifications, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the preferred qualifications to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply.


Whitman College offers a competitive benefits program that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits:

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances.

Basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage.

403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met.

Paid Time Off: 20 accrued vacation days, 12 accrued sick days, 13 paid holidays.

Tuition Remission - Dependent Children

Employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester.

Employee Assistance Program

Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


August 2024.

For full application instructions and position description, visit



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