Senior Advisor, Career Development

Join an organization where you can make a difference in the lives of students from across the nation and the world. At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), we see a world where young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to discover, develop and realize their full potential. TWC is the bridge between higher education and professional careers–leveraging all that Washington D.C. has to offer to provide dynamic, experiential learning opportunities to empower and motivate young people to become engaged global citizens.

Position Description

The Senior Advisor plays a key role in delivering on The Washington Center’s (TWC) promise to provide students with a transformational experience. In this role, the Senior Advisor is charged with providing extended learning opportunities (ELO) for interns that focus on career development in the Academic Internship Program (AIP). This person will identify learning opportunities and experiences that align with the career readiness curriculum sessions and facilitate the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. The Senior Advisor will ensure that these ELOs are designed to individualize the student experience based on a student’s level (e.g. seniors, first generation college students) and will ensure a high level of quality and impact throughout each term.

Essential Functions and Accountabilities
  • Student Learning and Student Development
    • Design and implement a requisite number of high impact professional learning opportunities per semester to enhance student career development extended learning opportunities.
    • Collaborate with the LEAD instructors and Managers within AIP to ensure each student is progressing towards the development and understanding of career readiness.
    • Collaborate and consult with other TWC staff and departments related to career readiness to ensure alignment for the student experience.
    • Be well versed in all colloquium modules; attend all LEAD debrief meetings and serve as backup for LEAD instructors as needed.
    • Plan and implement supplemental programming (Jumpstart Programming) for unplaced students or students with delayed starts to their internships – programming consist of coordinating guest speakers, providing additional training, and DC immersion activities.
    • Provide student pre-arrival professional development programs in conjunction with the Office of Internship Site Relations to begin students’ transition from academic to professional settings.
  • Learning Outcomes, ELO Assessment and Data Management
    • Work with the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction and with Operational Effectiveness to plan and execute the evaluation and assessment of ELOs.
    • Grow and maintain online content library of resources related to core development areas for job-seekers, including resume and cover letter creation / editing, networking, job search techniques, graduate school search and application processes, interviewing, and more.
  • AIP Career Readiness and Development Staff Training
    • Coordinate regular training for LEAD Instructors and on-going professional development related to career readiness/development and other related topics.
    • Develop a pre and post Career Readiness Inventory as part of the assessment of the learning that takes place during the semester. This work will be in conjunction with leaders in AIP, OISR and Operational Effectiveness.
  • Student Recruitment
    • Recruit on average at between 3 to 4 colleges and universities each semester to promote TWC and to share TWC’s message, introducing the programs TWC offers to faculty, staff, administrators, and prospective students.
Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Experiential Education, Career Development or related field.
  • Ability to conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant career readiness and educational topics.
  • Minimum 2 to 4 years of experience working with college students in career services, career development, or career readiness required.
  • Event planning experience is required.
  • Evening hours and some weekend hours are required

Preferred education or qualifications and experience:

  • Holds a Certification as a Strengths Coach or similar career coaching certification.

Competencies required to perform the job successfully:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Awareness
  • Leads People, Develop Others, Empowers Others
  • Cross-Functional Capacity
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape.
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities for career professionals.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and easily adaptable.
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants’ experience and offers opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied.
  • Demonstrates understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and actively addresses situations to ensure cultural and global competency.
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals.
  • Independent judgment and initiative.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office with strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word.
Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system.
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer.
Physical Abilities

These are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch and crawl.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please submit your resume and cover letter via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.