This is one of several newly created full-time positions in The Aspire Center at Carthage College. The College recently received a $15 million gift to support the expansion of career development initiatives. The new career development program positions the center as a hub of activity that extends well beyond what you might expect at a traditional career center. The Aspire Program will provide all students with career advisors and mentors, as well as opportunities for students to build leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills. The Aspire Center is seeking Career Specialists with field expertise to advise students, collaborate with faculty/staff, and develop/maintain relationships with employers, alumni, and graduate/professional schools. Carthage’s location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its unique J-term and off-campus study program provides global access to expand students’ perspectives on the world. The Business and Technology Career Specialist will work particularly closely with faculty in business and technology-related majors and advisors in the Student Success Center. Common fields of interest for the Business and Technology Career Specialist to address include: actuarial science, accounting, business administration, computer science, consulting, finance, management, marketing, and sales. Each Career Specialist is expected to encourage employers to appreciate the value of a liberal arts education and to work collaboratively with colleagues to help students from all majors gain access to a wide range of career opportunities.
- Collaborate with on- and off-campus partners to provide career awareness-building and networking opportunities such as: site visits, mock interviews, and mentoring experiences. Work particularly closely with relevant student organizations and faculty.
- Cultivate relationships with students, alumni, faculty/staff, and employers to facilitate access to meaningful internships, shadowing, and other skill-building experiences starting in students’ first year on campus.
- Organize on-campus recruiting activities, including job postings, campus interviews and specialized recruiting events. Build candidate pools and prepare students for interviews.
- Advise students/alumni and facilitate communication between students and mentors on topics such as: exploring academic/career options, understanding intersection of culture and career, developing a professional presence, writing professional documents, and obtaining jobs/internships/admittance to graduate and professional school.
- Develop relevant web content, social media, and other communication materials to motivate students and other key stakeholders to engage in The Aspire Program.
- Track progress and outcomes of students and alumni to support a culture of continuous improvement and to show points of distinction for the College.
- Contribute to community education efforts to help parents, alumni and community members to understand and apply current best practices in career development
- Meet with prospective students to help them understand The Aspire Program at Carthage.
- Participate in on-going professional development activities.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
Interested candidates should submit a PDF file to the Resume Upload section of the application (available at www.carthage.edu/careers), including a cover letter and resume.
Any correspondence related to this search should be directed to AspireSearch@carthage.edu.
Materials can be addressed to: Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Development, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140.
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
- Must have an interest in working with students, employers, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with interests in a variety of industries/job functions.
- Attentive to details; must possess strong writing and editing skills; ability to use technology required for the role, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases.
- Experience collaborating effectively with others.
- Must be team oriented with strong interpersonal skills and ability to think creatively; entrepreneurial spirit and fast-learner.
- Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver’s license and willingness to travel (primarily in Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area).
Graduate/professional degree preferred; all areas of study are invited to apply. Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling is preferred.