Career Specialist for Business and Technology
The Aspire Center is the hub of activity for The Aspire Program with a scope of work that extends well beyond the work of a traditional career center this 4-year career development program also helps students to develop skills in entrepreneurship, leadership, and creativity. Carthage’s location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its unique J-term and off-campus study programs provide global options to expand students’ perspectives on the world.
You will be joining a team that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. Our team is committed to creating a diverse environment where everyone is welcome. This is a place where employees are comfortable bringing their authentic whole selves to work. We believe diversity drives innovation. Carthage College is committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students and is advancing new efforts through a variety of campus initiatives, which include the College’s Anti-Racism Plan, commitment to Moon Shot for Equity, and development of our new Holistic Advising model.
The Aspire Center consists of a small and growing team doing work that will make a real impact in both on- and off-campus communities. In an average day, we’re as likely to be strategizing about regional workforce development needs as planning a program with on-campus colleagues for first years to explore their sense of purpose. We’re like a start-up housed in an established organization, and we are looking for people who are energized by the trials and triumphs of building a new program. The ideal candidate is someone who is flexible, creative, curious, and collaborative. Career specialists bring work experience related to their target field and/or working with high school or college students.
The Career Specialist for Business and Technology will assist a caseload of ~500 students interested in business and technology-related majors and fields. The Career Specialist will most commonly work with students pursuing accounting, computer science, economics, game development, finance, marketing, management, and related areas of interest with fulfilling the expectations associated with The Aspire Program learning goals and 4-year plan. Career specialists develop an understanding for the distinguishing aspects of the Carthage curriculum and work closely with faculty to understand opportunities for The Aspire Center to provide relevant support and complementary programming.
You will have unique opportunities to help students expand their perspectives on personal and group identities and the role of internal and external factors in making decisions, understanding personal motivation, building an entrepreneurial/growth mindset, developing curiosity/creativity, and setting achievable goals to design a satisfying life, as well as transition effectively to life after Carthage.
RESPONSIBILITIES BROADLY INCLUDE:
PROGRAMMING, ADVISING, AND TEACHING
- Collaborate with faculty, staff, student organizations, and off-campus partners to design formal and informal opportunities for students to: learn about career fields, design personal/professional goals, develop skills related to the 9 competencies associated with The Aspire Program, and participate in meaningful experiential learning opportunities to position them to secure post-graduate outcomes related to their goals. Examples of learning opportunities could include hosting career-related workshops/training events, coffee chats, project-based learning/service experiences, guest speakers, networking events, interviewing days, site visits, and career fairs, as well as peer and alumni mentoring experiences.
- Advise students (individually and in groups) on the Aspire competencies to build their sense of purpose, career readiness, resilience, creativity, and leadership/entrepreneurial skills.
- Assist colleagues with developing activities, modules, and resources to support overall development of The Aspire Program.
- Contribute to campus-wide efforts to strengthen students’ cultural competence, using the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and other mechanisms; integrate relevant coaching into students’ My Aspire Plans (MAP). (New staff will receive training on the IDI, as well as on-going professional development related to equity and inclusion).
- Teach courses, such as the College Success Seminar for new students and/or one of Aspire’s J-Term courses, on a periodic basis.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS, COMMUNICATION, AND ASSESSMENT
- Cultivate relationships on- and off-campus to ensure students have necessary access to mentors, internships/research experiences, and post-graduate opportunities. Use departmental technology tools to engage partners, track engagements, and facilitate on-going collaboration opportunities.
- Meet with alumni and friends of the College to mobilize volunteers and support on-going fundraising and donor stewardship, as needed.
- Develop candidate pools to connect students with specific project-based learning experiences, internships, jobs and other related experiences.
- Promote The Aspire Program and Carthage College to prospective and current students, as well as other key audiences.
- Coordinate with relevant campus colleagues to design communication and promotional messages and campaigns to motivate engagement in The Aspire Program.
- Develop quarterly student engagement and external relations goals in alignment with office-wide goals and measures; participate in qualitative and quantitative data collection and assessment efforts to support on-going improvement and promotional opportunities.
- Other duties as assigned or as opportunities emerge.
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- Commitment to improving equity and inclusion.
- Optimistic and team-oriented; able to keep team goals in mind, even when working independently.
- Works well with ambiguity and is able to make decisions without always having all of the information.
- Thinks strategically and is able to prioritize.
- Adaptable and able to handle unforeseen events/requests with ease and cheerfulness.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- All areas of study are invited to apply.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to work effectively within a culturally diverse community along with a demonstrated commitment to understanding cultural competence, unconscious bias, and historic inequities that influence students’ ability to succeed in and after college; comfortable engaging others in difficult conversations to build understanding and address inequities.
- Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling; experience with high school or college-aged students is preferred.
- Able to use technology to satisfy responsibilities of the role; common tools include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Google Workspace (formerly GSuite), LinkedIn and similar productivity and social media tools. It is helpful, but not required to have experience with databases/information management tools, such as Salesforce, Handshake, Less Annoying CRM, or Smartsheet.
- Possess effective written and verbal communication skills across mediums with attentiveness to detail, tone, and audience.
- Qualification to interpret career, personality, or cultural competence assessments is a plus; however, on-the-job training can also be provided (examples of assessments that may be used in the role include: PathwayU, Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator, and Intercultural Development Inventory).
- Experience prioritizing immediate and longer term work, as well as managing competing priorities.
- Available to work some evenings and weekends.
- Candidates should have a willingness to travel occasionally to complete College business as permitted by public health conditions - primarily in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area, occurring primarily within normal business hours.
- Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV online.
All candidate applications must be submitted through the official application portal for Carthage College. Review of applications will continue until a successful candidate is found. Applications from traditionally under-represented groups are actively encouraged. Any correspondence related to this search should be directed to email@example.com.
MATERIALS CAN BE ADDRESSED TO:
Ms. Lisa Hinkley
Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.
Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.