The Senior Career Advisor manages the career development experience of advanced undergraduate students and alumni in the School of International Service, with a particular focus in the application of current knowledge of job market conditions, job market trends, job search methods, employer interaction, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, networking, self-assessment tools, and alumni relations.
The incumbent guides the development of resources and programming targeted specifically to the advanced undergraduate student and alumni populations. The incumbent ensures coordination between the AU Career Center and University-wide efforts to result in a cohesive, integrated experience for SIS undergraduate students as they progress through their college experience, and for program alumni after graduation. The incumbent works closely with undergraduate academic program leadership in the School of International Service to ensure integration of career development into the curriculum and co-curriculum.
In conjunction with the SIS Office of Career Development and the AU Career Center, the Senior Career Advisor develops and maintains an extensive network of alumni and relevant employers who are in a position to offer internships, jobs, scholarships, information, and networking opportunities to SIS undergraduate students. The incumbent works directly with special School of International Service undergraduate programs (e.g., welcome week; Global Scholars; Olson Scholars; Honors Program) to develop customized experiences for target populations.
Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
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5-7 years’ of progressive professional experience
Previous experience advising college and/or university students
Previous experience in an international organization or public affairs setting (local or federal government, Capitol Hill, government affairs, public policy, etc.) is highly sought
Up-to-date knowledge of international job opportunities in public, private and non-profit sectors is critical
Ability to function in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
Position requires strong communication skills, computer literacy, skill with Internet research tools and social media, and excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to interact with students, employers, faculty, alumni, and other SIS constituents
Experience interpreting the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory is desirable
A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.