Career Advisor

The Career Advisor is a key role ensuring The Washington Center’s mission to provide transformational experiential programs to college students looking to launch their careers. In this role, the Career Advisors work directly with students participating in either virtual or in-person internships. Specifically, Career Advisors guide and support student development, assist students in exploring unique career and post-college opportunities, engage their students with reflective assignments, deliver targeted career readiness sessions, and play a vital role in the career launch of their students. 

Note: due to covid-19 all TWC programs and student engagements are virtual at the moment. In-person programs, advising, and lessons might be restored in the future depending on overall safety and government guidelines. 

Key Job Responsibilities

Virtual Student Instruction

  • Create, deliver, and assess multiple virtual career readiness workshops correlating with overarching program goals. 
  • Design and implement virtual learning activities and lesson plans that increase active engagement among students, encourage critical thinking and small group discussion, and take into consideration different learning styles and backgrounds.
  • When applicable, assess workshop quality based on attendance, student satisfaction, and other key metrics.
  • Continuously revise and improve career readiness workshops based on available data, student feedback, and virtual education best practices.

Student Experience

  • Deliver virtual orientation program preparing students for The Washington Center semester.
  • Support and monitor the experience of approximately 40 students per semester through continuous outreach, communication, and mentorship.
  • Monitor the student-supervisor relationship and ensure student growth, professional development, and overall satisfaction. 
  • When applicable, serve as a liaison between the student and the internship supervisor for problems that may occur.
  • Advise and support students when issues arise that impact their TWC experience. 
  • Develop relationship with internship supervisors and internship sites that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor’s role in educating students in a professional setting. When applicable, provide documented feedback to Office of Internship Site Relations (OISR) on this.

Student Advisement

  • Conduct individual or group virtual career advising with students throughout the semester based on student need. Emphasize strong, lasting relationship building with students.
  • Guide and advise students during the program, outlining and monitoring learning goals, establishing action steps, and documenting overall progress throughout the semester.
  • Conduct optional weekly touch points with students that clarifies program expectations and encourage peer to peer interactions.

Other Responsibilities

  • Fully utilize technology platforms being utilized by TWC as to maximize student support, data collection, and communication efficiency. 
  • Provide Director of AIP with updates and briefings on all student issues and needs.
  • When necessary, collaborate with other departments within TWC (Student Services and Community Life, Finance, Office of Internship Site Relations, and others) to manage student issues, support students in need, craft reports for external audiences, and mitigate conflicts that might arise.

Required Education and Experience

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

  • Master’s degree in Experiential Education, International Education, Academic Advisement, or other related degrees 
  • One to three years of work experience. 
  • Experience in leading professional exploration and development in a variety of fields.
  • Strong ability to advise students regarding their career and professional goals (virtually).
  • Experience instructing students online or conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant educational topics required.

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience in working with college students in advising, mentoring, teaching or supervision capacities within specific area desired
  • Knowledge of best practices in online education
  • Experience in leading professional exploration and development in a variety of fields
  • Knowledge regarding career development and coaching are desired. 

Competencies required to perform the job successfully 

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Awareness
  • Leads People, Develop Others, Empowers Others
  • 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
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively
  • 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

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

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 do so 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.

Please note that we participate in E-Verify and upon hire, will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.