Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Williamsport, PA
Full Time
Entry Level
Lycoming College is hiring an Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development! This position is integral to sustaining the College’s strategic embedded career advising model. Through this model, career advising is conducted in close collaboration with faculty in order to incorporate students’ career exploration and professional development within the departmental curriculum. The Assistant Director works closely with faculty of the fine arts, humanities, pre-law, and education certification programs to help develop and support students’ to be competitive for internship and practicum placements, graduate/professional school applications, and job searches. Given Lycoming’s richly-diverse student body and the College’s commitment to fostering an inclusive campus environment, all members of the Office of Career and Professional Development utilize cultural competencies to help craft individually-tailored student guidance.  

This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible position which consists of nine full-time months beginning two weeks before the start of the fall semester and ending with Commencement. The remaining three months between mid-May and mid-August consist of approximately 10 hours per week,

Who We Are:
Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected residential liberal arts colleges. The College provides a high-quality liberal arts and sciences education including more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations. The College proudly celebrates and values the principle of inclusive excellence. Our community of scholar teachers collaborates with and mentors 1,100 active learners, including 37 percent international and domestic students of color, representing 39 states, territories, and countries. In accordance with the institution’s 2021 Strategic Plan, Lycoming College has committed to recruiting more faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups with the recognition that doing so advances institutional excellence. We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. Lycoming ranks 107th in US News National Liberal Arts College category and has been named by The Princeton Review as one of The 389 Best Colleges and Universities. Students partner with faculty in doing original research, thrive in a robust program of internships, study abroad in more than two dozen countries and compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports. Lycoming College’s strong endowment-per-student provides the foundation to support a first-rate undergraduate education. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. 

What will I do in this role?
  • Advise and support students on career pathway identification—including clarification of personal values, connections between academic and professional interests, and career exploration tools within a cultural competency and theoretical framework.
  • Work with faculty of assigned academic departments and programs to identify and support curricular points for embedding appropriate professional development assignments and activities.
  • Provide guidance to students on career skillset development, with emphasis on honing of resumes, personal statements, and cover letters; interview strategies; internship, job, and graduate school/professional school searching strategies; and personal branding.
  • Maintain individual student case notes via office software system.
  • Collaborate with career advising team members to provide Center for Enhanced Academic Experiences (CEAE) professional development workshops and career readiness programming throughout the academic calendar.
  • Support new student enrollment through participating in signature new student on-boarding experiences and individual meetings with prospective students.
  • Work collaboratively with career advising team members, faculty, campus offices, and alumni relations to maintain existing internship and research experiential learning partnerships and work with these partners to identify the specific talents and qualifications that would pair best with students pursuing internship placements.
  • Work collaboratively with career advising team members, faculty, campus offices, and alumni relations to identify external partnership gaps and work to expand experiential learning offerings and employment opportunities.
  • Work to support institutional strategic priorities as they relate to and are incorporated within the CEAE operations.
  • Support the College’s commitment to inclusive excellence by working toward successful outcomes for all students.

What are we looking for?

Education and Experience
  • Master’s degree preferred with educational pathway focus in an area that supports knowledge of some combination of student development, career counseling, the arts, humanities, and/or law.
  • A minimum of three years of work within a collaborative collegiate environment, including some experience with classroom teaching.

  Knowledge and Skill Set
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive work environment in support of all students
  • A passion for working within a liberal arts institutional setting
  • Working knowledge of career development and advising strategies
  • Ability to utilize theoretical concepts such as trait and factor, social learning, and/or behavioral/personality theories along with person-centered counseling concepts such as empathic understanding as applied to career exploration and advising
  • Ability to craft and teach interactive and effective career topic sessions
  • Experience with a student case management system preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment and demonstrated professionalism
  • Ability to be energetic, self-motivated, and independent while also able to collaborate well within a team setting
What We Offer!
Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes:
Health & Wellness Benefits:
  • Health insurance – Lycoming College offers a wide variety of health plan options available
  • Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Life & accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Cancer insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Wellness program
  • Employee assistance program
Retirement Benefits:
  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to 9% contributions from the College
Tuition Benefits:
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at Lycoming College
  • Free tuition for eligible dependents at over 600 colleges nationwide through Tuition Exchange, Inc.
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at the Pennsylvania College of Technology
Paid Leave Benefits:
  • Generous paid time off (PTO)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 14 holidays per year
  • Summer hours
Employee Perks:
  • 10% discount at the campus bookstore, excluding textbooks and snacks
  • Reduced rates for meal packages for on-campus dining facilities
  • Use of the campus recreations center and gym facilities for employees and household family members
  • Use of the campus Library
How do I Join the Warrior Team?
Apply directly online by submitting your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Within the cover letter, please include a description of your career advising philosophy in relation to liberal arts education and inclusive student support. Application review will begin immediately and will cease once the position has been filled. Post-offer motor vehicle record and criminal history background checks will be conducted.

Lycoming College Proudly Celebrates and Values Diversity!
We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and all who are interested in supporting and contributing to our mission. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.

 
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