The Career Development Advisor is an integral member of the Office of Career Services and provides career advising services in the areas of STEM for Vanguard University (VU) student populations (Traditional Undergraduate students; Professional Studies students; and Graduate Studies students) and alumni. This position will deliver individual and group career advising and classroom presentations for the purpose of assisting students in developing competencies to become more informed about career options, choice of academic major, and opportunities related to their personal and professional objectives The Career Development Advisor will develop a thorough understanding of career opportunities and industry trends related to STEM academic degree programs offered at VU. This position will develop a thorough understanding of the job market within STEM industries and will contribute to establishing and maintaining strategic employer partnerships. This position also assists with programs and events within the Office of Career Services, including seminars, workshops and events. The Career Development Advisor reports to the Director of Career Services.
Serve as VU’s primary career advisor to STEM students and alumni by providing appointments on the following topics: resume and cover letter development; job and internship searching; job interviewing; career exploration and direction; personality, skills, values assessment; selecting an academic major; salary negotiating, building a LinkedIn profile; graduate school preparation, and personal statement development.
Present in classes, seminars, and workshops on topics related to career preparation, and develop relevant curriculum, as necessary.
Stay abreast of relevant career preparation and graduate school resources; as well as career opportunities related to STEM academic degree programs.
Develop and implement online career preparation content for students.
Document all advising appointments in CRM.
Conduct survey evaluations to assess the effectiveness of appointments and presentations offered to students.
Assist with, and participate in, events and programs within the Office of Career Services, including: job fairs; mock interviews; networking events, career panels; etc.
Assist with developing strategies for increasing student use of the Office of Career Services.
Coordinate resources in support of STEM curricular and co-curricular career preparation. This includes curation and/or creation of articles, curriculum, or industry speakers to be accessible by faculty and students within the university.
Cultivate and maintain partnerships between VU and STEM employers, leading to experiential learning and full-time employment opportunities.
Generate ideas and assist with executing STEM employer/student engagements events (e.g. Career Treks, Panels and Expos)
Partner with and advise STEM faculty and staff on methods to enhance the quality of STEM experiential learning/career development and expand department participation.
Participate in Office of University Advancement and University events as needed.
Other duties assigned by the Director of Career Services.
Requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2 – 4 years’ of professional experience in STEM industry.
Experience developing and executing educational, career-related or training programs, events and initiatives.
Demonstrated competence in career planning, networking, and an ability to teach in both formal and informal settings.
Familiarity with MBTI and MyPlan. Preferably experience with presenting and/or career advising on MyPlan Assessment
Experience building relationships with external partners and strong customer service skills.
Strong organizational skills with an ability to develop and utilize schedules, organize time, and provide leadership for comprehensive career preparation programming.
Ability to work and communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse student population.
Computer proficiency (intermediate level and up) in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and preferably Handshake.
Knowledge and acceptance of principles and philosophies of Vanguard University, its programs, and requirements.
Possess a growing Christian faith, and a desire to grow both personally and professionally.
Additional Salary Information: All those hired by Vanguard University for staff positions, including grant funded jobs, are at-will employees. Funding for this position is from a Title V HSI grant (Award # P031S200287) sponsored by the Department of Education. This is a 100% grant-funded position with an anticipated grant end date of 09/30/2025. Although the grant is expected to end on that date, sometimes additional funding can be obtained to extend a grant beyond the end date.
Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts studies equipping students for a Self-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and services. U.S. News & World Report for 2016 ranked Vanguard University #13 in Regional Colleges (West), #10 fro Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review also named Vanguard University a 2015 "Best in the West" College. Additionally, Vanguard is named in the Christian Colleges of Distinction and made the Forbes list of best universities. Vanguard University is Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).