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Assistant Director – Business Community

University of Virginia Career Center

Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
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Job Details

University Staff Position #14031

Posting #0621583             

Posting Date:  8/25/17

For a full position description, please visit  In addition to creating a staff application at, applicants must also upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references. 

This position is Open Until Filled, however, review of applications will begin on 9/4/17.

The mission of the UVA Career Center is to foster holistic career development and facilitate connections to educate, inspire confidence, and empower all students to launch professionally and personally fulfilling lives.  The Career Center places a high priority on quality individual direct service and exceptional customer service for all key constituents.  As an Assistant Director, this individual will spend the majority of time providing direct services to University undergraduate students on a wide variety of career-related topics and industries as well as managing the delivery of career-related programs.  Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops.  Industry and career community research, outreach and programming are also significant parts of the position.  The Assistant Director will be supervised by and work in conjunction with the Associate Director, Career Communities (Business).  This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned.  Some evening and weekend work is required.

Major Functions and Responsibilities

Career Services Programming (50%)

  • Oversees the development and facilitation of workshops and presentations on a variety of career topics such as writing targeted resumes and cover letters, behavioral/case/technical interviewing, business career exploration, navigating the internship and job search, and business-specific programs in consulting, finance, marketing, retail, and HR; collaborates with counseling team to evaluate and continually enhance programs and services to more effectively address student needs; manages all logistical details of each program and event.
  • Researches, develops and delivers industry and career community-specific programming and invites relevant guest speakers based on assigned industry areas.
  • Iniates outreach to and collaborates with student organizations such as class councils, peer advisors, and business affinity groups to develop and fulfill programing requests.
  • Collaborates with Employer Relations Team to assure complimentary interface of programs and services for students interested in On-Grounds Interviewing, career fairs, and position listings related to internships and full-time jobs; supports traditional and seeks new methods of communicating and marketing the value of employer programs to College students.
  • Collaborates with career services affiliate offices, employers and alumni on events to facilitate the holistic career development of students.
  • Collaborates with affiliate career services offices and Darden graduate student committee on mentoring program (Darden Mentoring Program) and associated events.

Career Counseling Services (40%)

  • Provides direct student service through individual appointments and office hours. Individual advising involves counseling, coaching, and advising for students at all stages of career development including making sound decisions about academic major and career choices; learning how to identify and secure externships and internships; demonstrating the value of print and on-line career resources; and teaching students about resume writing, industry and employer research, interviewing skills, networking and job search strategies.
  • Utilizes a range of assessments including Career Leader, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FOCUS2 and Strong Interest Inventory to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
  • Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers. Develops and markets industry and career community specific programming and resources to faculty and students.
  • Engages with employers to collect and disseminate industry and career community related information to students.
  • Participates in student tracking and evaluation processes designed to assess client activity, satisfaction, and the achievement of learning objectives; provides bi-annual reports and analysis of client information; uses client, counselor group, and supervisor feedback to improve counseling techniques.
  • Teaches portions of career planning classes or other career exploration and implementation workshops, as needed, with a particular focus on career-related resources, industries and services.
  • Contributes to the training and supervision of peer counselors, graduate and undergraduate interns, and work study students.

Administration and Technology (10%)

  • Supports Career Center efforts to develop relevant content and more extensively utilize technology in the delivery of student career-related and industry specific programs and services; develops Business Community newsletter and implements marketing recommendations to reach students more effectively; in collaboration with other Career Center staff provides benchmarking and recommendations regarding priorities for technology service delivery.
  • Leads and works with Career Center team members to develop new and edit existing content for website, published resources and industry and community area information.
  • Attends and contributes to counselor group, staff, and core team meetings to share information and grow professionally, and to help develop and improve program offerings.
  • Serves on career work teams to support new initiatives involving career development, total advising and the launch of career communities across the University.
  • Participates in Career Center career fairs/events such as Graduate/Professional School Fair, Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs and other large programs by assisting staff with logistics of those events and/or providing additional counseling appointments as needed.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree with at least 3 years of professional experience in a career services or business setting involving advising/coaching, program development/project management or recruiting
  • Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams
  • Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops
  • Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills, especially MS Office Suite and Web-based technologies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in counseling, student affairs, higher education or a business related field with at least 3 years of professional experience in a career services or business setting involving advising/coaching, program development/project management or recruiting
  • Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and employers
  • Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools (i.e. Career Leader, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FOCUS2, Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Knowledge in the use of Career Services Management Software/technology (ex. Handshake, Symplicity, 12Twenty, or other CSM applications)
  • Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-related environment
  • Knowledgeable about print and on-line career resources

The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.



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