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Career Center, College of Natural Sciences


University of Massachusetts Amherst

Date Posted:

Mar 7 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

Job Summary The Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Center will work under the general direction of the Director of Career & Professional Development Center in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), to plan and organize career development and experiential learning activities for CNS undergraduates and recent alumni in cooperation with department heads and faculty. Tailored to the needs of departments, these activities may include individual counseling, career education programs/classes, career fairs, alumni mentoring and shadowing and career research. This position will work to provide a comprehensive student development program which serves all majors. About CNS: CNS is the largest academic unit on the UMass Amherst campus, includes 13 departments and two schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus.


Essential Functions Examples of duties:

  • Counsels and advises individual students and recent alumni; evaluates level of career preparedness using assessment techniques; advises students about career options related to their interests and qualifications, provides guidance on jobs/internships search techniques including use of social media and relevant technology and the availability of internship and employment opportunities; identifies factors inhibiting career decisions-making and makes appropriate referrals. Initiates, designs and implements strategies which maximize student participation in career development activities prior to graduation, and may include courses and workshops, career fairs, presentations involving alumni and employers, and mentoring and shadowing events.
  • Enlists faculty support and involvement; advises deans, department heads and academic advisors regarding employment and occupational trends and their implications for CNS graduates.
  • Collaborates with Central Career Services and other on campus careers centers regarding campus fairs, and initiatives. Participates in regularly scheduled unit and college meetings; participates in ongoing professional development.
  • Participates in establishing unit goals and objectives based on the needs of departments, students, recent alumni and employers. Understands, is committed to, and supports unit and University’s affirmative action and non- discriminatory regulations, policies and goals.
  • Utilizes assessment strategies in program management and advising and is committed to supporting established student learning outcomes.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences. 

Application Process

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Institution Information

About UMass Amherst UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region

Additional Information

Applications received by March 31, 2019 will have first priority. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

Contact Information

Janet Bordwin Director, Career & Professional Development Center College of Natural Sciences University of Massachusetts Amherst


Required Qualifications

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3 years of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.
  • Current knowledge of job market, occupational outcomes of a variety of disciplines, and knowledge of career guidance and job search tools, such as LinkedIn.
  • Excellent verbal, counseling, and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills incorporating current technology.
  • Experience with career management systems such as eRecruiting, NACElink, Handshake, as well as using JobBoards.
  • Experience in writing and teaching about resumes and cover letters, interview preparation and job search strategies.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Experience with assessment methodologies and data analysis.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree with 1 year of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.