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Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Lycoming College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Date posted
May 29, 2024

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

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Lycoming College is hiring an Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development! This position is integral to sustaining the College’s strategic embedded career advising model. Through this model, career advising is conducted in close collaboration with faculty in order to incorporate students’ career exploration and professional development within the departmental curriculum. The Assistant Director works closely with faculty of the fine arts, humanities, pre-law, and education certification programs to help develop and support students’ to be competitive for internship and practicum placements, graduate/professional school applications, and job searches. Given Lycoming’s richly-diverse student body and the College’s commitment to fostering an inclusive campus environment, all members of the Office of Career and Professional Development utilize cultural competencies to help craft individually-tailored student guidance.  

This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible position which consists of nine full-time months beginning two weeks before the start of the fall semester and ending with Commencement. The remaining three months between mid-May and mid-August consist of approximately 10 hours per week.

Who We Are: 
Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected residential liberal arts and sciences colleges and is becoming increasingly recognized for the quality of its experiential programming and for students gaining the skills needed upon graduation in today’s world. Students partner with faculty in doing original research, thrive in a robust program of internships, study abroad in more than two dozen countries, and compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports. Lycoming College’s strong endowment per student provides the foundation to support a first-rate undergraduate education. The College offers more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to about 1,100 active learners, including 30% international and domestic students of color. Students represent 25 states and territories and 15 countries.  

The College proudly celebrates and values the principle of inclusive excellence. In support of its commitment to establishing an inclusive and equitable campus, Lycoming College seeks to recruit more faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups with the recognition that doing so advances institutional excellence.  

Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.  

What will I do in this role?

  • Advise and support students on career pathway identification—including clarification of personal values, connections between academic and professional interests, and career exploration tools within a cultural competency and theoretical framework.
  • Work with faculty of assigned academic departments and programs to identify and support curricular points for embedding appropriate professional development assignments and activities.
  • Provide guidance to students on career skillset development, with emphasis on honing of resumes, personal statements, and cover letters; interview strategies; internship, job, and graduate school/professional school searching strategies; and personal branding.
  • Maintain individual student case notes via office software system.
  • Collaborate with career advising team members to provide Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences (CEAE) professional development workshops and career readiness programming throughout the academic calendar.
  • Support new student enrollment through participating in signature new student on-boarding experiences and individual meetings with prospective students.
  • Work collaboratively with career advising team members, faculty, campus offices, and alumni relations to maintain existing internship and research experiential learning partnerships and work with these partners to identify the specific talents and qualifications that would pair best with students pursuing internship placements.
  • Work collaboratively with career advising team members, faculty, campus offices, and alumni relations to identify external partnership gaps and work to expand experiential learning offerings and employment opportunities.
  • Work to support institutional strategic priorities as they relate to and are incorporated within the CEAE operations.
  • Support the College’s commitment to inclusive excellence by working toward successful outcomes for all students.

What are we looking for?

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree preferred with educational pathway focus in an area that supports knowledge of some combination of student development, career counseling, the arts, humanities, and/or law.
  • A minimum of three years of work within a collaborative collegiate environment, including some experience with classroom teaching.

  Knowledge and Skill Set

  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment in support of all students
  • A passion for working within a liberal arts institutional setting
  • Working knowledge of career development and advising strategies
  • Ability to utilize theoretical concepts such as trait and factor, social learning, and/or behavioral/personality theories along with person-centered counseling concepts such as empathic understanding as applied to career exploration and advising
  • Ability to craft and teach interactive and effective career topic sessions
  • Experience with a student case management system preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated professionalism
  • Ability to be energetic, self-motivated, and independent while also able to collaborate well within a team setting

What We Offer!
Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes:
Health & Wellness Benefits:

  • Health insurance – Lycoming College offers a wide variety of health plan options available
  • Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Life & accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Wellness program
  • Employee assistance program

Retirement Benefits:

  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to 9% contributions from the College

Tuition Benefits:

  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at Lycoming College
  • Free tuition for eligible dependents at over 600 colleges nationwide through Tuition Exchange, Inc.
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at the Pennsylvania College of Technology

Paid Leave Benefits:

  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 14 holidays per year
  • Summer hours

Employee Perks:

  • 15% discount at the campus bookstore, excluding textbooks and snacks
  • Reduced rates for meal packages for on-campus dining facilities
  • Use of the campus recreations center and gym facilities for employees and household family members
  • Use of the campus Library

How do I Join the Warrior Team?
Apply directly online by submitting your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Within the cover letter, please include a description of your career advising philosophy in relation to liberal arts education and inclusive student support. Application review will begin immediately and will cease once the position has been filled. Post-offer motor vehicle record and criminal history background checks will be conducted.


Lycoming College

At Lycoming College, classic meets cutting edge, and tradition meets progress. A liberal arts and sciences college with a distinguished past and an exciting future, Lycoming is dedicated to providing a 21st-century education in a supportive, residential environment that fosters individual growth and a tight-knit community of learners. Founded in 1812, the College helps students discover their passions and how to become meaningful members of their communities.

Lycoming is ranked as a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts and Sciences college by U.S. News & World Report, where it has risen 17 spots in the last two years. In addition, Lycoming is listed as one of “The Best 382 Colleges” by The Princeton Review and has been named a leading national liberal arts college by Washington Monthly.

All of Lycoming’s resources and faculty are dedicated to the undergraduate education of just 1,200 students. With a 12:1 ratio of students to faculty, classes of five or ten students are not uncommon, while larger introductory courses average just 30 students. This means abundant opportunities for individual attention by exceptional faculty members who are truly committed to teaching.

The faculty at Lycoming College are active teachers, committed mentors, and scholars who produce knowledge and creative work. They draw students into learning and prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in a world characterized by rapid change and intense competition. Lycoming students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of study in the arts and humanities, math and languages, social and natural sciences and depth of study in at least one area of concentration. The College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and offers 41 academic programs.

Lycoming students, who come from as nearby as Williamsport and as far away as Africa and Asia, embrace the entire student experience. High-impact opportunities can be found in abundance. For example, students conduct research with faculty, complete internships and service or community-based learning projects, teach in the local schools, and study abroad.

Lycoming offers students opportunities to participate in faculty-led research, giving undergraduates a taste of what research is like at a professional level, as well as helping them prepare for graduate studies.

Lycoming’s campus lies near historic downtown Williamsport, a city best-known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball and the site of its annual Little League World Series. The rolling hills and forestlands of north central Pennsylvania provide some of the state’s best scenery, as well as hiking, camping, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation, while the Williamsport greater metro area has a population of approximately 100,000 people. Lycoming is less than four hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.

The College enjoys a relationship with the United Methodist Church and supports its tradition of providing an education to persons of all faiths. The College is firmly committed to a policy of cultural diversity and expects its students to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusivity.

Lycoming College prepares students for a lifetime of success at one of the best liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country.

Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. Job openings for faculty and staff can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

Lycoming College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, tuition benefit programs, life and long-term disability insurance, several paid-time-off plans (e.g. holidays, vacation, sick leave, etc.) and a variety of additional voluntary benefit programs (e.g. dental, short-term disability, etc.) for employees to choose from.

Come see why Lycoming College has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top publication for colleges and universities.

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