Rice University Assistant Director, Career Development in Houston, Texas

Position Information
Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Career Development supports the mission of the Center for Career Development (CCD), which is to educate, connect, and empower students to pursue their professional goals. The Assistant Director coordinates and supervises career planning programs and provides career advising on an individual and group basis to serve undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni. S/he enhances the knowledge and skills of students that lead them to make informed decisions about internships, careers, and graduate school to prepare them for professional advancement.

The Assistant Director for Career Development develops objectives to increase student usage of CCD services and monitors student satisfaction related to career development program participation; outcomes include demonstrating knowledge of self and respective/selected industries, fields, and career paths. S/he collaborates with other members of the Career Development team in developing programs and workshops for students in classroom settings, residential colleges, and student organizations. The Assistant Director collaborates with the Employer Relations team and integrates the career development program with employer events and activities, including the career expositions, workshops, and information sessions.

The Assistant Director for Career Development assists the Associate Director in marketing the career development program and in promoting the Center’s initiatives and mission, including communication with its clients. S/he maintains relationships with university career centers to benchmark for current advising and assessment techniques, and contributes to updates of the Center’s web site to reflect career development initiatives and activities.

The Assistant Director assists the Director of CCD in the administration of the CCD’s mission and assumes additional responsibilities as needed and time permitting: special projects, university liaison, college involvement, academic liaison.

Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for education requirement.

Education Preferred

Advanced degree.

Experience Required

2 years

Type of Experience

Experience in a university or business setting working with students and their postgraduate plans, or experience in human resources, advising/counseling, or another closely related field.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred
  • Three years of experience or more in higher education; experience in career development and/or advising/counseling; experience in delivering student services in an academic setting; previous college experience in leading instructional seminars, including course design and evaluation.

  • Experience with Rice University.

  • Experience using social media communications as an advising/counseling and/or marketing tool.

License/Certification Preferred
  • Certification in the administration of the MBTI and/or Strong Interest Inventory.
Skills Required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; diplomacy skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; independence and initiative; pro-active attitude towards students.

  • Must be able to interact and collaborate with staff and faculty leaders, gain the trust and confidence of students, and train students for positions of leadership.

  • Must have the diplomacy, patience, and tact necessary to successfully address a wide range of interactions with administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members.

  • Must be able to handle routine interruptions by students and others seeking assistance.

  • Creative problem solver and knowledge of job functions.

  • Microsoft, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Knowledge of business/hiring/salary trends.

Skills Preferred

Social Media skills (Twitter, Facebook, RSS).

Internal / External Contacts

INTERNAL: Students, faculty, Student affairs staff, Student leadership, Academic departments, and Career Center staff.

EXTERNAL: Alumni and employers; additional contact with university career centers to benchmark programs.

Physical Demands

Must be able to move about the campus to meet with students, faculty, and staff. Sit at a computer up to eight hours a day. Minor equipment set up as necessary for workshops and other events.

Working Conditions

Work weekends and evenings on a periodic monthly basis during the academic school year depending on recruiting/advising/career exposition cycles. May require extended working hours, including Saturdays and Sundays. Occasional travel to conferences or employment treks.

Security Sensitive


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Job Duty Name

CCD Team support and Misc:

Description of Job Duty
  • Represent CCD on various committees and work groups, and act on behalf of the Director or Associate Director(s) as requested.

  • Assist Employer Relations team at Career Expo’s and other assigned employer/recruiting events when needed.

  • Assist Director, Associate Director, and/or other CCD staff in projects or filling in where needed during periodic workflow constraints.

  • Employees may be assigned or required to perform additional duties to the benefit of the department or University.

  • All employees serve as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

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Job Duty Name

Center For Career Development Support:

Description of Job Duty
  • Associate with a Residential College to help expand role and CCD brand beyond Huff House, and in office-wide functions such as recruiting and counseling activities.

  • Associate with an Academic Dept, for example (Engineering, Science, Humanities, Social Sciences) and serve as primary liaison to promote CCD events.

  • Maintain student counseling records on RICElink, including timely logging of hours and entering notes.

  • Produce progress reports on program initiatives; assist with the Center’s Annual Report.

  • Conduct educational/informational sessions for faculty and staff.

  • Represent Rice and the Center at professional associations and meetings.

  • Develop print and online reports and written resources, such as guides and Web site content.

  • Research and report on current best practices and progressive practices for general and specialized areas of career counseling.

  • Assist with maintenance of current or proposed electronic and social media resources.

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Job Duty Name

Career Development teaching and program management:

Description of Job Duty
  • Conduct career and professional development workshops to the constituencies served by the CCD (students, alumni, faculty, staff). Topics include understanding the internship/job search, job offer negotiation process, resume and cover letter writing, interview, networking, and employer panels.

  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver career and internship workshops and events in all areas of career development, including video casts, webinars, podcasts, panel discussions.

  • Manage and mentor assigned group that works with the CCD. (Could include Peer Career Advisor Group, Graduate Student Association, student workers, or other assigned group).

  • Track progress and develop new outreach, training, or approaches as needed.

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Career Development Advising:

Description of Job Duty

Enable students to make informed career decisions and prepare for long-term professional advancement by:

  • Advising students (undergraduates and graduates) and recent alumni on an individual and group basis (could include teaching a career development credit course), on internship, employment and graduate/professional school options.

  • Conducting Career Development Workshops and devise new curriculum when needed.

  • Assisting students in identifying their values and skills.

  • Facilitating students’ exploration by conducting assessments and guide students to relevant internship, career and graduate school information.

  • Developing solid understanding of Employer Profiles, Job functions, employment market conditions and hiring trends and incorporating into career counseling sessions.

  • Researching and sharing industry expertise with CCD staff (student organizations, faculty as needed).

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Job Title: Assistant Director, Career Development

Department: Center for Career Development

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time

Requisition Number: S17492

Open Date: 06/19/2017

Salary Information: Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work weekends on a periodic basis during the academic school year depending on recruiting/advising/career exposition cycles. May require extended working hours, including Saturdays and Sundays.

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Eligible for Overtime: No