Amherst College invites applications for the Program Director, Careers in Government and Nonprofit position. The Program Director, Careers in Government and Nonprofit is a full-time, year-round position, job group, and level PT-5. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.
The Program Director will launch and manage Amherst College’s government and nonprofit career community, designing programming and working with a diverse group of alumni, employers, and colleagues to increase internship, job, and experiential learning opportunities available to students. The incumbent will provide career education and job search coaching to a diverse group of liberal arts students interested in pursuing careers in a wide range of fields including (but not limited to) local and federal government, politics, social work, community organizing, advocacy, nonprofit management, human services, international relations, and international development. An additional responsibility in this position is providing career planning support for international students.
Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
In conjunction with faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and employers, develop comprehensive programming, resources, and partnerships for students interested in pursuing careers in government and nonprofit
Build networking opportunities in collaboration with the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs
Develop and deliver career programs and special events, particularly experiential learning opportunities such as career treks and interterm programs
Provide leadership and long-range vision for the government and nonprofit career community
Conduct research on industry and hiring trends, and forecast shifting opportunities or areas of focus for the program based on the external environment
Build program awareness among all constituents, particularly among first- and second-year students and among faculty at the College
Maintain a program budget
Create program materials and promote the community to incoming students and parents
Hire, supervise, train, and evaluate a student intern
Provide targeted advising sessions and programs to help students explore, prepare for, and begin careers in government and nonprofit fields
Effectively advise and support a diverse student body, and proactively contribute to an office culture that attracts and supports students who hold historically marginalized identities
Conduct practice interviews, create relevant web and print resources and review application materials
Highlight and promote internship, research, and full-time opportunities
Facilitate student involvement in professional organizations to enable exploration, networking, skill-development, and interview preparation
Assist students in building relevant interpersonal, organizational, and technical skills
Assist students in preparing to apply to graduate schools
External and Employer Relations
Build relationships with graduate programs and employers/organizations through research, outreach and ongoing relationship management
Contribute to College efforts to build strong relationships with its diverse network of alumni, faculty, and other partners connected to the government and nonprofit sectors
Partner with alumni and local and national employers to develop internships and full-time opportunities for students
Regularly host evening employer/graduate school information sessions
International Student Support
Provide advising sessions and programs around career planning to support our international student population
Serve as the Loeb Center’s liaison to the Center for International Student Engagement
**Potential for relocation stipend**
At least three years of experience in the government and/or nonprofit field.
Three years of career services, recruitment, project management, event management, or other relevant experience.
Demonstrated capacity and motivation to work effectively with a diverse student body.
Understanding of government and nonprofit employment trends.
Strong organizational, customer service, and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community.
Ability to travel periodically to engage with employer partners, alumni, and parents.
Work outside normal business hours including evenings and weekends, as needed.
Proficient in MS Office, and G Suite as well as remote work tools such as Zoom.
Five years of related experience
About Amherst College
Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!