Senior Advisor for Career Readiness and Professional Development

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Department: Career Services
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Student Affairs

Department: Career Services

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

The Senior Advisor reports to the Assistant Director for Career Services and Corporate Relations. With the support of the office team and guided by our vision for students and desired student learning and return-on-investment outcomes, the Senior Advisor designs, teaches, evaluates, and advises students on career readiness and professional development learning opportunities, services, courses, and high impact practices from conception to evaluation with an emphasis on student success from enrollment to post-graduation. Services and advice focus on securing and maintaining gainful employment, career success, and longevity in the workforce. Although the Senior Advisor will work with all students, the primary target will be juniors and seniors. Services need to be delivered through individual, group, virtual, and classroom formats as appropriate.

Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before Friday, September 9, 2022.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Core functional position-specific duties
1. Assist leadership with developing, maintaining, and assessing an innovative, best-in-class, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-relevant career development curriculum (e.g., NACE-informed, evidence-based, Stanford University’s “Design Your Career”).
2. Serve as backup to Career Services’ Designated School Official (DSO), the Assistant Director, for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for international students with F-1 and J-1 visas.
3. Maintain a combination of consistent in-person and virtual office hours to conduct student career advising appointments.
4. Conduct career assessment inventories with students and explain results or identify experts.
5. Collaborate with college career coaches, faculty, industry practitioners, Student Affairs colleagues, and experts to design, facilitate, and evaluate career readiness and professional development experiences that teach professional development skills, NACE-based competencies, and other strategies that promote career success and longevity in the workforce.
6. Design, facilitate, and evaluate workshops that teach interview and presentation skills and how to develop best-in-class cover letters, resumes, application packages, and portfolios.
7. Teach and advise students through all stages of the job search, including self-assessment, career exploration, industry recruiting processes, offer negotiations, and decision-making or identify experts.
8. Identify, maintain, use, and refer students to tools and resources related to the job search process and success in the workforce.
9. Advise students on how to prepare for career fairs and related activities.
10. Assist the team with planning for career fairs and related activities.
11. Serve as a guest presenter on career readiness and professional development competencies (e.g., in classes, residence halls, at orientation, and to student groups).
12. Hire, train, and supervise Career Learning Center Coaches.

Core mission-critical duties for all Student Affairs staff

1. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
2. Actively engage in creating an inclusive, welcoming, and professional work environment for staff, students, and visitors.
3. Collaborate with appropriate stakeholders to ensure that services delivered to students are audience-specific, timely, culturally-relevant, needs-based, aligned with leadership’s priorities and student learning outcomes, and can be evaluated.
4. Leverage relevant social media platforms and other marketing and outreach strategies to promote and increase attendance at events.
5. Maintain a positive and professional attitude while carrying out responsibilities.
6. Identify and propose appropriate professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills.
7. Collaborate with supervisor and division leadership to enhance the visibility of achievements by, for example, exploring and submitting proposals to conferences to showcase effective programs that may be replicated within the profession.
8. Develop, propose, and manage approved programming budgets based on data and event requirements.
9. Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate any approved and assigned student employees.
10. Participate and actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives and strategies and apply knowledge to everyday work.
11. Assist with collecting program data and other evidence to better understand student needs, student learning, and programmatic formative and summative outcomes.
12. Ensure that office databases and other record-keeping systems are updated, accurate, and audit-ready.
13. Submit monthly, annual, and ad hoc productivity reports.
14. Support and assist department and divisional leaders in efforts to enhance brand, operations, services, visibility, and impact internally and externally, especially within the profession.
15. Perform other mission-critical and position-specific duties as requested based on operational needs (e.g., all-hands-on-deck events such as orientation, welcome week, homecoming, commencement, and other university traditions).

