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Associate Director, Social Impact Career Advising

Middlebury, VT - Posted on: Wednesday 06/22/16


Position Information

Posted with Limited Access No
Limited Access Period Ending Date
Title Associate Director, Social Impact Career Advising
Posting Number S00721
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-time
Typical Hours Per Week 38.75
Benefits Eligible? Yes
Hourly/Salaried Salaried
Band/Level MG2
Hiring Minimum $55,714.75
Department Center for Careers and Internships
Location Middlebury Main Campus
Hire contingent upon successful completion of the following post-offer screening Criminal Background Check

Position Summary

Position Summary

This is a term position anticipated to end in July of 2017.

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

The Associate Director will serve as lead for social impact career advising, providing students with up-to-date career information, encouraging career exploration, promoting understanding of opportunities, connecting students to mentors, and preparing students for successful internship and post-graduation experiences. To ensure students have access to meaningful and relevant internship and employment opportunities, the Associate Director will provide career coaching and advising, implementation of a range of programs for students, alumni, and other members of the Middlebury community, and effective collaboration with the employer outreach and professional network development team. The Associate Director will support student engagement efforts and serve as the point person for international students within the Center for Careers & Internships. This position reports to the Director of Career Advising.


Essential Functions

Career Education, Advising, and Student Preparation for Social Impact Fields

• Coach and advise students on acquisition of skills and experience required for entry into the relevant internships, jobs, and graduate programs; facilitate students’ self-assessment, career exploration and decision-making, goal setting, and internship/job search strategies in individual and group sessions and telephone/e-mail consultations; administer and interpret assessment instruments to assist students with determining their career interests and skills; educate students about proper networking protocol; review student resumes and cover letters; and teach effective interviewing techniques.
• Serve as expert within assigned career field(s); address unique issues concerning career development and/or marketplace trends for assigned students and career field(s); expand professional competence with respect to employment trends through research, professional conferences and discussion; disseminate knowledge regarding career development and labor market trends to colleagues and students. 
• Develop educational resources, programs, and special events to support assigned field(s); initiate and create resources, programming, and presentations on career issues for international students
• Observe and remain current with ethical guidelines and legal precedents for client counselor relationships, student records and employment procedures.
• Collect, evaluate, and report on data/outcomes at assigned intervals.

Student Community Engagement & Partnerships

• Lead CCI outreach to international students and foster partnership with International Student and Scholars Services, through regular communication, collaboration, and consultation in order to ensure international student engagement with CCI; in consultation with director of employer outreach and professional networks, identify and cultivate/establish new relationships with organizations that hire and sponsor international students and alumni; educate employers regarding hiring international students and provide consultation for employers in devising effective strategies for their campus relations and recruiting initiatives.
• In consultation with director of employer outreach and professional networks, cultivate and maintain relationships that bring together students and alumni in assigned field(s); play a key role in advancing Middlebury’s relationship with assigned employers; cultivate effective partnerships with appropriate employers, faculty, campus colleagues, and student organizations regarding strategic design and development of resources and programs/workshops to ensure student engagement and employment outcomes in assigned field(s).


• Review student interest data and develop appropriate strategy for outreach.
• Utilize social media and web tools to engage students, share information, and promote opportunities.
• Curate content for targeted career field communications; write and edit educational communications to support enterprise including email communications, web content, social media posts, and student handouts.
• Gather and disseminate current job market data and provide internship and job leads to students.
• Develop tailored communications, including specific sections of the website customized to international students.

Administrative Coordination
• Ensure that all staff have and can communicate an appropriate knowledge base of occupational, career, and job information resources as well as knowledge of the labor market, employment trends, and recruiting strategies and techniques for international students.

General Responsibilities

• Travel occasionally to engage with employer partners, alumni, and parents; staff off-campus networking events.
• Facilitate and serve on departmental and college committees as assigned.
• Serve as liaison to Middlebury departments or programs as appropriate; serve on CCI teams as assigned.
• Represent Middlebury College in professional conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and to increase Middlebury’s visibility among professionals in relevant fields.



• A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Deep understanding of the elite liberal arts education model and subsequent challenges and opportunities presents to the career advising function.
• Knowledge of the job search process and labor force trends; a clear understanding of the role of internships and career education initiatives.
• Able to understand diverse students’ needs and concerns; must possess a clear understanding and value for cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and other forms of diversity.
• Excellent communication skills (written and oral), and strong presentation and networking skills.
• Proven relationship builder and volunteer manager.
• Results-oriented and detail-oriented; must possess project management skills.
• Entrepreneurial attitude; adaptable to change.
• Research, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
• Success working both independently and collaboratively in cross-functional teams.
• Able to communicate the value of a small, private liberal arts college educational experience to outside constituents. 
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and database systems.


Minimum of 5-10 years relevant work experience required. Experience advising liberal arts students and alumni, collaborating with faculty, alumni, and employers and working with diverse groups of undergraduate students highly desirable. Some professional industry experience either in the non-profit sector, environmental services, or a social enterprise a must. Experience working with diverse groups of undergraduate students in a liberal arts educational environment strongly preferred.

Physical Demands

Posting Information

Close Date
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

This is a term position anticipated to end in July of 2017.

Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.


Some postings require contact information for reference providers for confidential letters of recommendation.

Recommendation Letter Requirements

Please note that this “confidential letters of recommendation” section is not being used for this posting. Candidates are able to provide reference information as described in the Applicant Document section instead.

To Apply:

Please visit https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/13511