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  • Career Experience Specialist

    Posted: 02/11/2020

    General Description of Position: The Career Experiences Specialist serves as a strategic partner in developing strategies and planning to assist students and employers with work-and-learn and placement and retention efforts. Reports to the campus Executive Directors of Career Coaching and Employer Connections and works collaboratively with Career Coach, Employer Consultant, Academic Advisors, Deans, K-14 Lead, and other leaders to develop work plans tied to College metrics and ensure services and products meet or exceed customer and campus metrics. Where necessary, may allocate 20% of services to support AYD process in collaboration with college student service departments.This position is a four-year grant funded position.
    Major Responsibilities:

      Partners with campus Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connection and Systems Office Executive Director of Career Experiences to build out campus strategy and plan to meet and exceed related College goals.

    Develops deep understanding and appreciation of career experiences best practices.
    Participates in professional growth, development, and training programs related to career experiences.

    Leads efforts to build awareness of career work-and-learn opportunities at campus and with employers, including, but not limited to, such areas as internships, co-ops, apprenticeships, AYD and other work-and-learn constructs

    Develops and coordinates efforts to support campuses with career development programs in engaging employers directly in recruiting and placing students, by ensuring that campus staff serves as a resource for employers. Partners with career coach to engage students and ensure they are participating in required work-and-learn opportunities and career placement strategies in collaboration with employer consultants.


    Partners with employer consultant to develop, consult, report and analyze student placement data, wages, employment trends, or other pertinent data. Remains current on employment trends and matches those with program opportunities. Provides realistic and attainable metrics on student employment outcomes, and recommend strategies to improve students’ employment outcomes.

    Assists with engagements with Indiana Office of Work-Based Learning, Department of Workforce Development, Commission for Higher Education, and other agencies related to career development and job placement opportunities for the College’s students.

    Establishes and grows a consistent operational model for the campus’s delivery of work-and-learn opportunities and other skill-based practicum experiences. Assists to help connect College programs with employer work-and-learn experiences, improve student usage of related placement tools and increase number of students placed in work-and-learn experiences. Ensures the student completes at least one work-and-learn experience by the 45th academic hour.

    Works collaboratively with K-14 lead, deans, employers and k-12 schools districts in promoting certificates with built-in work & learn experiences supporting high school graduation pathways and workforce pipelines.

    Drives student and employer utilization of technology solutions that support student and career development and student success, including linking with work-and-learn and placement opportunities.

    Participates in weekly and monthly meetings with campus Executive Director of Career Coaching and Employer Connections, Career Coaches, and Employer Consultants. Participates in related annual summits and/or retreats.

    Works collaboratively with AYD employer HR departments to map employee program of study to internal work & learn experiences.

    Coordinates AYD functions with other college services such as admissions, advising,
    registration, financial aid, business office, and other related functional areas at the campus.

    This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with this position may be assigned. All responsibilities will be conducted within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), other applicable regulatory requirements, and professional standards.

    Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. A minimum of two (2) years related experience in career experiences, such as work-and-learn and placement, required. Must demonstrate ability to promote an inclusive environment that reflects the broad diversity and backgrounds represented by our students and employees and which every individual feels respected and valued. Demonstrated skills and abilities to concurrently manage numerous tasks, some with conflicting priorities required. Must have excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. Commitment to student learning outcomes, staff development, and diversity required. Must be able and willing to travel to and from campuses and professional development activities. Ability to work within an entrepreneurial framework and scale a large project required.
    Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree preferred.

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