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

● Bachelor’s degree or three (3) years of Active Duty military service with verifiable honorable discharge.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

● Four or more years of related experiences

Desirable Education and/or Experience

● Performing related duties in educational setting
● Industry experience
● Career Fair Plus experience
● Handshake experience
● Interpreting federal CPT requirements for F-1 and J-1 student visas

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)


1. Communication skills: ability to communicate effectively with individuals across racial, ethnic, cultural, and other boundaries and styles through interpersonal, oral, written, and group presentation modalities.
2. Self-management skills: ability to manage time effectively, learn and fully contribute to overall departmental tasks and goals, and offer suggestions for enhancing contributions to organization.
3. Event and program planning skills: ability to plan and organize events/programs/services from conception to full execution including identifying and addressing important details.
4. Relational skills: ability to develop and maintain positive and harmonious professional relationships in a team environment and with individuals from various diverse backgrounds and experiences.
5. Conflict resolution skills: ability to address and resolve differences and conflict with colleagues, students, and others.
6. Analytical skills: ability to analyze complex information and offer sound recommendations.
7. Computational skills: ability to perform basic mathematical computations to assist with financial operations and data collection, analysis, and reporting.
8. Computer skills: proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet software, preferably Microsoft Office or Google Suite.


1. Ability to adhere to work attendance requirements.
2. Ability to model self-care and well-being for colleagues and, most importantly, students.
3. Ability to manage emotions, function effectively, and make sound decisions in stressful and crisis situations.
4. Ability to handle multiple projects in a timely and professional manner in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment.
5. Ability to promote and achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion of multi-racial/ethnic, low-income, LGBTQ+, veteran, non-traditional, online, disability, first-generation, and others.
6. Ability to be flexible, diplomatic, patient, service-driven, and a self-starter.
7. Ability to work independently under limited supervision and in teams.
8. Ability to make reasoned administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive and confidential issues.
9. Ability to work evening and weekend hours based on operational need.


Possession of a valid driver's license and ability to comply with Michigan Tech vehicle-use requirements.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

1. Preparatory knowledge: coursework- or work-based knowledge of student development theories, learning theories, and other theories related to profession.
2. Student knowledge: knowledge of generational college students and the ability to design generation- and audience-specific programs/events/services.
3. Accountability: experience with applying formative, summative, qualitative, and/or quantitative methodologies to assessing student learning outcomes and/or evaluating programs and services.
4. Branding experience: ability to design brochures, event flyers, and/or newsletters
5. Social media experience: ability to develop and manage social media accounts
6. Reporting experience: experience with program databases or software programs used to track, monitor, and report services to students.
7. Ability to plan and execute programs and services based on social justice, cultural responsiveness, anti-racism, and civility.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

● Moving small- to medium-sized boxes of materials in and out office during special events
● Driving personal or university vehicles or golf-cart during special events to transport materials and supplies to events
● The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate
● Fast-paced
● Results-oriented
● Accountability-driven
● Agile

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $55,000.

Title of Position Supervisor

Assistant Director for Career Services and Corporate Relations

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please upload a cover letter that addresses required and desired qualifications, knowledge, skills, and abilities; a résumé with starting and ending month and year for each job, and three references (preferably one should be supervisory). The screening process may also include a self-assessment of required and desired skills, abilities, and experiences. Hiring official may request to speak with the current supervisor prior to extending an offer. Position will remain open until filled.

Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before Friday, September 9, 2022.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research flagship university located in Houghton, MI. Houghton is located in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

We embrace our winters and cherish our summers with an unapologetic spirit of resilience and adventure. We attract students and employees who love “the great outdoors” and are comfortable with not having amenities usually associated with large communities. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to research the geographical area carefully before applying.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

The Character of the Division (and for the AD)

The Division of Student Affairs at Michigan Tech is devoted to student success from enrollment to commencement. We are dynamic, agile, and culturally-responsive. We guide, support, and, on occasion, challenge students as they develop, refine, and pursue their academic, career, and personal endeavors. All staff are responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, respectful, and caring environment for students, colleagues, and visitors. We seek skilled and diverse colleagues who are student-focused, nimble, self-motivated, and will embrace and respect who we are and what we do. We also seek colleagues committed to moving the Division forward towards prominence and influence on campus, nationally, and within the Student Affairs profession. Titles and responsibilities are subject to change in accordance with university policies and procedures to meet the needs of our students, the university and division, the state of Michigan, employers, and the profession.

Before applying, we encourage interested individuals to spend time learning more about who we are, our values, and what we do:

Examples of Critical Measures of Success (CMS)

1. Amount of revenue generated from fee-based events.
2. Number of career, recruiting, and corporate events executed.
3. Number and percent of student and employer registrants attending events.
4. 80% student satisfaction with signature events.
5. 80% employer satisfaction with signature events.
6. Number and percent of student learning outcomes achieved.
7. Number and percent of other program goals and objectives achieved.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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