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Director of CNS Undergraduate Career and Professional Development Center

Categories: Northeast Region 1


College of Natural Sciences Advising Center


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Position Description

The Director of the Undergraduate Career and Professional Development Center will provide leadership and direction for a comprehensive program of career services and professional development initiatives for undergraduate students in the College of Natural Sciences.


•Initiate, design and implement a strategic vision and plan for CNS career development for undergraduate students. Develop and implement career and professional development related to workshops, events and lectures tailored to meet the needs of specific groups and population (transfer, diversity, first generation, etc), departments and classes within the college.

•Develop, design and deliver effective career related programs for students including resume writing, professional networking, job search strategies, career fair preparation and interviewing. Develop and deliver career preparation classes for sophomore/junior students.

•Collect data on internship opportunities secured by undergraduate students. Collect data on recent alumni regarding career placement after graduation.

•Counsel and advise students both individually and in group settings using assessment and reflection techniques, educate students about their interests, skills and professional preparedness, advise about career options related to their interests and qualifications, provide guidance on job/internship search techniques including use of social media and relevant technology and the availibility of internship and employment opportunities; identify factors inhibiting professionalism and career decisions-making and make appropriate referrals.

•Supervise the day-to-day activities of the Career Center including hiring, training and supervising of peer advisors or other staff. Report to colleagues regarding trends and activities, and participate in student success planning.

•Coordinate with academic advisors regarding internship, career and employment trends and their implications for CNS graduates. Partner with academic departments to identify areas of opportunity for internship development and potential programming specific to majors. Coordinate with University Career Services.

•Prepare materials and communicate to students, faculty, and parents about career and professional development services. Collaborate in the development of innovative web-based and print materials. Keeps abreast of industry developments and trends, including employer recruitment patterns, economic trends, and locations of jobs.

Application Process

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.The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statues, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Meghan Gerson


Required Qualifications

1.Master’s Degree in Higher Education, STEM fields; Student Affairs; Counseling plus five years higher education/career development/counseling is required.

2.Current knowledge of career and professional development for undergraduate students, required.

3.Excellent presentation, interpersonal, verbal/written communication skills, required.

4.Ability to develop and maintain relationships with students, faculty, staff and employers from a wide variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds, required.

5.Excellent computer skills with the ability to use quantitative and analytical methods; reporting tools; and to adopt new technlogical skills, required.

6.Experience with the use of social media and online tools as effective communication, marketing and learning strategies. Ability to instruct students in the importance of online presence for self-promotion, required.

7.Demonstrated success in developing innovative career development programming, services and resources, required.

8.Required to work some nights and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications

Two years of experience in STEM recruiting is preferred.