Office of Student Affairs - Assistant Director for Career Advising
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 53829
Department: College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Assistant Director for Career Advising
The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University seeks an Assistant Director for Career Advising. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to ensuring access to excellent and innovation. It is committed to diversity and inclusion and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the Department:
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is responsible for enhancing and strengthening all aspects of the student experience in the College (pre-admission through graduation). The Office is the primary physical space to welcome current and prospective students and other visitors to the college, and provides guidance and support to students through recruitment, admissions, advising, assessment, and student engagement.
About the Position:
The Assistant Director for Career Advising in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) engages students in CHHS majors and minors in promoting their academic, professional and overall development from their orientation to graduation. The individual in this role will engage undergraduate and graduate students in planning for full-time jobs and internships in public health and other CHHS fields of study. The Assistant Director will also assist students with developing soft skills for career readiness, which may include developing resumes, networking, interview skills, and preparing for the job search. The Assistant Director for Career Advising will provide career guidance in individual and group settings, and develop resources to support career readiness, networking opportunities, and experiential learning programs.
Discuss and reinforce linkages between CHHS curriculum and skills relevant to future careers;
Develop and conduct workshops on topics related to public health and student success;
Develop partnerships and programs to support internship and job placements for CHHS students and alumni;
Develop career development series in collaboration with the CHHS Advisory Board and Alumni Board;
Develop and manage a peer and/or alumni mentoring program focused on professional development;
Collaborate with the Health industry advisor in University Career Services and Pre-Health Advisor to develop and promote programs such as career fairs, workshops, and information sessions;
Promote opportunities for competitive fellowships in partnership with the Office of Fellowships; and
Engage in ongoing training and professional development related to academic advising and student success at Mason (Mason Advising Certificate, Career Influencer Network, etc.).
Student Advising and Support
Assess students' academic and career goals, interests, and commitments outside of their studies at Mason;
Meet with students in one on one and group settings to provide career advice and guidance;
Support CHHS undeclared students in exploring major and career options, in collaboration with CHHS academic advisors;
Create programming and materials to support career readiness for specific populations of CHHS students including graduate students, first-generation students, underrepresented students, and international students; and
Expose students to a range of options after completing their degrees, including but not limited to graduate school, fellowships, paid internships, service programs, and research.
Maintain database of internship and job opportunities relevant to CHHS students;
Develop relationships with prospective employers to support programming and cultivate opportunities for students;
Assist CHHS faculty and staff in incorporating career topics into CHHS coursework and learning communities;
Review and share data related to post-graduate outcomes and labor market trends in collaboration with University Career Services, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, and the CHHS Data Analyst; and
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Accredited master's degree in higher education, student affairs, public health, social work, or other related field of study, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Demonstrated academic or career advising experience at the postsecondary level;
Demonstrated advanced oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with students, faculty, and staff;
Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
Demonstrated proficiencies in office IT software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook);
Experience developing and managing diversity outreach efforts;
Ability to use data to assess needs and inform plans for student engagement;
Knowledge of student information systems (e.g. Salesforce, Banner, Microstrategy); and
Ability to effectively collaborate across multiple internal departments and offices, as well as external community partners and employers.
General knowledge of best practices and trends in the areas of career counseling, academic advising, student success, retention, and degree completion;
Experience in career services in higher education, or other related experience in higher education;
Knowledge of career assessment, career and educational counseling and planning; and
Knowledge of public health careers and the local/regional public health community.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
We prepa...re Mason students for the demands of work, social responsibility, and life in an ever-changing global society. University Life's mission statement is core to our work. We support every student at Mason, from orientation through graduation.
George Mason: Patriotism Personified.
George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
We Are in Virginia. But We Serve the World.
Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
Enriching Work Environment.
We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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We are an open and welcoming community. We partner with public and private organizations in our region and around the world. We proactively engage with our community. We define our success by how many talented students with potential we serve, not how many we leave out.
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Our venues bring world-class performances to the community through vibrant concerts and events. Community members are invited to take part in many artistic and cultural offerings at Mason. Spaces are also available to rent for your next event.