Assistant Director Career Advising

New Jersey, United States
29 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department   Center for Career Development
Category   Student Affairs and Services
Full-Time / Part-Time   Full-Time


The Center for Career Development is expanding its career advising team and seeking a professional to provide individual career advising for undergraduate students and to develop and facilitate group workshops for undergraduate students across a broad range of industry areas and career interests.  The individual will advise undergraduates based on a career advising philosophy that aligns with and leverages the core tenets of a liberal arts education and our Design Your Future model focused on self-exploration and life-long career management. This holistic model involves both one-on-one advising and an educational/curricular framework that helps students to define a personally meaningful vision and connects them in multi-dimensional ways to the resources, people, organizations, and opportunities that will help make their unique visions a reality.  Additionally, the assistant director will liaise with various colleagues across the university, with specific programmatic portfolio to evolve based on student needs.   This position will report to the Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement.

This is a 2 year term position. 


Undergraduate Student Career Advising 

  • Provide career advising for undergraduate students on a wide range of career development topics including choice of concentration, skills assessment, internships, experiential learning opportunities, post-graduation employment and graduate/professional school planning in both individual and group sessions
  • Provide individual advising with a focus on active visioning and brainstorming exercises to help students clarify their values, interests, skills, and strengths as well as shed light on the career paths that best align with their vision
  • Assist students with the development of action plans and follow-up strategy based on a series of progressive meetings and their evolving interests and goals
  • Advise students on how to develop and maintain a professional online presence, including how to create online profiles (LinkedIn and others) and online portfolios
  • Administer instruments and utilize a variety of assessment tools (e.g. CliftonStrengths, CareerExplorer, Strong Interest Inventory, etc.) to support student development
  • Maintain and update appointment schedules, student and employer records, and event management in the Handshake system
  • Dedicate additional time to relevant appointment preparation and follow up as appropriate

Undergraduate Student Career Programming 

  • Plan and facilitate a wide range of career programs and events
  • Serve as liaison to faculty, academic advisers, and administrators relevant to programmatic areas of focus to be determined
  • Plan programs and liaise with graduate school partners to plan on-campus information sessions in programmatic areas of focus to be determined
  • Develop and edit student career resources as new needs arise

Additional Responsibilities 

  • Use online office collaboration and communication tools (Slack, Trello, etc.)
  • Contribute to broader team data collection efforts
  • Support team wide events including career fairs, departmental programs, facilitating large group career exploration workshops, and colleague supported workshops and events
  • Attend and actively participate in relevant Career Advising and Center for Career Development team meetings and retreats
  • Contribute as needed to the creation and distribution of social media content across a variety of platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn



  • Master’s Degree required
  • Three or more years of experience in undergraduate career counseling/advising, program development, and instruction/training
  • Knowledge of best practices within career development and the ability to tailor, adapt and evolve such practices to a complex, fast-paced, and evolving organization
  • A passion for advising undergraduate students and working within a student-focused and student responsive environment
  • Demonstrated understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion within the workplace and in all interactions with all constituents and stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to deliver effective presentations to diverse audiences, and build internal and external relationships
  • Strong attention to detail and experience managing complex and nuanced programs
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to manage changing technologies, social media, and communications
  • Comfort with change, ambiguity, and risk in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to gather, interpret and report data
  • Strong Interest Inventory and CliftonStrengths experience and certifications preferred

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.