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Career Success Counselor
Aurora University
Aurora, Illinois

November 3, 2017

Job Description

The Career Success Counselor supports learning by providing Aurora University students with opportunities to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their chosen careers. The Career Success Counselor serves as both a specialist and a generalist in the field of career development. The Career Success Counselor will work within Aurora University’s fields of study to promote career development opportunities for students studying in those fields. This will include internship development, faculty and advisor consultation, and direct support (e.g. resume review, cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, possible career paths related to specific majors, labor market and graduate school information, etc.) to students and alumni. The Career Success Counselor is responsible for portions of the Student Employment process including working with regular student workers, federal work study student workers and supervisors. The Career Success Counselor will also support the student career development through on-campus employment opportunities, including orientation and other training programs. Additionally, the Career Success Counselor is a liaison with community members and local businesses for part-time off-campus opportunities.


Core Competencies: Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.


Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.


Essential Job Functions: Promote career development opportunities for students based on academic/professional fields, including internship development, faculty and advisor consultation, and direct support (e.g. resume review, cover letter writing, interviewing strategies, labor market and graduate school information, etc.) to students and alumni. Oversee, in conjunction with respective academic departments, the academic internship process, which includes assisting students in their internship searches, working with faculty and Executive Directors to facilitate the completion of the internship application, coordinating with internship site supervisors as needed, and administering surveys to host employers. Teach students and alumni to develop professional job documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.) through individual appointments and classroom presentations, responding to outreach requests from the campus community. Provide expertise across academic/professional fields for the use of social media as a job search tool and in the workplace. Administer and interpret career-related assessments. Assist with initiating and maintaining recruiting relationships with employers for job and internship opportunities. Prepare and update “What Can I Do With A Major In…” sheets, along with additional informational documents, for the website and office use. Coordinate the administrative processes for all on-campus student workers, including handling new hire paperwork including the I-9 process and processing all hiring, new employee, and dismissal paperwork for on-campus student workers. Plan and coordinate special events relating to on- and off-campus student employment (i.e. National Student Employment Week). Actively participate in the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA) including CareerFest and Fall Interview Day.


Job Requirements 

Essential Job Requirements:  

Education: Bachelors required. Masters in Higher Education, Counseling, Psychology, or related field preferred.


Experience: Minimum two years’ experience in Career Development in a higher education environment or relatively similar environment required. Skills: Commitment to student career development and sensitivity to diverse populations. Ability to motivate and assist students in developing long-term goals and coordinate this effort with faculty, staff, alumni and employers. Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, and willingness to take initiative.


Physical Requirements: Ability to move about campus and other locations. Ability to interact verbally, via electronic media and by telephone.

How To Apply:

Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address. Apply to: Aurora University Human Resources 347 South Gladstone Ave Aurora, IL 60506 Fax: 630-844-5650 Email:


Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission included.


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