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St. Lawrence University Associate Director for Mentoring & Diversity Initiatives in Canton, New York

Position Title Associate Director for Mentoring & Diversity Initiatives

FLSA Exempt

Primary Responsibilities


The Associate Director for Mentoring & Diversity Initiatives with the Center for Career Excellence reports to the Director, and works with Career Excellence colleagues, University Advancement, and other key University partners to significantly expand and enhance the current Career Mentoring Program as part of the Center’s strategy to provide students networking and skill-building opportunities to improve their career readiness. The Associate Director manages a robust program that links students with the Laurentian Network to build connections, develop competencies, explore careers and industries, hone professional etiquette, and learn how to articulate their St. Lawrence experience to employers and graduate programs. The Associate Director creates a comprehensive training program for students and mentors, designs a curriculum and supporting resources that are developmentally appropriate for students of each class year, provides bi-monthly group meetings for mentors and students, and strategically builds diversity and inclusion attributes into the Career Mentoring Program. To ensure the Center is meeting the needs of all students, the Associate Director also collaborates with Career Excellence colleagues, the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Coordinator of Retention and Academic Support, and International Student Services to create programming for diverse student populations including LGBTQ+, BIPOC , First Generation, and International students. The Associate Director teaches in the Career Classes as appropriate.


• Build mentoring program module within PeopleGrove/Laurentian Connection platform.

• Design comprehensive training program for mentors and students for virtual and in-person delivery.

• Create dynamic, developmentally appropriate, mentoring curriculum with supporting materials for students and mentors; provide bi-monthly group check-in meetings to both cohorts.

• Work with Assistant Director of Marketing, Assessment & Technology to market program and application to students; design mentor newsletter.

• Manage matching process for students and mentors using Laurentian Connection/PeopleGrove platform; offer guidance and answer questions.

• Coordinate and manage Kick-Off event for mentors and students (on-campus and virtual); handle communications and logistics.

• Offer student informational meetings about the Career Mentoring Program; meet with students to answer questions and discuss concerns regarding the program.

• Develop initiatives to add diversity preferences into the mentor/mentee match process.

• Handle mentor and student issues and conflicts that may arise; provide assistance in resolving concerns.

• Work with Assistant Director of Marketing, Assessment & Technology on program evaluations and assessment.

• Assist Advancement colleagues in identifying and recruiting alumni and parent mentors.


• Develop initiatives to add diversity preferences into the Career Mentoring Program mentor/mentee match process; collaborate with Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion on strategies to meet the needs of our underrepresented students and engage alumni from these groups.

• Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Coordinator of Retention and Academic Support, and International Student Services on strategies to meet the needs of our underrepresented students and diverse populations; engage alumni from these groups for student programming.

• Work with Director on strategies to build diversity, inclusion and belonging into the Center’s overall mission, and determine ways to best meet the needs of our current students and reflect today’s St. Lawrence.


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

• Work directly with University Advancement, Laurentian Engagement, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Coordinator of Retention and Academic Support, International Student Services.

• In consultation with Advancement, engage alumni as mentor volunteers to assist students in the career exploration and preparation process.

• 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.


• Assist in teaching the Career Classes as appropriate.

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, career mentoring, diversity and inclusion, shifts in career development, and employer hiring trends.

• 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; 5 years of progressively responsible 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.

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

• Knowledge of mentoring, networking and informational interviewing, diversity and inclusion practices, experiential learning/internships, resumes and cover letters, job search strategies, interviewing, graduate school preparation.

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

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

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

• Ability to maintain the highest level of professionalism and provide exceptional customer service.

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

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

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

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

• Ability to work non-standards hours, including some nights and weekends, is required. Travel may also be required.

Preferred Qualifications

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

• Experience using or familiarity with PeopleGrove platform is strongly preferred.

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

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

Posting Number ST00754

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