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Career Advisor

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Department Statement
Colgate University, a premiere liberal arts university of approximately 3,100 students, seeks an energetic, student-focused career advisor to coach students primarily interested in business careers (e.g. finance, consulting, sales, operations, marketing, real estate, and sports management). Utilizing a human-centric, growth mindset approach, career advisors guide students through the discernment, exploration, and application phases related to internship, entry-level job, and graduate school searches. To understand students’ needs and be well-versed in the breadth of potential opportunities, this advisor will engage with faculty, alumni, employers, and members of professional associations to build a community of support. This position will report to the associate director of career development. This is a distinctive opportunity for a student-focused professional with a strategic approach to 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 Plan to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. 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 Residential Commons living-learning communities have been developed over the last five years, and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through creation of an upper-level residential system, career services, and integrated wellness.

Career Services benefits from strong institutional support, reinforced by a clear commitment from Dr. McLoughlin. 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 ensures that all students build core, practical skills and gain competitive experiences that prepare them for a lifetime of success. The career advisor would join this highly-motivated team of 15 professionals at a particularly exciting moment. In fall 2021, the team launched Ascend, Colgate’s four-year career development process. Ascend knits together many of the existing and successful initiatives for which the office is known, in addition to providing further opportunities for self-assessment, exploration, and networking in a developmental four-year pathway.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidate’s Guide to Colgate . In 2021, the Dean of the College Division was acknowledged byDiverse Issues in Higher Educationand Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. Accountabilities
Responsible for conducting effective advising of students and young alumni (in the first five years post-graduation) that results in the student’s ability to articulate the value of a rigorous Colgate liberal arts education in relation to opportunities of interest. This career advisor will possess positive excitement about helping students explore a variety of professional options beyond what they may have previously experienced. Candidates should have a passion for engaging with a diverse student body, a strong team orientation, and a deep commitment to student development.

Responsibilities include:
  • Implementing effective career advising strategies with deciding and exploratory students.
  • Independently guiding students and alumni in 1:1 sessions and in group coaching through a process of developing a strong sense of self that includes aspects of one’s strengths, interests, values, and identity.
  • Assisting students and alumni to research and explore career options, determine best-fit entry points, and pursue opportunities to gain experience.
  • Teaching students and alumni to engage current and potential networks of influencers across business careers.
  • Effectively delivering general skill-based workshops and programs related to job/internship searches and graduate school application processes (e.g.: composing targeted applications, interview preparation, and salary negotiation).
  • Developing and maintaining digital and print resources to advance students’ career development.
  • Maintaining a strong knowledge-base of industry trends, hiring cycles, alumni connections, and graduate school admission processes related to financial services, consulting, sales, operations, marketing, real estate, and sports management.

Establishing connections with an assigned campus population or cohorts with unique needs (i.e. first generation students, international students, etc.) to build support structures for students. Professional Experience/ Qualifications
- A minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant discipline is required.
- 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.
- Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communication skills as well as problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to create, develop and give presentations and/or workshops.
- Demonstrated collaborative skills and the ability to influence other stakeholders to produce positive outcomes.
- Demonstrated strengths in the following; organized, detail-oriented, excellent follow-through and execution skills.
- Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously, as well as work well independently. Preferred Qualifications
- Graduate-level courses in student development, counseling, or a similar field highly desirable, as is previous advising experience.
- Previous experience in or with business careers preferable. Education
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required.
- A Master’s Degree is preferred. Job Open Date 01/03/2022 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions Summary EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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