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Career Counselor

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services, Administrative/Clerical

Position Title Career Counselor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

Academic and Career Development Services (ACDS) is comprised of three units: Career Services Center, Academic Advising Center, and Tutoring Center.  Our organizational structure is designed to provide integrated services to support students in becoming confident, independent learners who consider and develop their academic plans within the context of their unique talents and aspirations and the opportunities and challenges that will await them when they complete their studies at Western.

Academic and Career Development Services supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. 

About the Position

As our Career Counselor, you will assist students and alumni in developing academic and career goals via career exploration, knowledge of WWU's educational programs and consideration of personal interests, skills and values.  You will help students understand the various ways they can leverage their experiences inside and outside of the classroom to prepare themselves to be competitive candidates for employment after graduation.  With a focus on STEM majors and a knowledge of job market conditions, you will assist individuals in developing effective internship and job search strategies.  You will make presentations to classes and student groups on career related topics and coordinate events such as info fairs and panel presentations designed to help students expand their career awareness and connect with opportunities.  You will also assist in providing academic advising and class registration assistance during new student orientation programs.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Providing counseling to assist individuals in:
    • Identifying potential majors and careers
    • Exploring career fields and job market conditions
    • Identifying ways to leverage their experiences in order to have a strong resume to present to employers
    • Developing effective strategies to identify internship and career employment opportunities
    • Master specific aspects of the internship/job search process such as networking, cover letter and resume writing, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Conducting strategic outreach and presentations to departments, classes and student clubs to provide discipline specific career information
  • Coordinating fairs and panels with academic departments and campus programs and assist in the promotion of these events
  • Creating and updating materials for presentations and use by Career Center visitors and helping keep specific content up-to-date on the website
  • Participation in Transitions and Summerstart summer orientation programs as well as all off-quarter orientation programs
Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree (completed by time of employment)
  • Minimum of two years of experience providing career counseling to clients/students
  • Exhibit knowledge of web-based career and job search resources
  • Demonstrated experience in using career assessment and job search tools with clients/students
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to make effective presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse populations
  • Apply strong organizational skills while managing multiple job responsibilities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of integrating academic advising and career development issues when assisting students in formulating academic and career plans
  • Display high degree of professionalism in interactions with clients/students and stakeholders
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Preferred Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in STEM or social science
  • Graduate degree in student affairs, counseling, or related field; or in a STEM field
  • Previous relevant work experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience with event coordination
  • Science, technology, or business recruiting experience
  • Experience working with international students
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins March 13, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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