Reporting to the Associate Director of the Career Center, the Career Development Specialist is responsible for advancing and complementing Santa Clara University’s Integrated Strategic Vision and Plan by developing and implementing major programs, systems, and initiatives designed to teach students the life-long continuous process of personal and professional development and foster meaningful connections with industry and alumni. This professional serves as a direct liaison to undergraduate students, administrators, faculty, and staff and collaboratively cultivates relationships with companies, organizations, and alumni in business and entrepreneurship sectors. The Career Development Specialist provides career counseling and coaching to help students from all majors explore their passions and discover the intersection between their greatest gifts, talents, and the world’s needs. This role prepares students to make educated decisions as they discern and explore the ever-changing landscape of careers through innovation and strategic connections with the Santa Clara community, Silicon Valley, and beyond.
Campus and Industry Relationship Development and Management (35%) Fully engage the university network in support of student career development by developing new and deepening existing collaborative relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff within the Leavey School of Business and with other identified university partners. • Actively seek approaches to expand and meaningfully scale the Career Center’s reach across campus to include the advancement of major Career Center strategic priorities. • In collaboration with the Employer Connections team, develop and implement an annual strategic plan to facilitate industry engagement in order to increase experiential learning and employment opportunities for students. • Industry and interest area clusters of focus include but are not limited to entrepreneurship (all disciplines), business, start-ups, economics, finance, marketing + advertising, public relations, real estate, human resources, retail, information technology, consulting, project management, and accounting. • Spearhead and implement marketing and social media strategies to brand the Career Center to increase awareness of career development resources, programs, and opportunities for all students to engage in the personal and professional development process. • Develop, maintain, and share digital (and print) resources to relevant students and industry.
Major Program Implementation and Support (35%) • Develop and deliver a portfolio of major Career Center initiatives designed to help students explore their passions and discover the intersection between their greatest gifts, talents, and the world’s ever-changing needs. • Lead the process of establishing meaningful connections between students, industry, and alumni by creating and leading educational opportunities, networking events, industry panels, career fairs, boutique recruiting forums, industry treks, and other programming initiatives. • Lead the process of enhancing and expanding the Career Center’s Career Peer Advising Program by hiring, supervising and training a team of peer career advising students to serve as Career Center ambassadors. These students will serve in a direct-service capacity and will develop and activate peer to peer networks in order to reach and support students through circles and connections they trust. • Identify, implement, and manage technology programs and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for employers and students. • Serve as an active member of the Career Center team, participating in weekly meetings, representing the Center at appropriate campus and off-campus functions, training and supporting student peer advisors and interns, and providing support to all major Career Center initiatives. • Work collaboratively on the development and maintenance of career publications, data gathering, analysis and reporting, and marketing and technology initiatives.
Direct Service to Students (25%) • Leverage industry insights to provide individual and group career counseling and coaching, including administration and interpretation of career assessment inventories. • Connect students to resources, industry, alumni, and experiential learning opportunities. • Design and deliver educational sessions for students on career development and transition, job and internship search strategies, and local/national employment and labor market trends. • Develop, coordinate, and facilitate major programming for undergraduate students focused on vocation discernment such as an off-site retreat, a seminar course, or other program.
Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation (5%) • Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional, and national benchmarking with counselor peers and robust industry networks. • Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year. • Represent Santa Clara University’s Career Center through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations. • Present at a number of university functions representing the Career Center, including Family Weekend, New Student & Family Orientation, and other events as needed.
GENERALGUIDELINES 1. Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services. 2. Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices. 3. Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services. 4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools, planned training and performance initiatives. 5. Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow. 6. Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions. 7. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required. 8. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
Understanding and support of the Jesuit tradition of education and a commitment to the fundamental values of service to others, community, and diversity as well as a commitment to and demonstrated skills, knowledge, and awareness to serve the unique needs of the diverse campus community at Santa Clara University.
Demonstrated passion and experience in career development and employment, internships and experiential learning, career counseling and coaching, university recruiting, relationship development, program planning and execution, group facilitation and engagement, and consulting with and advising stakeholders.
Evidence of a working knowledge of industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace.
Knowledge of industry networks, trends in employment, economy, effective interventions, and technology.
Demonstrated passion for and experience in career development, industry networks, hiring trends, and technology
Enterprising, creative, and innovative; comfort with change and ambiguity in a fast-paced environment
Refined communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external key stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, industry, alumni, and parents)
Proven track-record of establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
Strong strategic planning and execution skills
Experience and comfort with technology, database management, social media, and digital communication
User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive
Demonstrated ability to use technology in the delivery, assessment, and measurement of programs and services.
Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to solve complex and time sensitive problems.
Ability to prioritize and be flexible.
Ability to maintain composure and a positive attitude during periods of high volume and intensity.
High level of professional discretion and integrity in handling confidential, sensitive information.
Commitment to understand and support Santa Clara University’s distinctive Jesuit tradition and educational vision and willingness to model institutional values of service to others, community, and diversity.