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Career Development Specialist

Dartmouth, MA - Posted on: Friday 05/27/16


About University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional and global economic, social, and cultural development.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality and safety.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

Job Description:

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:  The Career Development Specialist delivers an array of career-focused programs and services for students of an assigned college/s, working in collaboration with faculty, chairs, and administrators, primarily during the Fall and Spring semesters. Identifies experiential learning opportunities. Develops on-campus recruitment opportunities for students. Works with a college-based advisory board comprised of administrators, faculty, and students to identify priorities and planning needs.   


  • Provide career development and job search counseling for assigned populations.
  • Provide employment preparation programs (e.g., resume writing, interviewing skills).
  • Market career services to students.
  • Participate in college-based "Foundations" classes and/or classes geared towards the support of  first-year students.
  • Participate in college wide events and academic programs designed to attract students to the college and to assimilate/orient matriculated students.
  • Work with other campus services such as Counseling Services, Academic Advising, Graduate Student Affairs, and Alumni Affairs to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.
  • Serve as CDC specialist for either experiential based programs or employment-based programs.  Support the efforts of the professional staff in CDC by sharing and/or coordinating resources related to this specialty.
  • Work closely with other staff members in the planning and delivery of career outreach and programming, such as job fairs.
  • Attend professional conferences, workshops, seminars and/or conventions to expand and keep current on the career programs and opportunities for students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



EDUCATION:Master's degree in Education/, Counseling, or related degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

EXPERIENCE: Demonstrated (over three years) experience in career planning or counseling in higher education or related field.  Experience in planning and presenting career related workshops.  Supervisory experience.

OTHER: Computer literate and familiarity with current career related technology and software.  Must possess personality and philosophy consistent with career and student development. Occasional local and regional travel.  Available to work nights and weekends as needed. 


  • Ability to work with a diverse student population.
  • Thorough knowledge of career development theory.
  • Familiarity with experiential learning programs.


  • Significant (five years) experience in career planning or counseling in higher education.
  • Familiarity with career assessments, such as: TypeFocus, Myers Briggs Type Inventory, and Strong.
  • Experience using online career management systems.
  • Experience with multiple marketing platforms, including print and social media.

Additional Information:

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Career Development Specialist                                        

DIVISION: Academic and Student Affairs

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: ESU, Cat.13                                                            

DEPARTMENT: Career Development Center  

FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT                                                                             



REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Career Development Center        

SUPERVISES: Interns, student workers


To Apply:

Application Instructions:

To apply please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references via https://umassd.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=5532DC2C2D42C074EE4880B5060AE222?JOBID=72006&CNTRNO=56&TSTMP=1464268880570

The deadline for INTERNALS to apply is June 9, 2016.

The deadline or review by date is June 10, 2016.