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Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Job no: 502177
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Advising Center
Union: PSU
Categories: Administrative/Office Support

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Under the general direction of the Director of Career and Professional Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development plans, organizes and delivers career and professional development activities for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduates and recent graduates in cooperation with dean(s), department heads, faculty and administrators. Tailored to the needs of the particular program or area, these activities may include individual counseling, career coaching, career and professional development education programs, alumni mentoring and shadowing events, career research and resource development, and guidance on major selection and preparation. During the summer months, participates in academic advising for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences New Student Orientation (NSO).

Essential Functions

  • Counsels and advises individual students and recent graduates; evaluates level of career preparedness using assessment techniques; advises clients about career options related to their interests and qualifications, provides guidance on job/internship search techniques including use of social media, relevant technology, and the availability of internship and employment opportunities; identifies factors inhibiting career decision-making and makes appropriate referrals. Utilizes assessment strategies in program management and advising and is committed to supporting established student learning outcomes. Presents workshops and group advising to small and large groups.
  • Initiates, designs and implements strategies with the Director of Career and Professional Development, deans, department heads and faculty that maximize effectiveness of career and professional development activities prior to graduation, including class presentations, workshops, presentations involving alumni and employers, and mentoring and shadowing programs and events; enlists faculty support and involvement; advises deans, department heads, and academic advisors regarding employment and occupational trends and their implications for SBS graduates.
  • Collaborates on central Career Services fairs and events that pertain to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences student population.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled departmental and unit meetings. Participates in ongoing professional development and continuing education activities and presents to on and off-campus audiences, providing expertise. Participates in establishing departmental goals and objectives based upon needs of departments, students, recent alumni and employers.
  • Supports new student programs in SBS, including new student academic advising during summer New Student Orientation (NSO) for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. New student resources will focus on Exploratory Track students (students without a declared major). Participates in periodic training for NSO advising, including course selection; registration and degree audit functions; university, college and major requirements; university resources in support of new student adjustment and success; and documentation of academic advising sessions.

Other Functions

  • Performs related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.
  • Demonstrates capacity, skill and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Contributes toward creating a positive and respectful workplace defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Understands and contributes to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.
  • Uses access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or other relevant field of study with 3 years of college-level career counseling, advising, placement, human resources, or field experience activities.
  • Current knowledge of the job market, occupational outcomes of a variety of disciplines, and knowledge of and ability to advise students using established career guidance and coaching methods and job search tools. Ability to perform evaluations, analyze circumstances, and offer advice using a holistic and balanced approach.
  • Ability to work individually on self-directed assignments, with minimum supervision, and collaboratively in groups. Ability to prioritize, make sound and mature decisions, adjust to varying or changing situations and willingness and initiative to take on a variety of tasks.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the public in a friendly and professional manner. Sensitivity to diversity and the needs of nontraditional students. This includes establishing a rapport, maintaining harmonious working relationships, and dealing tactfully and professionally with others.
  • Extensive computer skills, proven ability to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (including formulas), and Power Point, including creating presentations. Proven ability to use email, file sharing applications, and social media proficiently. Ability to use these tools, or others necessary, to prepare reports and to analyze and determine the applicability of data, draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations. A willingness and enthusiasm for learning new technologies is essential. Ability to create and maintain organized systems for data/record management; strong organizational and administrative skills required.
  • Experience with career management systems such as Handshake, Symplicity, etc..
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including taking student groups on workplace exposure trips; attending professional development conferences; and attending alumni events off campus.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master's degree in Higher education, psychology or other relevant field of study with 2 years college-level career counseling, advising, placement, human resources, or field experience activities.
  • Experience with assessment methodologies such as MBTI, StrengthsFinder, Strong Interest Inventory, etc.
  • Experience with, and appreciation for, liberal arts education and its applicability to a range of professional options and skill development.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment activity.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Some nights and weekends required.

Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applicants will begin on August 26, 2019 and may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Aug 7 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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