Career Specialist

Goodwin University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Cooperative & Experiential Education, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time

Under the supervision of the Director of Career Services, the Career Specialist is a grant funded position that would be responsible for advising Goodwin University students and alumni about the process of career exploration, self-assessment, decision-making, as well as job and internship search techniques in one-on-one advising and group settings. Advise and connect students to opportunities in designated career areas. Develop programs, workshops and larger strategic initiatives to educate students about career development areas. Serves as a Career Liaison to Goodwin’s School of Business, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (BTAM ).

Overall Responsibilities Include : Participation in full range of Career Services university-wide events including employer visits, career fairs, professional development workshops, and strategic meetings. Conduct outreach to employers in select career fields to encourage participation in Goodwin programs and events. Collaborate with faculty and staff across the University to boost awareness of and engagement in Career Services initiatives. Seek out new information regarding changes in industry, technology, economic trends, and the role of higher education in educating students for future contributions to society and adapt programming accordingly.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Collaborate with the rollout of SIP grant (Strengthening Institutions Program) as it relates to Career Services
  • Manage and oversee job and employment data within Goodwin’s data bases
  • Foster partnerships with Program Directors, faculty and other key individuals in BTAM to help to embed career development resources into curriculum across all academic programs
  • Partnering with BTAM staff, conduct outreach to help build a pipeline to employers in BTAM industries to encourage participation in Goodwin University programs and events.
  • Assist with managing ongoing placement/employment strategy and first destination data for students and alumni across the University and coordinate campus-wide follow-up efforts
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Conducts all work in a safe manner and all work safety practices are followed.
Other Functions :
  • Actively partners with all members of the Career Services Team to promote career development and help to achieve overall career success for Goodwin University students and alumni.
  • Develop résumés, cover letters and other application materials to promote skill sets, position and market students and alumni
  • Work with faculty and Career Services colleagues to present and design career development workshops, networking events, and career fairs for students and alumni
  • Provide individual career counseling and referrals, assist students in job preparation, interview prep and clarification of academic and career goals
  • Provide students with occupational information including information about companies/organizations, current opportunities for employment, hiring practices and transitioning from school to career
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, employers and the public
  • Establish strong working partnerships with Program Directors and Faculty for customizing and facilitating programming
  • Research and implement career assessment tools as part of the career counseling process
  • Represent University in various professional organizations, associations and committees
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.
  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Candidates will have a strong knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, occupational, career and employment information sources
  • Advanced level of technology: ability to compile reports and utilize student information systems
  • Strong knowledge of technology, online research and data analysis tools (including ONET, Dept of Labor information, etc.), to generate reports on career trends in the regional and national job market
  • Requires the ability to interact with a diverse student, staff and employer population and have a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Must have excellent writing, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s in education/career counseling, HR or in a related field
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a Career Assistant in a college or university, Human Resources Specialist or as a talent management specialist or five years’ experience in related field
  • Candidates must have demonstrated experience-counseling students/clients involving career, academic and employment issues
Special Requirements :
  • Valid license & insured vehicle
Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Outdoor Weather Conditions X Work with fumes or airborne particles X Work near moving mechanical parts X Risk of electrical shock X Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Standing X Walking X Sitting X Talking & Hearing X Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X Climbing or balancing X Bending, pulling, pushing X Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Up to 10 pounds X Up to 25 pounds X Up to 50 pounds X Up to 75 pounds X Up to 100 pounds X Over 100 pounds X

Vision Requirements:

X Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

X Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

X Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

X Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

X Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

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