Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts

Posted in Other 4 days ago.

Job Description:

Job no: 509793

Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department: CNS Advising Center

Union: PSU

Categories: Academic Advising & Learning Resources, College of Natural Sciences

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

The Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Center will work under the general direction of the Director of Career & Professional Development Center in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), to plan and organize career development and experiential learning activities for CNS undergraduates and recent alumni in cooperation with department heads and faculty. Tailored to the needs of departments, these activities may include individual counseling, career education programs, classes, workshops, career fairs, alumni mentoring and shadowing, and career research. This position will work to provide a comprehensive student development program which serves all majors.

About CNS: CNS is the largest academic unit on the UMass Amherst campus, includes 13 departments and two schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus.

Essential Functions

  • Counsels and advises individual students and recent alumni; evaluates level of career preparedness using assessment techniques; advises students about career options related to their interests and qualifications, provides guidance on jobs/internships and other experiential learning search techniques including use of social media and relevant technology; identifies factors inhibiting career decision-making and makes appropriate referrals.

  • Utilizes assessment strategies in program management and advising. Initiates, designs and implements strategies which maximize student participation in career development activities prior to graduation- may include outreach and engagement strategies, courses and workshops, career fairs, presentations involving alumni and employers, and mentoring and shadowing events. Enlists faculty in supporting the career development of their majors; advises colleagues regarding employment and occupational trends and their implications for CNS graduates.

  • Identifies access and barrier issues limiting the participation and success of students from underrepresented backgrounds in pursuing career advising and collaborates to design and implement steps to advance participation and career success of all students.

  • Participates in regularly scheduled unit and college meetings; participates in ongoing professional development.

  • Collaborates with Central Career Services and other UMass careers centers regarding campus fairs and initiatives.

  • Participates in establishing unit goals and objectives based on the needs of departments, students, recent alumni and employers.

  • Contributes to the collection and assessment of First Destination Survey data.

  • Contributes to the career newsletters and platforms for communication with students.

  • Works within Handshake (and other career platforms) to approve jobs, employers, and to post career events.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.

  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

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

  • Bachelor's degree with three (3) years of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.

  • Current knowledge of job market, occupational outcomes of a variety of disciplines, and knowledge of career guidance and job search tools (e.g., LinkedIn, Handshake).

  • Excellent verbal, counseling, and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills incorporating current technology.

  • Experience with career management systems (e.g., LinkedIn, Handshake).

  • Experience in guiding and teaching the writing of resumes and cover letters, interview preparation and job search strategies.

  • Experience with marketing programs and presentation and graphic design tools (e.g., Canva, PowerPoint).

  • Experience with assessment methodologies and data analysis.

  • Excellent time management skills.

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

  • Master's degree with one (1) years of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.

Work Schedule

  • Required to work some nights and weekends.

Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Schedule

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a cover letter, resume, Statement of Diversity (see below), and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

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 20 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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