Assistant Director & Health Sciences Career Coach - 12653BR

Assistant Director & Health Sciences Career Coach

University Career Center
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Assistant Director & Health Sciences Career Coach in the University Career Center will act as a institutional connector to align resources and services, educational programming, and information about experiential learning and employment opportunities for KU students interested in careers within the Health Sciences. This position will work specifically with students pursuing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Sciences at the KU Edwards Campus and with Pre-Health students at KU in general.

This position exercises a considerable amount of discretion and judgment in the provision of coordinated career services for the Health Sciences at the Edwards Campus and the Lawrence Campus. In addition, the incumbent will work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Kansas Medical Center Campus. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished collaborator who can demonstrate initiative, be proactive and use good judgement in energizing the campus community with delivering innovative programming and outreach plus other efforts that support KU health sciences students in through experiential learning and career development actives. This position reports to the Senior Associate Director of Career Education.

Departmental Description: The University Career Center recognizes the important role it plays in the recruitment, retention, and post-graduate success of the high-quality students attending The University of Kansas. Toward that end, we offer a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all stages of the career development and implementation continuum. The position will split time between the Lawrence and Overland Park campuses.

Job Description

50% Relationship and Program Management
  • Coordinate a suite of services, programs and resources to increase networking opportunities, career shadowing, internships, and other engaged learning experiences for students interested in the Health Sciences.
  • Strategically engage partners (faculty, staff, student leaders, alumni and employers) to ensure students interested in the Health Sciences are connected with experiential learning opportunities including career/job shadowing, internships, research, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • Develop strong partnerships with faculty, alumni, students and employers in order to align resources and information for KU students interested in pursuing careers in the Health Sciences
  • Curate specific information of interest to KU students interested in the Health Sciences.
  • Use data to make informed decisions; help collect data and tracking of participation.
35% Career Coaching
  • Coach students about the career planning and employment search implementation process through individual and group appointments.
  • Coach students regarding professional and graduate school application preparation and completion
  • Address questions and concerns related to pre-health career exploration and connecting students to the necessary milestones and resources for their pre-health career
  • Develop specific knowledge about the unique skills and abilities of students interested in career paths within the Health Sciences
  • Design and present career-related workshops and classroom presentations
  • Use discretion and independent judgment while working with confidential and sensitive student information during the coaching process.
  • Instruct and guide students on how to reflect on previous experiences, make career-related decisions, and help increase students’ career-related self-efficacy.
10% Supervision and Administration
  • Provide leadership and serve on cross-functional teams for assigned special projects that support the strategic planning process of the KU Career Communities
  • Supervise and mentor one to two graduate students in their development of career coaching skills.
5% Other
  • Other duties assigned by the Senior Associate Director, which may include course supervision.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree and one year of relevant experience.
  • One year of teaching, training, or group facilitation experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience, degree, and/or knowledge in the field of health sciences
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to forge new relationships
  • Able to work collaboratively with multiple and diverse constituents and campus stakeholders, including faculty, student organization leaders, staff, alumni and employers
  • Proven track record of being service-oriented and empathetic
  • Demonstrated skills in program development and administration
  • Experience that required utilizing independent judgment and tact
  • Creative thinker/planner, innovative and idea-rich
  • Understanding of career development process/theory
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office computer applications and comfortable with web-based software programs

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for applications is has been extended until, September 26th, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ellen Lind,

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University Career Center
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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