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  • Career Counselor-PPH/STEM, Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

    VCU Career Services just posted the Career Counselor, Pre-Professional Health & STEM role (we're hiring 2!).
    This specific Career Counselor role will focus on Pre-Professional Health advising & Science, Technology, Environment, Math and Health-related careers and interests (STEM-H). Experience working with and/or advising on these industry areas, and working with students interested in these fields, is highly desirable. Career counseling and advising for this population includes (but is not limited to) working with students to define career plans related to graduate school, professional health programs, internships, shadowing, volunteering, part-time, and full-time jobs, and pre-requisite courses or academic admissions requirements for professional health programs. This position will report to the Senior Assistant Director, Health & STEM within VCU Career Services.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • In progress or complete Master’s degree with emphasis on counseling, student affairs, education, healthcare, science, technology, environment, math, or related field.
    • One year of experience in higher education, recruitment, or related field; relevant graduate assistantships and internships will be considered.
    • Ability to advise college students and/or young professionals on career-related topics.
    • Exceptional communication (written, oral, presentation) skills.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in designing and delivering presentations.
    • Ability and interest to teach undergraduate courses focused on career development and student success.
    • Ability to embrace change and to organize and effectively manage multiple priorities, programs, and projects.
    • Ability to collaborate cross-functionally in the office environment and to interface with employers, students, alumni, faculty, and university administrators.
    • Ability to use independent judgment and resourcefulness to identify options and develop solutions for unique or unprecedented situations.
    • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

    This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement with up to 40% weekly telework, but this standard could change in the future depending on Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success (SEMSS) Division priorities and campus policy.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • More than one year of experience in higher education, recruitment, or related field; relevant graduate assistantships and internships would be considered.
    • Experience advising college students and/or young professionals on career-related topics, ideally to populations interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare/STEM fields or working within healthcare and/or STEM fields.
    • Ability to use relevant database systems, (e.g. Handshake, Symplicity, Microsoft Excel)
    • Experience teaching undergraduate courses.
    • Willingness to contribute to outcomes assessment and evaluation strategies.
    • Project management experience.
    • Understanding and use of career development theories.
    • Awareness of trends within higher education, career services, student services, and the employment marketplace.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in using career assessment instruments (e.g., MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, CliftonStrengths/StrengthsQuest)
    • Experience working at VCU or a similar institution (public, urban, and research-focused, with a large number of first-generation, transfer, and non-residential students).