Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Director of the Center for Career Development (CCD), the Associate Director of Student Engagement defines the strategy and leads efforts to engage students through counseling, advising and career communities. Provides supervision and leadership to the Student Engagement team, comprising three full-time exempt staff. Provides leadership for the CCD's industry advising model and career community initiative. Considers student needs, issues and trends to evaluate, modify, create, facilitate and assess programming initiatives, direct services and resources to best serve Holy Cross students. Provides career counseling and advising to students and recent alumni via individual advising and workshops.
Professional Staff Supervision:
Lead career counseling and advising team (three Assistant Directors)
Conduct bi-weekly 1:1 meetings with direct reports. Provide ongoing direction, development and support (day to day interactions with students, programs, project work, and industry-specific professional development).
Oversee programming and workshop facilitation schedule across the counseling team.
Define and implement strategy for student engagement with the CCD
Develop ways to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of student outreach and engagement
Identify, develop and implement strategies to engage unengaged students
Lead efforts to support and engage funded summer interns - create communication strategy to generate newsletters and emails regarding learning contracts, mid-point and final evaluations
Liaise with Ciocca Center, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and J.D. Power Center team
Serve as liaison to approximately four academic departments
Career Communities & Industry Advising:
Assess, evaluate, modify and implement the CCD Industry Advisor model.
Support industry advisor efforts to build candidate pools for internship and job opportunities
Support industry advisor efforts to cultivate relationships with alumni within assigned career communities to identify opportunities for student connection and engagement
Partner with Employer Partnerships Manager to conceive and execute on the student engagement strategy for the year (i.e. plan, drive and host employer-focused events within career communities across student engagement team)
Support career community leaders in developing programs, events and initiatives for target populations, industries and career communities including, but not limited to, alumni panels, employer site visits, industry nights and digital and asynchronous content.
Assist Industry Advisors to identify professional development opportunities and resources within their assigned industry area(s).
Industry advisor to students interested in the Advertising, Arts & Entertainment, Communications and Marketing fields
Lead the Arts, Communications and Media career community
Career Counseling and Advising:
Evaluate career development resources and liaise with external vendors
Serve as back-up to Assistant Directors in providing career counseling and advising to students:
Provide individual, comprehensive career counseling to students of all class years and young alumni, including Strong Interest Inventory interpretations.
Assist students and young alumni identify and integrate abilities, interests, experience and values with career choice and explore career options using online and print resources.
Teach internship/job search skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, researching employers and use of online tools in individual and group settings.
Critique resumes and cover letters.
Conduct mock interviews.
Serve on Center for Career Development Leadership Team:
Participate in department-wide short- and long-term strategic planning and administration.
Provide leadership for staff development and human resource strategy and plans.
Participate in Center for Career Development's assessment initiatives.
A Master's Degree in career counseling, student development, student affairs, or some related field preferred. Five (5) years' experience in College Career Services, Human Resources and/or Training & Development required.
The position will require an individual with excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to quickly & effectively build relationships with undergraduate students.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential
The position requires a strong understanding of the career development of liberal arts students, especially with respect to the role of experiential education within a Jesuit environment.
Past supervisory experience required.
Supervision-Ability to supervise, mentor and develop staff
Career Development - ability to deliver career advising and counseling to liberal arts students
Strong project management skills- ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects effectively with tight deadlines. Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Understands the importance, values and respects diversity, equity and inclusion as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and equitable environment.
Strong Teamwork & Team Facilitation- supports departmental efforts through collaborative measures and sharing knowledge with others. Experience managing a small team and working cross-functionally to achieve department goals.
Flexibility and Reliability
Excellent Written & Verbal Communication
Strong Interpersonal Skills
To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.