The UMBC Career Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, aims to empower all students and graduates to create their own success stories. We work with students at every academic level, from first-year students to graduate students. The Career Center is recognized as a valued partner across campus and among leadership with exemplary student and employer engagement along with strong first destination career outcomes of our graduates. Our services include virtual and in-person career advising and counseling, networking and recruitment events, career and professional skills education and applied learning opportunities (internships, co-ops and research).
We value diverse perspectives and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and identities.
The Assistant Director for Graduate Student Career Development assists in developing the overall departmental strategy for graduate student career engagement and program development. The Assistant Director specializes in providing career guidance and support to graduate students and alumni through individual appointments, group sessions and career-related workshops and programming.
Why Work at UMBC?
UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $59,000and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available.
Provide in-person and virtual career coaching/counseling to current graduate students and alumni
Research and maintain up-to-date knowledge and information about appropriate career fields for advanced degree holders
Administer and interpret career and education decision-making assessments including the MBTI and Focus 2 during one-on-one career coaching appointments
Assess, leverage and market emerging technologies to scale graduate student career coaching and professional development including the usage of Big Interview, the Career Center’s interview training module
Review, update and manage Career Center website resources focused on graduate students along with maintaining the major resources area of the website
Foster relationships and collaborations with various campus partners, including Graduate Program Directors to increase graduate student engagement efforts and leverage resources to promote their career skills development
Lead departmental efforts with the development of workshops and modules aimed to prepare masters and doctoral students to guide them through their career development and/or career transition process
Spearhead partnerships with faculty, staff, alumni and employers to develop, coordinate and promote career exposure activities (panels, speakers and networking events) across graduate programs including the Career Paths for Graduate Students event
Provide assistance with the Keys to Success practicum course for on campus student employment
Manage and oversee weekly career blogs and newsletter submissions
Support Center and Graduate School departmental strategies to enhance graduate students' employment outcomes by leading and assisting with programs/special projects, contributing to discussions and serving on committees
Collect and analyze data on graduate student engagement and first destination career outcomes of recent degree recipients with advanced degrees
Requires occasional evening and weekend hours for student/alumni appointments and events.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Master's Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Student Personnel, Human Resources or a related field
At least two years of experience providing career counseling, advising or coaching
Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present and/or facilitate informative and engaging career programs
Minimum of three years of experience working with graduate students from diverse backgrounds, including international students
Prior experience working in higher education
Proven ability to coordinate and facilitate virtual counseling appointments and career seminars
Excellent counseling and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in teams with a diverse group of internal and external contacts
Solid level of comfort presenting to both large and small groups, both in-person and online
Knowledge of social media, especially LinkedIn, as well as job market trends for advanced degree holders
Strong problem solving, communication, time management and multitasking abilities
Knowledge of a strength-based approach to career advising
Knowledge of career assessments, including MBTI certified
Solid computer/technical skills including knowledge of online career management systems such as Handshake, as well as video conference platforms (such as WebEx)
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a sense of belonging and address historic and systemic inequities for student success
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.