Assistant Director, Career Exploration

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 300100 - Career Center
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This position is under the supervision of the Associate Director of Career Services and Programs of the Career Center. The position provides counseling, coaching, and major/career exploration programs as it relates to the undecided student population and any other assigned student populations. Interpreting career assessments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Typefocus, will be a standard part of this role. Additional tasks include teaching a Career and Life Planning Course, coordinating Orientation involvement on behalf of the Career Center, and working collaboratively with campus-wide and academic departments to help students decide on an academic major. In addition, this role will supervise and train a Graduate Teaching Assistant and supervise the Career Ambassadors. As an Assistant Director, this role will serve on the administrative team at the Career Center, helping our office to collect data on services, to make office-wide decisions, and to communicate with Career Center staff members on updates and decisions. Duties and responsibilities may change as programs are added and/or enhanced or as needs dictate.

Salary Grade:  15

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide counseling and coaching to students regarding choosing/changing an academic
major and exploring careers
2. Interpret career assessments, such as the STRONG Interest Inventory and TypeFocus
3. Coordinate with academic and campus departments to plan, execute, and review
programming opportunities to reach undecided student population
4. Create content for and present on major and career exploration topics
5. Serve as primary contact for Orientation; plan and organize staff-wide participation in
Orientation sessions
6. Coordinate multiple sections each of credit-bearing Career Planning courses addressing
career decision making/major exploration and job search strategies
7. Supervise and train Career Center Career Ambassadors on providing document critiques
for students and providing campus outreach to connect students to services and resources at the Career Center
8. Supervise and train graduate teaching assistant to help with Career Planning course instruction
9. Serve as liaison to students in undecided/undeclared academic departments and organizations
10. Provide support during special events such as career fairs, networking events, and office-wide career development programming
11. Assist employers with on-campus recruiting efforts as necessary
12. Other Career Center related activities as assigned

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position may supervise exempt and/or non-exempt employees.
The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree
Focus: Counseling, Education, Psychology, or related field
Experience (yrs.) 3 years’ experience plus the education listed above

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree and 2 years work experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Have a strong interest and commitment to the educational development and career preparation of
college students
2. Can create and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, and campus partners to help students
make career and major decisions
3. Experience in using the Strong Interest Inventory and the Typefocus (based on the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator)
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills with effective public speaking skills
5. Proficient with technology to perform duties of the role
6. Ability to independently perform high quality work following well-defined policies and procedures
while simultaneously performing in a team environment
7. Ability to initiate and follow through to completion special projects and/or assignments taking an
idea from conception to implementation

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
2. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
3. No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter, current resume, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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