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Assistant Director for First-Year Career Initiatives

St Edwards University
Austin, TX
  • Expired: August 31, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.
Assistant Director for First-Year Career Initiatives


St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for First-Year Career Initiatives. The Assistant Director for First-Year Career Initiatives is responsible for administering and supporting career programs and services, building relationships with stakeholders (students, alumni, faculty, and external partners), and implementing student programming initiatives in collaboration with the CAPD team and the Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator. The Assistant Director will develop, oversee, and execute career development outreach initiatives focused on St. Edward's University first-year residential students. The Assistant Director for First-Year Initiatives will also complete the primary responsibilities of a Career Coach including individual career coaching/advising to students and alumni of the university; identifying and promoting internship, part-time and full-time employment opportunities; and providing career related education through workshops, classroom presentations, and instructional guides. Each Career Coach will be assigned to a specific School, while maintaining responsibility for a student cohort and serving as liaison to the faculty and other School stakeholders. In order to support active involvement within the larger St. Edward's community, staff are also encouraged to take on additional responsibilities outside of the office that support the academic mission of the institution. This is a full-time, live-on (on-campus private apartment provided as part of compensation package), twelve-month position reporting to the Director for Career and Professional Development.

For consideration, Master's degree in counseling, higher education, human resources or related field preferred. At least three years, preferred four years of related experience in career advising/academic advising/other relevant student support services, marketing, sales, and/or recruiting in industry, government, education, or the private sector. Possess strong presentation, negotiation/sales, and written/oral communication skills. Ability to use standard office software, including spreadsheet and database applications to generate analytical reports. Preferred understanding and familiarity with multiple areas of professional development pertaining to the job search, application, and interview process. General familiarity with job search techniques, such as creative job search strategies, interviewing skills, and resume preparation. Understanding of international student population needs and legal issues pertaining to their curricular and optional practical training (OPT and CPT) restrictions. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse students, faculty, and employers. Ability to function effectively as a member of a cohesive team. Ability to comply with workplace guidelines and attendance requirements.

Essential Responsibilities Include:
  • Perform individual career advising and coaching, especially with students in assigned School on: career and values exploration, job search, career/major decision-making and goal-setting, internships and experiential opportunities, and graduate school application/admission.
  • Develop, oversee, and execute career development campus-wide initiative specifically for first-year residential students tied to career readiness and career exploration
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director for Second-Year Career Initiatives to create, plan, and execute career and professional development trainings for the Office of Residential Life
  • Serve as a primary representative for CAPD to the Office of Residence Life at St. Edward's for CAPD to infuse career development into the residential living experience
  • Collaborate with Programming & Events Coordinator and stakeholders in assigned School to develop, implement, and assess programming efforts for students and alumni in assigned School.
  • Administer career assessments, provide interpretation of test results, and advise students on professional development.
  • Provide support and critiques to students and alumni with resume/cover letter writing, professional networking, and interviewing strategies.
  • Develop and deliver effective career-related workshops, seminars, and career planning/internship courses, in person and online.
  • Remain current on job market trends and career opportunities for students and alumni of the university.
  • Assist with development of career/professional development-based written and web-based resources including handouts, online instructional guides, and articles for assigned School.
  • Actively develop and strengthen relationships and partnerships, working closely with Department Chairs, faculty, and staff in role as office liaison to assigned School.
  • Develop strategy and tactics rooted in best practices for assigned School.
  • Schedule and document career advising sessions in internal systems.
  • Assist in assessing usage and effectiveness of office programs and services through measurable data collection.
  • Assist with planning, development, and marketing of office-sponsored fairs and events.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

For detailed information, please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the job description.

The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

Medical & Rx Coverage - UMR (HSA & FSA Available)

Dental - Sunlife Dental

Vision - Sunlife Vision Plan

Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pet Insurance

Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

Retirement Plan - (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

Tuition Benefits

Paid Holidays

Services & Discounts

An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at; .


Interested applicants should submit an online application at; . Please include resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.

In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.


St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,600 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.



We are not offering sponsorship at this time.

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

Available: August 31, 2022

St Edwards University


3001 S Congress Ave

Austin, TX
78704 USA



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