Career Advisor Senior

Position Overview

The Career Advisor Senior in the University Career Center (UCC) will act as a student connector to align resources and services, educational programming, and information about experiential learning and employment opportunities for KU students. This is a creative and dynamic position well suited for student-focused collaborators who are seeking a position that integrates direct student support and academic program connections that align to enhance student engagement and career success.

This position will provide support to an assigned Student Pathway: Business, Communication & Leadership; Creative Arts & Design; Education & Public Service; Health & Behavioral Sciences; Languages & Cultures; or STEM. The Student Pathways program is KU’s comprehensive service model that provides a continuity of academic and career advising services that meets students where they enter and sets them on a path of early engagement to ensure consistent career preparation throughout their academic journey.

Unit Overview:

The University Career Center is part of the Career and Experiential Learning team within Academic Success at KU along with Center for Undergraduate Research, Center for Service Learning, the Office of Fellowships, and the Office of Academic Programs & Experiential Learning. 

Academic Success Overview:

Academic Success advocates for and strategically advances education at the University of Kansas. We walk with students from orientation to graduation, providing them with high-quality, data-driven academic and career advising, targeted academic support systems and networks, and empowering and engaging experiential learning. We serve the university, coordinating with faculty, staff, and students throughout KU to further educational initiatives and strategic goals. Our units include University Academic Support Centers, Centers for Orientation and Academic Advising Programs, Career and Experiential Learning and Student Success Initiatives.

In a continuing effort to enrich the university and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

The University of Kansas offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 96 hours of sick leave earned per year, 9 paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a great retirement program, medical and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and state of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. The University of Kansas also offers employees educational opportunities and is a great place to work!

About Lawrence, KS

The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, a community of about 95,000. Only 35 miles west of Kansas City and 20 miles east of Topeka, you will never be far from barbecue, jazz, museum culture, and more. Lawrence has a lively downtown and a thriving arts and music scene, and its local government has enacted ordinances supporting equality for all members of its population. Lawrence locals covet the numerous sports and recreational opportunities, local shops, and a wide range of locally-owned restaurants.

Job Description

Career Advising – 60%
  • Advise students about the career development, planning and implementation process through individual and group appointments.
  • Document career advising sessions and provide accurate data for ongoing assessment initiatives using university approved systems and adhering to FERPA guidelines.
  • Develop and/or refine career advising materials to enhance student engagement and learning in advising sessions.
  • Create and deliver career workshops and programs based on student and campus partners’ needs and UCC strategic priorities.
  • Develop a strong understanding of the developmental needs and concerns of college students.
  • Stay up to date on career advising best practices and cultivate an understanding about the social cultural contextual conditions that influence career discovery, decision making and implementation processes.
  • Maintain knowledge of changes in the workplace and economic outlook as they impact students’ career choices, preparation, job search and employment.
Student Pathway Program Coordination – 20%
  • Design and coordinate a suite of services, programs, and resources to increase campus-wide networking and occupational exploration programs for students in assigned Student Pathways.
  • Work collaboratively with Jayhawk Academic Advising Student Pathway team members to support student engagement in the opportunities related to each pathway.
  • Foster strong partnerships with campus community, employers and alumni on projects that support the career development and planning needs for KU students in assigned Student Pathway.
  • Develop and disseminate specific knowledge about career paths which includes managing a newsletter and other relevant student engagement strategies.
University Career Services Unit Support – 15%
  • Manage assigned programs that support the central function of the University Career Center, such as coordinating workshops, student organization outreach, campus engagement programs such as mock interviews, tabling, etc.
  • Oversee assigned projects such as developing content for Canvas sites/website, assessment and record-keeping.
  • Supervise student staff which includes hiring, training, mentoring, and performance reviews.
  • Work alongside UCC operations staff to meet UCC strategic priorities.
  • Participate in relevant campus recruitment events and campus outreach efforts.
  • Actively contribute to UCC’s ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Other Duties – 5%
  • Understand and adhere to FERPA guidelines, KU policies and other institutional compliance expectations.
  • Attend relevant unit meetings.
  • Participate in department and campus meetings and trainings.
  • Participate in relevant professional development annually.
  • Other duties assigned by Academic Success Leadership.

Position Requirements

  1. This position initially works on-site. If desired, a hybrid arrangement, in which incumbent works on-site and remote based on a set schedule, is available after incumbent successfully completes the 6-month probationary period.
  2. Travel less than 25% for occasional required on-campus meetings with advance notice.
  3. Evening or weekend work required for student events or outreach efforts.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree PLUS three (3) years of relevant experience OR Master’s degree PLUS one (1) year of relevant experience.
  2. Three (3) years of experience coaching or advising individuals in career, academic, professional or other relevant goal-focused work
  3. One (1) year of teaching, training, public speaking or group facilitation experience.
  4. Excellent written communication skills as demonstrated by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience in career coaching, academic advising or related student facing service in a higher education setting.
  2. Experience working with diverse populations - employers, faculty/staff, student organization leaders.
  3. Experience with career development/planning process.
  4. Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite.
  5. Experience using student tracking systems - career services student tracking systems, student information systems, or CRM’s.
  6. Experience with student records and FERPA compliance.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Completion of the online application.
  4. A list of three (3) professional references. References will be contacted following interviews, and candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted.
  • Application review begins Friday, June 2, 2023 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Wendy Shoemaker

Advertised Salary Range

$45,000 - $51,000, Final Determination Commensurate With Experience

Work Schedule

8 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday with some evening or weekend work required for student events or outreach efforts.

Application Review Begins

Friday June 2, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Tuesday August 1, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25174BR
  • Department:  Career & Experiential Learning
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  02-Jun-2023

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