Assistant Director of Career Development (Hybrid Opportunity)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Amherst
Department: Dean - Isenberg School
Pay Grade: 26
Categories: Academic Advising & Learning Resources, Professional Staff Union (PSU), Career Services

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

Reporting to the Associate Director of Career Development of the Chase Career Center, the Assistant Director performs career advising and placement duties with Isenberg School of Management students seeking professional-level internships and/or permanent placement career outcomes in a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations. 


Essential Functions

  • Develops effective advising programs and learning tools for focused career searches, deploying these programs in one-on-one and workshop/ small group settings. Maintains and distributes information regarding current employer placement opportunities. 
  • Researches key industry hiring trends and opportunities affecting business school students and provides information to students, and upon request, to faculty and administration.
  • Partners with targeted industry segments and professional organizations in planning and delivering career-related activities or programming. 
  • Supports student preparation for job search by reviewing student resumes, conducting practice interviews, and helping students learn to target potential employers by industry.
  • Facilitates individual career development skills including self-assessment, business correspondence, professional networking, business etiquette, interviewing, negotiations, and other professional skills. 
  • Counsels students to develop, refine and implement an appropriate and realistic job search strategy for different industry segments. 
  • Identifies targeted employers to market Isenberg as an institution of choice for college recruitment with the goal of increasing the number of employment and internship opportunities available for Isenberg students.
  • Utilizes interpersonal skills to source job/internship leads from social media, professional associations, alumni, and professional job boards. 
  • Participates in, supports, and occasionally delivers Chase Career Center programs, workshops, job search advising activities, and school-wide events upon request. 
  • 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. 
  • Works collaboratively with other campus stakeholders to fulfill the mission of Student Affairs and Campus Life. 


Other Functions

  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 
  • Participates in, supports, and occasionally delivers Chase Career Center programs, workshops, job search advising activities, and school-wide events upon request. 


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

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Business Administration, Counseling, or related field) and two (2) years’ professional related experience in a business discipline or previous experience in higher education services; OR Master’s degree in Business Administration, Counseling, or related field and one (1) year of professional related experience in a business discipline or previous experience in higher education services.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with students, representatives of business and government, faculty, alumni, and senior corporate executives, including evidence of a clear understanding of, and a commitment to cultural, social, economic, and ethnic diversity. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to independently prioritize work and handle multiple tasks. Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records. 
  • Ability to participate in team projects as assigned. 
  • Computer literacy, proficiency with contemporary software programs. 
  • Ability and willingness to attend meetings both on and off campus; with, or without groups of students. 
  • Ability and willingness to work some nights and weekends and to travel locally on an infrequent basis. 


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

  • Demonstrated understanding of market trends and the ability to develop tactics to expand employment opportunities for Isenberg students. 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment. 


Work Schedule

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am -5:00pm, with some nights and weekends.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.


Salary Information

Level 26 


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume and cover letter. References will be checked at the finalist stage. Please be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis until the position is filled. Early submissions are encouraged.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination 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 UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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