The Assistant Director, Career Counseling provides direct career counseling support and programming, prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the planning and execution of these responsibilities. In addition to providing individualized career counseling, the Assistant Director plans and implements campus outreach and collaborative initiatives with campus colleagues (including faculty, staff, and student groups) to support career and professional development. The ideal candidate is an excellent listener skilled at meeting students where they are, assessing their needs and moving them forward in the career development process. They are equally adept at counseling an unfocused student lacking direction as they would be guiding someone laser focused on a specific industry.
Career Counseling Team
Career Counselors at Brown approach their work with extreme kindness, patience, and compassion, recognizing that the career development process for many undergraduates is complicated and stressful. Counselors treat all students as individuals, while also incorporating an awareness and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues into their work.
Center for Career Exploration Overview
Brown’s Center for Career Exploration works in collaboration with departments across campus to connect students with Brown’s rich array of career resources. We are a highly creative and dedicated team committed to helping students build confidence, explore career possibilities, and develop impactful connections. We leverage our relationships within and beyond the Brown community to facilitate meaningful experiences, mentoring connections and partnerships that position students for purposeful work throughout their professional lives. We strive to be a welcoming center that approaches conversations with empathy and respect for each person’s individual goals. We prioritize individuality, equity, accessibility and inclusion in all of our work.
- Individualized Career Counseling for Undergraduate Students
- Program/Workshop/Resource Development
- Campus Outreach
- Support for Assigned Center and College Initiatives
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Advanced degree in counseling or a related field is preferred.
- Experience counseling students in a higher education environment; ability to counsel to diverse student styles and needs.
- Basic understanding of the job search process with the ability to communicate it clearly to students.
- Some experience with self-assessment tools such as the Strong Interest Inventory, MBTI, Clifton Strengths Finder, or other is preferred.
- Ability to collaboratively develop and present effective career programming and student-centered outreach initiatives.
- Strong attention to detail; communication and public speaking skills that engage and energize students.
- Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment. Demonstrated ability to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in executing job responsibilities.
- Understanding of the unique challenges that many historically underrepresented students, students of color, first-generation and low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, and international students will face during the career planning and exploration process.
- Advanced understanding of and ability to articulate and advance Brown’s educational philosophy, culture, curriculum, and approach to advising; interest in and ability to engage, collaborate with, educate, and support students in translating their Brown experience into lives of meaning and purpose; and ability to collaborate with faculty on integrating work with curricular goals.
- Collaborative work style; strong team player; open-mindedness, inclusiveness and flexibility; ability to work and build collaborations with diverse communities.
- Comfort using data and assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of career support for students and student career outcomes.
- Willingness to take on challenges and display a growth mindset even if a candidate does not yet meet every qualification on this list.
Criminal and education background check satisfactory to Brown University.
Please include a cover letter in the attachments section when submitting an application.
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Assistant Director, Career Counseling
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