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Career Advisor (6726)

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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work.

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About the Department/Unit

American University’s School of International Service (SIS) is a top-10 school of international affairs located in Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1957, we have answered President Dwight D. Eisenhower's call to prepare students of international affairs to "wage peace." We do so because we believe the world needs leaders who are ready to serve. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at the American University School of International Service, and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Incumbent functions as a Career Advisor in the Office of Career Development in the School of International Service (SIS) and will be responsible for supporting the career development of SIS students, with a focus on graduate and online student populations. Provides in-depth, customized career coaching/advising/counseling and facilitating opportunities for self-reflection, career exploration, career planning, professional polish, experiential learning, and post-graduate pursuits.

Work Environment
  • This position reports directly to the Director, Career Education & Employer Relations.
  • This position works in close collaboration with other career advisors in the SIS Office of Career Development.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
  • Full Time, 35 hours/week.
  • Exempt.
  • Coordinator/Analyst A.
Required Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of progressively responsible work in career development, student affairs, employer relations, international affairs, or other relevant field.
  • Experience coaching/advising/counseling students on career development.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement projects involving multiple tasks and priorities in a fast-paced, diverse environment.
  • Extremely well-organized with strong attention to detail and excellent follow-through.
  • Ability to set and follow timelines for programs and events.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally and to establish rapport and relate well to a diverse population of colleagues and constituents.
  • Service-oriented approach and polished professional demeanor.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Ability to identify where a person is in the career development process and provide appropriate strategies to facilitate progress toward goals.
  • Understanding of the basics of student development theory, learning styles, and strategies for instruction.
  • Experience addressing the developmental needs of diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of current employment trends in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • Certification in coaching/advising/counseling.
  • Certification in MBTI, Strong, or other relevant career assessment tool(s).
  • Previous experience in international affairs.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn more about our health and safety directive .

AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options .

Union Eligibility

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by SEIU Local 500. That means the terms and conditions of your employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement entered into between American University and SEIU Local 500.

Current American University Employees

If you are a current employee at American University, please log intoAsuccessfulU through themyAU portal . Once in AsuccessfulU, please select the Careers tile which will take you to our internal career page.

Contact Us

For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email .

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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