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Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development

Categories: Northeast Region 1


College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Open Until Filled, Review Begins 01/08/2018

Position Description

Under the general direction of the Director of Career and Professional Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, plans, organizes and delivers career and professional development activities for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduates and recent graduates in cooperation with dean(s), department heads, faculty and administrators. Tailored to the needs of the particular program or area, these activities may include individual counseling, career coaching, career and professional development education programs, alumni mentoring and shadowing events, career research and resource development, and guidance on major selection and preparation.



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Institution Information

UMass Amherst is one of the major public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts, the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Additional Information

Hiring Salary Range:   $41,900-$52,500.  Normal Starting Salary:  $41,900-$47,200.

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Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required in Education, Psychology, or other relevant field of study.  Three years of experience College-level career counseling, advising, placement, human resources, or field experience activities, required.
  • Current knowledge of the job market, occupational outcomes of a variety of disciplines, and knowledge of and ability to advise students using established career guidance and coaching methods and job search tools. Ability to perform evaluations, analyze circumstances, and offer advice using a holistic and balanced approach, required.
  • Ability to work individually on self-directed assignments, with minimum supervision, and collaboratively in groups.  Ability to prioritize, make sound and mature decisions, adjust to varying or changing situations and willingness and initiative to take on a variety of tasks, required.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Ability to collaborate and interact with faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the public in a friendly and professional manner. Sensitivity to diversity and the needs of nontraditional students. This includes establishing a rapport, maintaining harmonious working relationships, and dealing tactfully and professionally with others, required.
  • Extensive computer skills, proven ability to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel (including formulas), and Power Point, including creating presentations. Proven ability to use email, file sharing applications, and social media proficiently. Ability to use these tools, or others necessary, to prepare reports and to analyze and determine the applicability of data, draw conclusions, and make appropriate recommendations. A willingness and enthusiasm for learning new technologies is essential. Ability to create and maintain organized systems for data/record management; strong organizational and administrative skills required, required.
  • Experience with career management systems such as Handshake, Symplicity, etc., required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel is required, including taking student groups on workplace exposure trips; attending professional development conferences; and attending alumni events off campus, required.
  • Experience with assessment methodologies such as MBTI, StrengthsFinder, Strong Interest Inventory, etc., preferred.
  • Experience with, and appreciation for, liberal arts education and its applicability to a range of professional options and skill development, preferred
  • On occasions may need to work nights or weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher education, Psychology or other relevant field of study and two years of experience College-level career counseling, advising, placement, human resources, or field experience activities, preferred.