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SUMMARY:

Each Career Specialist in The Aspire Center is an integrated member of the campus holistic advising team/model, working with faculty, student success advisors, and other colleagues, to provide added support to students in order to support their success during and after Carthage. This specialist will serve as a liaison and build relationships with a set of academic departments, including the following: Psychology, Social Work, Education, Criminal Justice, Environmental Sciences, Geospatial Science, International Political Economy, History, Political Science, Sociology, Pre-Law; collaborate, as needed, with other related departments.

In this role, Career Specialist for Public Service and Social Impact will engage in the following activities:

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Programming, advising, and teaching.
  • Advise students on the full range of career development tasks such as recognizing personal capabilities; defining career plans; understanding expectations for their field(s) of interest; networking with mentors, graduate/professional school representatives, and employers; obtaining experiential learning, and securing post-graduate opportunities consistent with their personal and professional development goals. The career specialist will help students explore their interests and sense of purpose balancing professional and personal life goals.
  • Collaborate with faculty, campus partners, and Aspire team members to plan, design, implement and assess formal and informal learning opportunities aligned with The Aspire Program pillars: creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership and career development.
  • Facilitate student engagement with their My Aspire Plan (MAP) through coordination of events, presentations and site visits, etc.
  • Develop resource materials and tools to help students best navigate their My Aspire Plan (MAP)
  • Integrate both traditional and contemporary methods and practices of career planning and development.
  • Work with the Hedberg Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies to create scalable student experiences.
  • Collaborate with the Purposeful Life and Leadership Coordinator to link and leverage existing and new leadership opportunities.
  • Integrate the concepts of creativity, resilience, and curiosity into annual student experiences and events.
  • Contribute to campus-wide efforts to strengthen students’ cultural competencies in their community and workplaces.
  • Promote The Aspire Program to prospective Carthage College students and communicate the program to current students, as well as other key audiences.
  • Work with Internship and Experiential Learning Coordinator to build awareness about on- and off-campus experiences that enable students to build skills and networks to gain access to meaningful experiential learning opportunities.
  • Responsible for teaching a section(s) of College Success Seminar each fall with the possibility of teaching Aspire-related.
  • January term courses.
  • Leverage alumni and employer networks to provide meaningful student experiences. Complete other duties as assigned or as opportunities emerge.

EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent preferred, Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with relevant industry experience.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Ability to work cross-generationally with a commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Experience in advising, teaching, or counseling.
  • Skilled with use of technology including communication tools, databases and information management systems.
  • Possesses effective written and verbal communication skills across mediums.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.

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The Aspire Program is a comprehensive 4-year career development program that integrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and leadership to prepare students for the careers of today and of the future. 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. Carthage’s location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities.

About Carthage

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in the thriving Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, Carthage College blends the best liberal arts traditions with desirable degree programs, transformative learning opportunities, and personal attention from dedicated faculty and staff. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum with stunning lake views, is home to 2,600 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. Founded in 1847, Carthage is consistently named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review and a Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report. All Carthage employees play a vital part in the success of our students, as we work together to create an environment where all can achieve their true potential. Grow with Carthage.

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.