Reporting to the Interim Senior Director of Student Academic Services, the Career Services Specialist is responsible for providing direct student services to Sonoma State University students. Under general direction, the Specialist will work as a team member in an integrated student services model that advises students on academic, career & transitional issues and develops coordinates and implements specific programs, events, and workshops to address student career development and employments needs. The Career Services Specialist works as a member of the career and advising team. The incumbent will coordinate and maintain job search technology, including employer databases, coordinate job fairs, and oversee the Job Location and Development (JLD) program. He/she will also inform students of experiential education opportunities and facilitate students in the transition out of the University through services that provide resume assistance, interviewing techniques/ feedback, and job search strategies. The incumbent will plan and deliver appropriate career events during the academic year and summer, including Summer Bridge, Summer Orientation and Transfer Orientation, and participate in other division-wide activities.
Career Center Coordination:
1. Provide oversight with selection, hiring, and training of student workers for the Job Location development Team (JLD) in all marketing and employer development activities. Work closely with JLD team on policy/procedure/goal-setting. Coordinate and oversee JLD workshops, presentations, and Career Center visits. Lead weekly meetings with JLD staff to assist with the design of marketing efforts for all yield events
2. Manage Symplicity/ Seawolf Jobs to enhance the electronic career management system for our students. Attend webinars with Symplicity and manage backend of software to ensure best practice and functionality of subscription. Work with JLD on Seawolf Job management, job postings, and use of Seawolf Jobs as recruitment for Career Fair.
3. Manage employer issues, and support employer relations with outreach, workshops, tabling and other recruitment events
4. Coordinate and assist in the implementation of the annual Career Fair
5. Provide oversight for the Career Services social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter)
1. Provide Career advising to individuals or small groups. Provide drop-in advising for Career Advising
2. Advise undeclared students through the utilization of career assessments, and other appropriate methods to guide them to major selection
3. Create and deliver presentations specifically designed to help students in their exploration of their major
4. Facilitate students’ transition out of the university through job search strategies including resume assistance, interviewing techniques, etc.
5. Assist in conducting workshops and presentations related to above areas and all career-related events
6. Participate during the Summer Orientation, Transfer Orientation, and Summer Bridge programs with other members of the career center team
Other secondary duties as assigned.
The majority of duties will be performed in an office work environment located on the Sonoma State University campus, requiring the ability to sit for extended periods of time. The incumbent must maintain regular and acceptable attendance at such levels as is determined by the Appropriate Administrator. As an exempt employee you have some flexibility in your schedule however must be available during the regular campus hours. The position may require occasional travel, by automobile or airplane, and overnight stay to travel off campus to trainings and meetings off campus.
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Equivalent of graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field. Equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master’s degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience. General knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends of the Student Services field in general. General knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of the Student Services field as well as general knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the program area to which assigned. Knowledge of current trends and the latest technology in the field of career advising and job development. Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior; general knowledge of individual counseling techniques; general knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned. Ability to analyze complex groups on complex student-related matters; ability to advise students individually and in proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature; ability to carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions; and ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals.Thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices in regards to working with diverse college students. Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned. Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters; ability to determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature; ability to interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action; ability to carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions; and ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals. Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple, competing tasks to meet project deadlines. Strong oral and written communication skills, including excellent customer service skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Innovative and open to novel ideas and approaches.Ability to be flexible in handling changes and challenges and ability to think clearly and stay focused under pressure; ability to work in a stressful environment where constructive feedback from others is encouraged. Willingness to develop positive interpersonal relationships with all staff and students within our physical environment. Must be committed to fostering and supporting multicultural competence for faculty, staff, students and administrators.