Assistant Director and Career Coach for the College of Arts and Sciences

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

ID: 7062126
Posted: November 4, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Position Summary Information
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Student Development, Student Personnel, Higher Education, Education, Counseling or related field.
Knowledge of career development theory and assessment.
2 or more years of experience in a college career office, counseling center, advising center, student services office, or equivalent experience providing direct services to students.
Strong technical proficiency and experience with career-related software, word processing, database, and desktop publishing applications
A demonstrated understanding of career development issues for college students and alumni, and an ability to provide career coaching on these issues in individual and group settings.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills for one-on-one and group interaction with various constituencies including students, faculty, parents, and administrators.
Classroom presentations are required of this position thus strong presentation skills are expected.
Demonstrated ability to develop and foster strong professional relationships with faculty, staff, and employers.
Strong organization, research, planning, and problem-solving skills.
Exceptional time management skills.
Analytical skills required to effectively assess program goals and student learning goals.
License/Certification Required
Preferred Qualifications
Marketing experience and/or the ability to develop and implement effective strategies for promoting and increasing student involvement in office programs and services.
NACE Career Coaching training or similar coaching training and/or certification.
Knowledge of Handshake
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Director and Career Coach for the College of Arts and Sciences include:

Provide career coaching, education and outreach to students, alumni, and faculty.
Provide career development and job search coaching to students and alumni in both individual and group settings.
Develop a general knowledge and understanding of the programs of study offered at Appalachian, and maintain familiarity with the education, training and career opportunities and expectations of those assigned degree programs.
Develop expertise in the offering of the College of Arts and Sciences and knowledge of employment opportunities related to those disciplines.
Create and maintain exceptional working relationships with chairs and faculty as a means to integrate career education into the academic curriculum. This will include workshops and presentations to classes, student clubs, and organizations, as well as faculty presentations and education.
Serve as liaison to student organizations and administrative units as determined by the director.
Communicate employment and internship opportunities to appropriate faculty, organizations, and students.
Facilitate the Peace Corps Prep Program and serve as program coordinator.
Work with the Employer Relations team to plan, coordinate and implement employer development activities including employer visitations, on-campus employer engagement opportunities, Career Treks, and on-campus recruiting, and the development of job and internship leads.
Research, evaluate & maintain online resources for a variety of career issues, academic majors and career fields.
Provide representation in various university committees and university-wide events to enhance awareness and visibility of the Career Development Center.
Learn, use and promote Handshake, the online career management system, among students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Provide consultation and organization assistance to departments in their development of major-specific career-related events.
Maintain ongoing professional development via involvement with relevant professional associations such as the Southeastern Association of Colleges & Employers (SoACE) and the North Carolina Association of Colleges & Employers (NCACE).
Collaborate on the development and enhancement of Career Development Center web sites and Handshake; integrate technology into daily operations, programs and presentations.
Actively engage in professional development to stay abreast of trends and research-based best practices both in the field of higher education, human resources management, and career services.
Teach career planning courses as needed.


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