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Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development (14643)

Date: Jan 13, 2023

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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About the Department/Unit

The mission of the Office of Career Engagement is to empower our students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and careers. Driven by our mission and values, we are committed to helping students build their confidence, networks, and skills to not only secure their post-graduation job but also to navigate their careers throughout their lifetime.


This position is responsible for leading career management coaching services to Kogod undergraduate & graduate students (residential and online) and alumni and engaging with specified employer groups. As a member of the Career and Professional Development team, this position works with an assigned group of students based on career pathways, manages pathway-specific career communities and related programming, co-leads the development of recruitment-related events, manages curricular and co-curricular touchpoints with students, engages in alumni and employer relationships, manages projects, and represents American University at national career fairs and professional conferences.

Holds one-on-one and group coaching appointments, leads career communities, participates in/leads treks, collaborates with faculty, and coordinates employer/alumni engagement in career communities. Handles students' consultative emails in large numbers. Conducts virtual and in-person workshops, classroom visits, and training sessions for diverse student audiences ranging from first year undergraduates to graduate students and experienced alumni.

Incumbent is expected to collaborate with numerous offices across campus, including student activities groups, academic advisors, and with faculty members.
Reporting directly to this position are: Graduate Assistants, Student Workers, and Federal Work Study Employees (as needed basis).

Essential Functions

  1. Coaching: Coaches undergraduate and graduate students (residential and online) and alumni on career development including job search strategies, resume/cover letter preparation, developing behavioral and case interview skills, job negotiations, and more. Manages and provides assessment of students and alumni career related interests and potential through applying career coaching techniques and interpreting interest inventories. Creates and updates resources for virtual career center and maintains current knowledge of systems (Handshake, Big Interview, VMock, CareerShift, Firsthand etc).
  2. Career Communities and Programming: Manages career communities and LinkedIn groups aligned with assigned pathways. Conducts outreach to students, manages onboarding process, leads social media spotlights and career community gathering programming specific to student needs, and co-coordinates resume books, mock interviews, and mentorship programs to increase student involvement and program effectiveness. Develops subject matter expertise in assigned pathways and connects with relevant professional organizations and faculty to enhance student coaching, programming, and opportunities. Leads or co-leads pre-orientation, orientation, curricular, and co-curricular touchpoints. Manages employer/alumni champions for career communities and facilitates their involvement in mock interviews, mentorship, and additional career development programming. Co-leads pathway-aligned recruitment events and treks.
  3. Special Projects & Supervision: Manages one or more core career curricular or co-curricular program and processes and serves as the primary liaison to staff, faculty, and student groups in developing and executing successfully. Manage student workers as they complete projects and services.
  4. Other Duties as Assigned.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position may supervise student worker positions.

Work Environment

  • The selected candidate is required to work in the DMV area.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time.
  • Coordinator/Analyst A.
  • Exempt.
  • This is a union-eligible position.

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience. Related experience in business, human resource management, graduate student recruiting, graduate career services in a business school, or working with experienced professionals who are in career transition is required.
  • Position requires solid communication and computer skills, along with excellent interpersonal, team-building, and presentation skills. Ability to work independently. Ability to lead and participate in multiple team projects. Analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master's degree
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience
  • Extensive knowledge of the DC and NY employment markets
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in a fast-paced professional service firm environment, certification in executive or career coaching, experience in a comparable role in another graduate business school, and/or extensive network of corporate or alumni contacts through previous work experience. Industry experience a plus. Certification in MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, and/or CliftonStrengths is a plus.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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