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Assistant Director - Student Outreach
The Career Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

May 24,  2013

Job Description:


The Assistant Director is a full-time (100%) 12-month appointment in The Career Center, a unit of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 1867, the Illinois campus is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions. It is one of the top comprehensive research public universities in the nation. The successful candidate will be working on a campus with an academically talented and diverse student population, including 19 percent international students, 12 percent Asian American students, 5 percent African American students, and 6 percent Hispanic/Latino students from a total enrollment of over 42,000 students. It is a traditional residential campus with nearly 10,500 students living in campus housing. The Assistant Director provides leadership for Student Outreach and is a member of the Career and Pre-Professional Development team which provides services and activities designed to educate and empower students to actively plan their futures in a global society. The position specifically focuses on leading the Career Services Paraprofessional Program (peer-to-peer career services) and outreach to student organizations and venues. The position responds to student needs, facilitates appropriate and timely services in fluid and multiple delivery modes, and coordinates services/resources for students, campus partners, and professional staff related to career development. The Assistant Director contributes to the vision and strategic planning of The Career Center, serves as a team member for The Career Center, conducts individual career and pre-professional counseling, assesses learning and service outcomes, interprets assessment instruments, plans and presents programs and workshops, coordinates events and activities, utilizes career technologies, communicates electronically, develops print and virtual resources, and has direct contact with students on a daily basis in a variety of settings.

Job Requirements:


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Common to all Career Center Professionals

1. Counsel students one-on-one and in groups regarding career and pre-professional (health professions and graduate school) planning, academic choices, employment/internship search, and graduate or professional school admission/opportunities

2. Outreach to diverse student populations and multi-cultural constituencies

3. Assess services/ programs to determine student needs/learning outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement

4. Serve as a liaison to designated departments and offices

5. Prepare and deliver presentations for various campus audiences

6. Utilize virtual technologies and resources (i.e. web sites, on-line surveys, blogs, podcasts, etc.) in the delivery of service to students

7. Administer and interpret career assessments and pre-professional admission results with students

8. Develop and update career and pre-professional development (e.g. health professions, graduate school, career counseling) information (print/web/virtual, etc.)

9. Participate in professional development activities and associations

10. Serve on The Career Center, Student Affairs and/or campus committees, task forces, work groups, and advisory committees, and participate in staff development activities.

11. Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Assistant Director, Leadership team, or Associate Director Specific to this Position

  • Serve as a member of the career counseling, outreach, and information team

  • Assist with diversity initiatives involving career and professional development to meet the needs of underrepresented students at the University

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate Center’s Career Services Paraprofessional program; oversee coordination and promotion of outreach programs by Career Services Paraprofessionals

  • Organize The Career Center’s Career Services Paraprofessional program in its participation in campus career events, classroom presentations, student organization programs, as well as on-site and off-site resume reviewing services

  • Develop outreach efforts to registered student organizations and fraternities/sororities that inform and encourage usage of The Career Center’s services and programs 

  • Assist with diversity initiatives involving career and professional development to meet the needs of underrepresented students at the University

  • Coordinate services, programs, and career information for off-site locations such as the Undergraduate Library and Ikenberry Commons, as well as other popular student common areas

  • Co-coordinate representation of The Career Center at major campus events and programs in collaboration with the Marketing Coordinator


How To Apply:

To apply, please complete a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of names and contact information (address, phone number, email) of three professional references. For full consideration, all application materials must be received by June 3, 2013. Please contact Bernadette So at or call 217-333-7079 with questions. The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Master’s degree required. Preferred in counseling related field, educational administration/leadership, human resources, communication, or similar. 1-3 years of relevant professional experience required. Preferred in career advising/counseling (one-to-one and in groups), outreach to campus constituents/partners, and experiences related to career and student development needs of college students.

Other qualifications:

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience developing, administering and presenting career programs, seminars and workshops

  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse student population

  • Ability to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate programs/events and projects as well as handle multiple work priorities

  • Possess excellent customer service and public relations skills, and an ability to work effectively in a team environment

  • Effective collaboration and communication with students, faculty, administrators and external constituents

  • Experience with information technology including use of the Internet as an advising tool, and familiarity with various word-processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation programs is highly desirable 

  • Experience supervising undergraduate students as well as graduate level students

Salary Level: Commensurate with experience. Starting Date: July 1, 2013 or as soon as possible after closing date.

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