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St. Lawrence University Assistant Director of Career Exploration in Canton, New York

Position Title Assistant Director of Career Exploration

FLSA Exempt

Primary Responsibilities


The Assistant Director of Career Exploration is a member of the Career Coaching team within the Center for Career Excellence and reports to the Director. The Assistant Director of Career Exploration works with Career Excellence colleagues, academic departments, and key University partners to implement the Center’s early education and engagement strategy for career exploration and preparation to assist students in understanding the relationship between their liberal arts education and career possibilities. The Assistant Director plays a significant role in providing individualized career coaching to students, and offers strategically designed student programming as determined through consultation with faculty in assigned academic departments. The Assistant Director maintains direct working relationships with assigned campus areas, helps facilitate alumni-lead career programming, and assists in teaching Career Classes as appropriate. The Assistant Director also manages and supervises the Center’s student intern staff.


• Act as specialist for an assigned set of industries/fields; conduct research, cultivate in-depth knowledge on career options, engage with alumni and employers to remain up-to-date on trends, and participate in professional development to maintain a high level of relevant information.

• Provide coaching appointments and programming to students whose interests align with industry/field specialty assignments; assist students with exploration of career options, interest assessment, skill development, document creation/refinement, networking, internship/job search, interviewing, and other professional development topics.

• Provide coaching appointments and programming to students who have not yet determined their career interest; focus on interest assessment and career exploration strategies.


• Work directly with faculty in assigned academic departments and campus partners in assigned areas to strategize new small-scale programs to support students’ career preparation and help students articulate the connection between their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

• Coordinate small-scale programs that incorporate alumni volunteers and/or employer guests.


• Recruit, hire, train, and supervise 7-10 undergraduate interns for the Center for Career Excellence each academic year, maintaining appropriate staffing each semester.

• Develop comprehensive and ongoing training program for paraprofessional staff that includes tiered approach for new and returning interns.

• Work with professional staff to identify projects where intern assistance is useful; project work should benefit the Center and its mission, and provide professional development and growth to the intern.


• Assist in teaching the Career Classes as appropriate.


• Actively participate in Center’s evaluation, assessment, and reporting practices.

• Work directly with assigned campus areas including Residence Life, Student Activities, Counseling Center, student groups and organizations.

• Engage alumni as volunteers to assist students in the career exploration and preparation process.

• Interact with employers for programming needs and through industry specialist responsibilities.

• Assist with special events as needed. Such events may include Orientation, Admissions Visit Days, Board of Trustee Weekends, Alumni Executive Council Weekends, Family Weekend, Homecoming Weekend, Reunion Weekend.

• Attend Laurentian Events as requested.

Other duties as assigned or requested to meet departmental goals and objectives.


• Actively seek out resources and information to stay up-to-date on industry best practices, shifts in career coaching, employer hiring trends, diversity & inclusion, and your specific job responsibilities.

• Participate in professional development meet-ups and webinars with our member associations; make use of online resources.

• Attend a yearly professional development conference as office budget allows.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, business, or related field required; minimum 2 years of experience in career development/collegiate career services or related field; this may include one year as a graduate or undergraduate intern within a Career Office, or similar office, at a college/university.

• A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is required.

• Knowledge of career theory and practice including career exploration and assessment, networking and informational interviewing, experiential learning/internships, resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, interviewing, preparing for graduate or professional school, and professional etiquette/development.

• Ability to be innovative while providing developmentally appropriate individual and group career coaching and programming to students.

• Ability to infuse skill/competency development into programs and services to increase students’ career readiness.

• Knowledge and understanding of best practices in collegiate career development and workplace trends.

• Strong collaboration/team, organizational, program development, time management, interpersonal, and presentation skills (in-person and virtual, small and large groups).

• Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of internal and external constituents including students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers, and parents.

• Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and provide exceptional customer service.

• Innovative thinking and analytical abilities; demonstrated competency to organize and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills necessary for communicating with small and large audiences (one-on-one career coaching, student classrooms, faculty groups, professional associations).

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel; Zoom.

• Ability to travel and work non-standards hours, including some nights and weekends, is required.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds is strongly preferred.

• Experience supervising students or other direct reports is strongly preferred.

• Knowledge of and training with career assessment instruments preferred.

• Familiarity with platforms such as Handshake, Vault, CareerShift, Focus2, LinkedIn Learning preferred.

Status (FT, PT, Seasonal, Temp) Full-time (12 months)

Posting Number ST00753

Desired Start Date 07/01/2021

Open Date (to accept applications)

Close Date (date applications will not be considered)

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant

Qualified applicants should complete the online application form and upload required documents in the “applicant documents” section of the form.

Applications should be submitted by May 31, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed as needed. Questions about the position may be directed to Jillian McKernan-Walley, Director, Center for Career Excellence at

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background (including criminal records) check.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Did you engage in career services activities as part of your undergraduate experience?

  • Yes

  • No

    Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • Resume

  • Diversity Statement (a brief statement about your approach or ideas for promoting diversity and inclusion)

  • A List of 3 Professional References

    Optional Documents