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Career Development Advisor

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of the Career Center, the Career Development Advisor provides guidance, direction and advice to Valparaiso University students and alumni on their career development and job searches. The Career Development Advisor is also responsible for assisting the Director and staff in the overall coordination and implementation of programs and services provided by the Career Center including programming, marketing and the development and management of resources. The ideal candidate can work well with students, faculty, staff, employers and alumni. 

·         Counsel and advise students on their career development, job, internship and graduate school searches, and critique students' written job search materials (resumes, cover letters and personal statements).

·         Design, create and conduct career-related presentations and workshops/seminars for undergraduate and graduate students of all colleges and majors.

·         Coordinate the development and marketing of existing programs and services that include, but are not limited to, the part-time jobs fair, graduate school fairs, Career Center EXPO, mock interviews, Family Weekend, and admissions days. This includes targeted e-mail and newsletter correspondence to students, employers and alumni.

·         Assist with the management and coordination of career development resources for students of all colleges and majors.

·         Supervise and oversee student staff members and career ambassador student leaders.

·         Collaborate and establish relationships with alumni, faculty, employers and a variety of offices on campus including, but not limited to academic departments, Alumni Relations, Admission and the Graduate School.

·         May also be involved in teaching a career development course. 

This is a full-time 12-month position 

To be considered for this position, please provide a:

·         Cover letter

·         Resume

·         List of 3 professional references 

Please address cover letter to:

Tom Cath - Director of Career Center
Harre Union
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana  46383 

Required Experience

Valparaiso University is seeking someone who cares about and understands students, who can help students individually and in groups with career decision-making and job-hunting skills, who can help students understand and market their education and experience, who is capable of managing and prioritizing multiple tasks and responsibilities, and who is committed to the mission of Valparaiso University. Candidates must have an understanding of and support the mission and values of Lutheran higher education.

·         Master's degree required, preferably in Higher Education, Counseling, College Student Personnel or a related field

·         Experience in advising/counseling

·         Experience in presenting workshops or public speaking

·         Experience working with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds 

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Additional preferred qualifications include:

·         Experience working as a para-professional/graduate assistant in career services or directly-related experience in counseling or career services for college students

·         Familiarity with assessment instruments (i.e. Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, StrengthsQuest, etc.)

·         Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office, word processing, database programs, social media and Internet research

·         Excellent project management skills

Job Location

Valparaiso, Indiana 

Employment at Valparaiso University will require a criminal background check.