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Career Coordinator
University of Illinois, Department of Economics
Urbana-Champaign, IL

November 21, 2014

Job Description:

The Department of Economics seeks a Career Coordinator to serve as a key point of contact for the diverse population of the Undergraduate (B.A.), Masters of Science in Policy Economics (MSPE), and Doctoral (Ph.D.) students. This position will provide career planning development services and assist with career searches domestically and internationally. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and working with the Ph.D. and MSPE offices, the Career Coordinator provides support for programs and events developed and delivered by this position and the Department. The Career Coordinator will also provide leadership for employer outreach as well as Department and campus recruiting programs. This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position. Salary for the position will be competitive with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date. Position Overview and Key Responsibilities: • One-on-one and group advising for Economics students on career development, job search strategies, and graduate school preparation both domestically and internationally; Understanding each student’s career pursuits and assisting to develop and continually refine a job search strategy/marketing plan or application materials for graduate school; • Actively monitoring and tracking student progress against career goals; and guiding, assisting and holding students accountable in the achievement of those goals; • Creation and delivery of career workshops, seminars, and events, including career fairs and professional development activities; • Work on corporate engagement to identify potential career opportunities and create more prospects domestically and globally, working with other campus and college career professionals. Detailed Responsibilities: • Support student preparation for job search by critiquing student resumes, conducting mock interviews/critiques, or bringing in other career professionals to conduct services; • Develop effective educational programs and tools for domestic and international career searches; • Support the campus career fairs by attracting companies and preparing students to attend; • Create career fair and job exploration events specifically for economics students on campus; • Coordinate Internship program within the Department, working with the alumni office, corporate and government partners, and campus offices to create positions; • Research key industry trends and opportunities affecting hiring and provide information to students and staff; • Maintain updated records of meetings with students, students' career advancement activities and eventual employment activities; • Gather, track and ensure that students complete employment surveys and full-time employment data is captured, working with the Alumni office; • Instruct and coordinate a course on careers (currently ECON 198). Create, instruct and coordinate a course on internships; • Create promotional and information sheets, brochures, and fliers for all economics programs so students are aware of different employment trajectories and opportunities, maintaining websites, blogs, and other virtual and printed resources; • Support efforts of the Undergraduate Office, working collaboratively to create a positive experience for students; • Create an internship program for MSPE students and assist with job preparation; • Assist with Ph.D. job market duties and preparing graduate students for job opportunities; • Special projects as assigned by the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Directors of the Ph.D. and MSPE programs, or the Department Head.

Job Requirements:

Qualifications: Required • Master’s degree (preferably within the field of Career Services; College Student Development; Higher Education; Human Resources; Counseling; Business; or other related fields) • Two years of professional work experience in academic or career advising, recruiting, sales, or consulting; • In-depth understanding of the employment market and trends, as well as corporate hiring practices/process for students at all levels; Knowledge of domestic and international internship and career search processes and strategies; • Superior communication and presentation skills and the ability to foster positive relations with multiple, diverse constituencies; Strong customer focus (ability to listen attentively to students and recruiters and to understand and respond positively to their requests); • Excellent resume, interviewing, and job search skills; • Highly proficient with web-based resources, spreadsheet and presentation software required (MS Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel) and social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.); • Student-centered philosophy, ability to work with a diverse student population; • Ability to work well with multiple offices and multi-task to ensure student needs from all programs are met; strong organizational work skills, defining tasks, prioritizing assignments, and following through on all projects independently with attention to detail; • Ability to work under pressure, with the flexibility to respond to changing priorities and fluctuating workloads; willingness to work flexible hours as needed. Preferred: • Professional experience as a Career Counselor within a large public university; • Understanding of career trajectories for students in economics; • Knowledge of other cultures and global employment trends (especially within Asian countries); • Familiar with UIUC campus and resources, specifically campus career offices; • Understanding of CPT, OPT, and Student/Employment Visa process; • Use of Simplicity and other career search resources on and off campus; • Knowledge of various graduate school requirements and admissions.


How To Apply:

To ensure full consideration application materials must be received by November 25, 2014. All candidates must create a candidate profile through and upload your cover letter, resume, and the names/contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Tera Martin-Roy at 217-333-0120 or


Additional Information:

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (




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