Assistant Director, Homewood Career and Life Design

Maryland, United States
13 May 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

General Summary:

The Career Center serves approximately 5,000 full-time undergraduate students, 1,500 full-time graduate students, and recent alumni in the Whiting School of Engineering and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The mission of the career center at Johns Hopkins University is to:

  • Provide all students and alumni the experiences, knowledge, skills and tools to make smart career decisions and to package and prepare themselves for their pursuits.
  • Close the gap between what employers seek in graduates and what students/alumni come equipped with.
  • Orchestrate university-wide connections to build the best possible career ready network.
  • Build enduring career readiness capabilities those that last beyond first destinations.

Under the leadership of the Director of Student Career Development, the Program Associate is a mission critical role as the career center makes its shift to a model of career preparedness in which all Johns Hopkins students integrate their career preparation into their collegiate experience with the same pursuit of excellence distinguishing themselves as the talent of choice.

The Career Center implemented an industry-focused community model, the Career Academy, to build community and encourage integration of career readiness into the entire student experience. The model will educate students on the core competencies necessary to be career ready for those The model will educate students on the core competencies necessary to be career ready for those employers that fit their values and interests. Students will also be able to translate their knowledge and skills learned inside and outside the classroom into job-ready skills and behaviors that employer’s value. The integrity of the model will be ensured through the involvement and feedback of faculty, alumni, and industry. The Program Associate will guide their Academy in every aspect and will be responsible for the growth of the students who engage with their Academy.

Key responsibilities for Program Associate, Strategic Career Development:

  • Collaborate with all staff to design, develop, implement, and evaluate the Career Center’s strategic plan, goals, and Academy model.
  • Create new or improve existing programs, services, and tools using a project management approach that support the Career Development Team’s main goal of “empowering students to be leaders of their own career development.”
  • Develop expertise in appropriate Academy, stay current on industry trends, and educate others on specific industry; stay up-to-date on career services theories and practices; follow the NACE Professional Competencies for College and University Career Services Practitioners.
  • Build and facilitate collaborative relationships with institutional partners (Faculty, Student Groups, Staff Leadership, Alumni Relations, Development, Parents Programs, etc.) to support development of Academy cohorts and communities, and to foster shared goals.
  • Facilitate and evaluate the progression of students through the phases and requirements of the EPIC (Explore, Present, Identify, Connect) model and the Careers 101 process by creating and/or improving processes, services, and tools informed by stakeholder input.
  • Coach students via group workshops, webinars, class presentations, and one-on-one coaching sessions on exploring their interests, presenting their brand appropriately, identifying the right opportunities, and connecting with a professional network that supports life-long career success.
  • Collaborate with all members of the Career Center team in support of all programs, services, and administrative systems development.

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in related field preferred.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional relevant experience required. Experience in student affairs, higher education management, career coaching, or project management preferred.
  • Experience with coaching undergraduate students in individual and group settings.
  • Experience with graduate, doctoral, post-doctoral, and alumni a plus.
  • Experience working with online career management platforms (e.g., Handshake, Symplicity, etc.).
  • Background and experience collecting and evaluating appropriate quantitative and qualitative data for program improvement.
  • Experience in the Consulting industry or working with consulting-focused students preferred.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Program/process design, development, and delivery.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Technology and social media savvy.
  • Relationship management and community building. ​​​​​

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon to Fri 8:30am - 5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001443-Career Center 
Personnel area: Homewood Student Affairs

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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