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  • Assistant Director, Smith College (Northampton, MA)

    The Assistant Director of Advising, Science and Health Professions, will serve as an outreach coordinator, academic liaison, and career adviser for science and the health professions. Reporting to the Director of Health Professions Advising, the Assistant Director will drive efforts to engage students early in their college career in advising, workshops, and other avenues for career explorations. The Assistant Director will liaise with faculty from the Clark Science Center and partner with program to promote early engagement, particularly among historically underrepresented student populations. The Assistant Director will provide skilled individual and group advising for students and alums exploring careers in science and health professions, which will include career exploration, self-assessment, mock interviewing, and resume/cover letter/portfolio preparation.
    Additionally, the Assistant Director will be an integrated member of the Lazarus Center for Career Development advising team and will be expected to participate in collaborative advising and career education endeavors. Finally, the Assistant Director will be an essential member of the committee-letter writing team and will write a proportion of the committee letters. They should have strong descriptive writing skills and be able to summarize an applicant's achievements and abilities with clarity and discernment. In addition to the job functions above, the Assistant Director will take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

    Essential Functions

    Individual and Group Advising (60%)
    Offer individual and group advising to students interested in the sciences and health professions. Support career exploration in scientific and technical fields that are loosely connected to health professions, such as biotech. All advising supports students who are exploring, planning or applying and supports reflective self-assessment and career exploration as well as skill-development around mock interview preparation, application materials, and academic planning. A typical advising load will be 6+ advising sessions / day, with additional group and peer mentoring advising structures to support scaled outreach to students.

    Cross-campus Partnerships and Program Support (30%)
    Work with cross-campus partners to support equitable and early engagement in career exploration. This may include co-sponsored workshops and events, career treks to regional employers, participation in job fairs and networking events, affinity-based career advising, and more. Partnership with existing programs will serve as a foundation for this work. This work will align with the current professional pathways / career communities’ structure, and the adviser will serve as a career community specialist for science and health professions.

    Other functions

    Administrative and Program Support (10%)
    Administrative duties as assigned, including but not limited to: events scheduling and management, data tracking, analysis, and reporting; communications project management; cross-functional meetings with faculty and staff partners. All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment and to actively participate in DEI training and initiatives.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Work requires communication, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's or advanced degree program.

    Work requires three years of experience in undergraduate prehealth and/or career advising or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. The position requires experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and a demonstrated commitment to supporting an inclusive working and learning environment.

    Preferred Qualifications

    Competitive applicants will have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree and industry expertise in science, research, or health professions.

    Applicants should have at least three years of experience advising undergraduates in a career or academic capacity, including guiding students through complicated application processes and coaching students through expository writing skills needed for personal statements. Essential skills include a keen interest and ability to work with undergraduates, highly developed oral and written communication skills, and proven ability to work effectively as a member of a high-functioning team. Preferred skills include experience writing/editing committee letters, analyzing data using Excel and/or Qualtrics, presenting data using Tableau, and familiarity with CRM systems such as Workday, Salesforce, and Handshake.