Career Advisor, Graduate Students

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Academic Advising, Events, Career Development

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

The University of Denver is building an advancement enterprise that mirrors the excellence of our great institution. Advancement efforts at DU have a tremendous impact through our relationships with DU's remarkable students, dedicated donors, inspiring alumni, engaged families, and wonderful friends. DU is committed to building and fostering a culture of deep engagement and philanthropy in support of our institution as we implement the DU IMPACT 2025 vision. The University of Denver and DU Advancement deeply value inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents. You can learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver by visiting the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. As a part of that effort, we are continuing to grow a team of inclusive, collaborative, inquisitive, innovative, ethical, and transparent advancement professionals who possess deep mutual respect for one another and for our shared profession.

As part of the IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, the University of Denver is actively building a contemporary career development model that prepares students for careers and lives of purpose. Through a rich ecosystem of career engagement and support that includes employers, alumni, faculty, staff and parents, we are engaging more students than ever in career development to launch them into successful paths upon graduation while also cultivating gratitude and affinity for the DU community that continues after graduation. Career & Professional Development is uniquely aligned within the Advancement Division to intentionally leverage the global DU network of advocates including alumni, parents and friends for career support and employment connections.

Career and Professional Development (CPD) is a part of the Global Networks team within DU's Advancement office. CPD is one of five offices on campus providing career development services to a diverse community of DU students and alumni. CPD serves all of the undergraduate programs, University College, multiple graduate programs, and alumni not served by the other career services offices on campus. We provide a full range of services including one-on-one career advising, workshops, programming/events, career fairs, on-campus recruiting, access to thousands of jobs, internships and alumni and employer connections. Career & Professional Development is a very fast-paced, busy office that connects with students, faculty, staff, a wide variety of departments and divisions across campus, employers, parents and the community.

Position Summary

The Career Advisor for Graduate Students reports directly to the Director Graduate Career & Professional Development and provides a comprehensive array of career services for graduate students from University College, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. This is accomplished in-person and virtually through individual appointments, class presentations, programming and events that demonstrate an understanding of the unique topics and concerns of graduate students. The Career Advisor for Graduate Students must demonstrate commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Functions

Career Advising, Programming & Events

  • Provide advising services for graduate students from diverse backgrounds attending these three colleges: University College, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.
  • Deliver 1:1 career advising for both in-person and virtual appointments including resume/CV/cover letter reviews, job search strategy assistance, informational interviews, networking guidance, career assessments, interview practice and coaching, and offer negotiation.
  • Develop and deliver programming and events that cater to the unique career needs of graduate students, specifically related to the industry and functional areas within the three colleges served.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Faculty in assigned colleges to develop opportunities for class presentations.
  • Become familiar with university resources for each of the colleges served. This includes working with the CPD Employer Connections team to identify potential employers for on-campus programs and events.
  • Track student interactions and engagements in the Pioneer Careers Online (PCO) system and ensure all video content is captioned and uploaded.
  • Partner with Alumni CPD to offer cross-promotional programming for students and alumni.

Virtual Student Engagement

  • Develop programming for virtual student engagement (e.g. videos, webinars, blogs) designed specifically for distance/hybrid learners that also reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students.
  • Partner with Employer Connections and Alumni Relations staff to identify employers and alumni to participate in virtual programs for students.
  • Stay abreast of best practices in virtual engagement and ensure that all tools and video content meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Additional Responsibilities & Campus Wide Programming

  • Build and deliver inclusive campus-wide programming and events (e.g. Job Clubs, presentations).
  • Develop marketing materials for liaison specific events that focuses on DU's diverse student population.
  • Conduct campus-wide as well as department specific trainings for new-student orientation as well as represent Career & Professional Development at relevant graduate student admissions programs and events.
  • Integrate the 4D Student Experience as outlined in DU IMPACT 2025 in to relevant programming.
  • Foster inclusive career practices by serving as a collaborative partner to all central and unit-based Advancement and Career & Professional Development functions and other campus colleagues.

University Citizenship

  • Serve as an active and collaborative partner to all central and unit-based advancement functions and other campus colleagues, to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices.
  • Model One DU thinking.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to understand and appreciate cultural differences that impact the student experience and effectively communicate across cultures.
  • Skilled in providing comprehensive career services for graduate students both individually and in groups.
  • Proficient in understanding the degrees and programs offered and practice a market-based approach in career planning and advising students.
  • Knowledge of local, national, and international job markets.
  • Knowledge of personal marketing and branding techniques.
  • Must have strong spelling and grammar skills to critique cover letters, resumes and CV's as well as marketing and communication materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education or work experience (Veterans with equivalent combination of military certification/education and experience may substitute for the degree qualification).
  • 2 years of experience in career advising and/or coaching.
  • Experience providing career presentations and developing career programs such as workshops and student/employer events for both traditional and non-traditional students and recent alumni.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Counseling, Higher Education, Student Affairs or related field.
  • Experience in a higher education, or similarly complex environment is strongly preferred.
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and/or Strong Interest Inventory Certification and experience using CliftonStrengths.
  • Experience assisting clients in using effective strategies for job search including resumes/CV's, cover letters, LinkedIn, interview preparation.
  • Experience in delivering career content and advising online.

Work Schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Some nights and weekends, as required

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 7.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $50,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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