Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Center – CNS Advising (Hybrid Opportunity)



Job description

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About the College of Natural Sciences (CNS)

CNS is the largest academic unit on the UMass Amherst campus, includes 13 departments and two schools, serves over 7,000 undergraduate students and nearly 1,000 graduate students, and has a presence in 18 buildings on Campus.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development Center will work under the general direction of the Director of Career & Professional Development Center in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), to plan and organize career development and experiential learning activities for CNS undergraduates and recent alumni in cooperation with department heads and faculty. Tailored to the needs of departments, these activities may include individual counseling, career education programs/classes, career fairs, alumni mentoring and shadowing and career research. This position will work to provide a comprehensive student development program which serves all majors.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Counsels and advises individual students and recent alumni; evaluates level of career preparedness using assessment techniques; advises students about career options related to their interests and qualifications, provides guidance on jobs/internships search techniques including use of social media and relevant technology and the availability of internship and employment opportunities; identifies factors inhibiting career decisions-making and makes appropriate referrals.
  • Initiates, designs and implements strategies which maximize student participation in career development activities prior to graduation, and may include courses and workshops, career fairs, presentations involving alumni and employers, and mentoring and shadowing events.  Enlists faculty support and involvement; advises deans, department heads and academic advisors regarding employment and occupational trends and their implications for CNS graduates.
  • Collaborates with Central Career Services and other on campus careers centers regarding campus fairs, and initiatives.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled unit and college meetings; participates in ongoing professional development.  Participates in establishing unit goals and objectives based on the needs of departments, students, recent alumni and employers. Understands, is committed to, and supports unit and University’s affirmative action and non- discriminatory regulations, policies and goals.  Utilizes assessment strategies in program management and advising and is committed to supporting established student learning outcomes.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree with three (3) years of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.
  • Current knowledge of job market, occupational outcomes of a variety of disciplines, and knowledge of career guidance and job search tools, such as LinkedIn.
  • Excellent verbal, counseling, and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills incorporating current technology.
  • Experience with career management systems such as eRecruiting, NACElink, Handshake, as well as using JobBoards.
  • Experience in writing and teaching about resumes and cover letters, interview preparation and job search strategies.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Experience with assessment methodologies and data analysis.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree with one (1) year of college level career counseling, advising, field placement or other relevant work experience.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.

Work Schedule

  • Required to work some nights and weekends.
  • This position has the opportunity for a hybrid work schedule, which is defined by the University as an arrangement where an employee’s work is regularly performed at a location other than the campus workspace for a portion of the week. As this position falls within the Professional Staff Union, it is subject to the terms and conditions of the Professional Staff Union collective bargaining agreement.

Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Schedule

How to apply

Apply online

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter, Diversity Statement (see below), and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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