Job Opening Description

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Career and Academic Advisor

The Elliott School of International Affairs educates and trains the next generation of international leaders. The Office of Graduate Student Services, which includes Academic Advising, Career Development and International Education, is dedicated to providing students with streamlined service for the full spectrum of the student experience, from planning to gaining relevant experience and employment. GSS offers a dynamic working environment that is suitable for an employee who enjoys working with students, alumni, employers, and faculty and staff, and is solution-oriented and can set clear priorities while multitasking.

We are seeking a student-centered Career and Academic Advisor to coach graduate students in career development, and offer academic advising to assigned graduate programs. Offers strategic guidance based on the Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP), providing information and resources for graduate students and alumni. Empowers them to identify, pursue and achieve their goals through supportive individual career coaching and group processes; creates and manages the development and delivery of skill-building programs (face-to-face and online) including orientation, professional development workshops and job search seminars; develops learning outcomes and assessment initiatives for professional development programs and services in consultation with the director. While student caseload may vary, primary focus is on career exploration at a foundational level.

This position advises and counsels students and alumni on career opportunities, review resumes and provide interviews and search best practices. This position uses coaching techniques and conducts mock interviews (behavioral and technical). This position interfaces with students, alumni, employers, and other stakeholders to facilitate their involvement with employer relations programs and services, and develops and implements individual recruiting strategies to support the unique needs of each employer, working diligently to deepen relationships to enhance their engagement with the university. The position typically leads ongoing reporting and assessment of employer programs and services.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provides specialized career coaching and academic advising to Elliott School graduate students and graduate alumni, including assessment of student/alumni needs and interests, resume review, interview skills, networking techniques, and proactive job/internship search opportunities in the international affairs arena
  • Monitors graduate student progress by conducting individual meetings and ongoing email/phone communication to review program requirements and opportunities; audits degree requirements
  • Provides leadership and direction in the design, delivery and management of professional development programs, seminars and sessions (online and in person)
  • Reviews and approves student Handshake submissions, including resumes and cover letters; Comprehensive Action Plans
  • Helps to revise and/or develop online resources, general career resource guides, and information for GSS website. Utilizes Handshake and maintains notes corresponding to student career and academic advising
  • Assists with the collection and reporting of statistics and data on an ongoing basis and for various annual reports. In consultation with the director, crafts learning objectives and assesses office professional development programs and services
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Human Resources, Organizational Development, International Affairs, Education, or related field highly desirable but not required.
  • Coaching and / or advising experience, independently, in a firm or practice, an academic office, or a corporate human resources department.
  • International experience with a thorough understanding of the International Affairs culture and marketplace and commitment to the goals and responsibilities of a graduate student career center strongly desired.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communication, training abilities, and public speaking. Exceptional administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to design, plan, and deliver programs, workshops, seminars both in person and online.
  • Coaching competencies such as knowledge of counseling and/or workforce development theory, active listening techniques and supporting students as they move toward obtaining goals; skilled in assisting individuals in identifying influencing factors in career decision making, current knowledge of employment and career planning resources.
  • High comfort level and proficiency in MS Office, including Excel and PowerPoint along with demonstrated experience working with Prezi, CSM databases, e-learning platforms and social media such as Linked In and integrating technology into career planning.
  • Experience in program and outcome assessment and evaluation strategies, analyzing data from a wide variety of sources to support the development of programmatic goals.
  • Self-starter, with a high level of initiative and professionalism, strong teamwork orientation. Fosters collaboration to cultivate relationships, possesses a service-oriented attitude, must meet deadlines and be able to work independently without excessive supervision.
  • Successful experience in dealing with a diverse graduate population at all levels of career transition, including international student populations. Knowledge of various visa statuses including the F-1 and/or H-1B visa requirements.

Learn more and apply at https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/70283.