Serve as a primary career services contact for students in the College of Natural Sciences. Partner with university constituents, alumni, and prospective employers to provide career guidance and resources to a diverse community of more than 10,000 undergraduate students across twelve academic departments. Empower students to engage in early career exploration to create and implement meaningful career goals. Ensure that the values of Career Services and Undergraduate Education are incorporated into the advising process, including student-centeredness, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Individual and At-Scale Career Advising. Advise and assist students in their career search regarding their qualifications and transferable skills related to career opportunities, employment trends and salary information. Develop, select, and utilize effective career search materials using best practices for neurodiversity and learning style differences for students seeking career information. Collect and utilize occupational data and current labor market information. Manage the collection and dissemination of information about employers and employment opportunities to students. Explore, implement and evaluate effectiveness of career education materials and monitor data through Handshake Dashboard.
Collaborative Career Education. Work with other staff members in the undergraduate division to create and facilitate programs to make career services a part of conversations in the college, to include educating and training staff, faculty and student leaders in helping students to identify, articulate and translate curricular and co-curricular experiences into career readiness competencies. Plan and coordinate workshops and seminars for students, staff and faculty. Teach effectively and present to large groups.
Communications. Investigate best practices for a large, diverse student population, create, implement, and manage a communications plan for the office, including coordination of website, management of Handshake newsletters and messaging across all social media platforms. Implement strategies to increase reach, followers and click rates, and conduct ongoing evaluation to monitor progress.
External Relations. Represent the career services programs in on-campus and off-campus meetings and conferences. Establish and maintain effective external and internal communications with employers for employment opportunities. Advise employers on diversity and inclusive practices that increase recruiting and retention.
Internships. Participate in the ongoing development and facilitation of an internship course for students in the College of Natural Sciences. Develop curricula and teach virtually using best practices for neurodiversity and learning style differences. Provide administrative support for internship courses. Collaborate with career services staff, external stakeholders, and other College personnel in the continual development of new internship programs.
Project Management. Collaborate with colleagues on projects, career education and data analysis initiatives. Supervise student workers in any of these programs and initiatives and other program goals as needed. Possible projects include program evaluation and creation of Canvas online learning modules.
Other related functions as assigned.
Master's degree and four years of experience in a career services, health professions, natural sciences profession, or a related field at a large higher education institution with a diverse student population or equivalent experience. Exceptional resume writing, interviewing and job search skills. Demonstrated experience teaching or working with diverse populations, and working in a collaborative team environment. Accountability, project management abilities, interpersonal skills, professional demeanor and excellence in oral and written communication. Must be able to occasionally travel including overnight travel, work some weekends and evenings and participate in the setup and implementation of two large career fairs, which last for 12 hours, each year. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Demonstrated experience working with natural sciences majors in higher education career services or a relevant natural sciences profession. Strong data analysis skills. Experience with corporate recruiting, managing internship and experiential learning programs, and other career-oriented opportunities. Experience managing and mentoring student employees. Experience leading groups and workshops. Capable of researching and developing content, interactive exercises, and applying effective teaching methods for topics in professionalism and career search for credit-bearing courses.
Telecommuting is allowed.
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About University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences
The College of Natural Sciences is one of the largest colleges of science in the United States. We are home to 12 top-10 programs, 13,000 undergraduates and graduate students, and 700 faculty. We benefit from our location in the creative and smart city of Austin, Texas.