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Posting Date
February 7, 2019
Position Title
Career Advisor, College of the Arts, Career Services
Vacancy #
College of the Arts
Academic Affairs
Job Description

The College of the Arts (CART) Office of Career Services at Montclair State University provides high-quality career-focused advising, educational programming, and related services to College of the Arts students that help them leverage their creative talents into successful and rewarding careers. Reporting to the Director of CART Career Services, the CART Career Advisor will support the director in the development of meaningful cooperative education and internship opportunities; providing individual career counseling services, resume reviews, and group workshops and presentations; and working closely with a culturally diverse population of faculty and students to support career preparation, employment opportunities, employer development and events. The Career Advisor will also cooperate with the college’s academic advisors and student services team through special projects and possibly providing advising support during peak-advisement periods, under the leadership of the Assistant Dean.   
•    Provide expert, industry-specific, career advising/counseling to students in both individual and group-based settings. This includes career assessment and exploration, decision-making, resume improvement, job/internship search strategies, interviewing skills, job offer evaluation, salary negotiation, graduate school planning, and professional tools and correspondence (cover letter, personal statement, professional portfolio, LinkedIn, etc.). 
•    Help coordinate a robust cooperative education (“co-op”) program, including:  meeting with a caseload of students and co-op faculty; processing all forms; and giving students permits (through Banner software) for the co-op course appropriate for their major. 
•    Work closely with Director of Career Services to build strong relationships with Chairs, Directors, and faculty across the four schools/ departments of the College of the Arts to form collaborative partnerships that increase the presence of academically embedded career education and programming in all majors. 
•    Collaborate with the Director of Career Services to create opportunities for students to explore career fields, develop professional contacts, and build marketable experience by networking with relevant recruiters, employer contacts, and College alumni. Support the director with employer relations.
•    Help plan and implement multiple career-related events, workshops and classroom presentations each semester on topics related to job and internship search strategies and the career development process. Build alumni and peer mock interview programs.
•    Collaborate with the College of the Arts Web & Digital Content Manager to regularly evaluate and update the department’s webpage.  Promote programming through posting to social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and circulating announcements.
•    Support student clubs and organizations by collaborating with relevant student and staff leaders to provide tailored career programing and networking event opportunities.
•    Help manage student and employer accounts and approve internship and job postings in Symplicity software.
•    Assist in supervising student workers (where applicable) who support the overall efforts of the Career Services office.

Qualifications & Requirements


•    Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s Degree.
•    Minimum of three years of professional or paraprofessional experience in a direct student services role; a Master’s Degree in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
•    Possess knowledge and experience in most or all of the following areas: career development theory and resources; cooperative education and internships; human resources; resume writing; job search strategies; and making presentations.
•    Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
•    Possess a commitment to facilitating student learning and career development. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills including ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals. Strong organizational and project management abilities including an interest in working in a team environment. Must welcome diversity and enjoy working with people from many different cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.


•    Master’s Degree in higher education and student affairs, college student personnel, counseling, educational leadership, or a related field.
•    Additional education in an area of the arts.
•    Experience using Banner and Symplicity.
•    Enthusiasm for working with arts and communication students.

Salary Range

Commensurate with Experience

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Organizational Marketing Statement:

Montclair State University

With a proud history and a vibrant future, Montclair State University is one of New Jersey’s most diverse and dynamic institutions of higher education. One of four public research institutions in the state, Montclair State is a designated R2 Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


Located 12 miles west of New York City on a 252-acre suburban campus which boasts modern, state-of-the-art facilities complemented by green spaces, public plazas and striking Spanish Mission architecture, the University offers a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus; a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level; and a highly productive, dedicated and diverse faculty and student body. 


The University’s 11 colleges and schools offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs, and with more than 120 student organizations and 18 NCAA Division III athletic teams for men and women, Montclair State offers its students a comprehensive college experience.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity.

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