University of Pennsylvania Career Services, positioned within the division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL), is seeking an Associate Director to advise undergraduates, Master's students and alumni of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, through one through one-on-one and group settings, regarding all facets of career planning and employment-related activities as well as professional development.
Career Services offers a wonderful opportunity to be at the nexus of Penn students, alumni, employers, and campus partners, and provides an engaging environment to apply your skills in effective communication, relationship building, program/event managing and leadership/supervision.
The Associate Director, School of Engineering and Applied Science, will advise undergraduates, Master’s students and alumni of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), through one-on-one and group settings, regarding all facets of career planning and employment-related activities as well as professional development. Create dynamic, actionable workshops, speaker panels, programs, and events (online and in-person), and present at department orientations, to student groups and in classrooms. Keep up-to-date on career-relevant news, resources, websites, and tools, and develop content for website and blog to communicate this effectively to students. Manage Externship Program for SEAS students in consultation with the Engineering Alumni Society Executive Board. Contribute to the planning and management of career fairs. Establish effective relationships with recruiters, hiring managers, and alumni at employers with potential for hiring SEAS students and graduates. Collaborate closely with administrators across the University, student services and student organizations on program planning and implementation. Participate in the collection and presentation of career plans surveys and data. Develop effective communication approaches targeting engineering population, distributing content as relevant through numerous possible channels including social media. Represent the office at professional meetings and participate in continued professional development. Receive administrative supervision from and report to Senior Associate Director, Career Services.
A Master's Degree and 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Motivation to work in a student service role as part of a positive, high energy, multi-team office. Interest in developing ideas and creating innovative programming reflecting the changing needs of students/graduates and the fast-moving world of engineering and technical work. Demonstrated advising skills applied through work with a diverse range of students, including a significant number of international candidates. Outstanding presentation and writing skills within different formats and adjusted for different audiences. Proven initiative in program planning and implementation, communication and teamwork. Quick learner, with ability to assimilate and retain large volumes of information on career fields; prior knowledge of career fields relevant to SEAS disciplines a plus. Eagerness to learn and apply new technologies and tools, and a comfort with learning by doing. Strong command of technology resources, including Handshake and other advanced career exploration platforms and tools, in addition to Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Collaborative nature with a willingness to work within and across teams. Evidence of prior employer relations, relationship development and networking skills. Experienced in successfully juggling multiple priorities. Demonstrated flexibility in adapting to new systems and responsibilities. Positive, can-do attitude and outlook and sense of humor a plus.