Career Services Counselor
Assist students with career and employment activities by meeting in counseling appointments as well as delivering classroom presentations and engaging in additional outreach and support activities. Will serve as a liaison to colleges, schools, faculty and offices within the university structure and operate as part of a team of career counselors. Will actively collaborate with Employer Relations and Cooperative Education & Internship Program teams. This position will have primary responsibilities for coordination of career development programming to students, graduates and alumni aimed at Career Readiness and support university initiatives. The Career Services Counselor reports directly to the Director of Career Services at UW-Stout.
Anticipated start date: July 2021
Minimum / Required
- Masters degree in counseling, student affairs administration, human resources or related field
- 1+ years relevant full-time work experience in career services or student services at the college/university level, human resources, or recruitment
- Ability to provide career counseling, including resume development, interviewing techniques, and job search strategies
- Experience delivering accessible presentations to groups of all sizes, and to provide information with clarity
- Ability to navigate and utilize internet-based job search tools
- Familiarity with current trends/issues in career development and in higher education
- Excellent computer skills and proficiency working with Microsoft office software
- Ability to manage projects specifically the planning, delivery, and assessment of outcomes for career and professional development programs provided to students and alumni
- Ability to efficiently collect and analyze data, as well as generate reports that clearly communicate results
- Ability to work collaboratively with multiple offices/areas across an organization to facilitate programs/events
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
Assist students with career and employment activities by meeting in counseling appointments as well as delivering classroom presentations and engaging in additional outreach and support activities. Will serve as a liaison to colleges, schools, faculty and offices within the university structure and operate as part of a team of career counselors. Will actively collaborate with Employer Relations and Cooperative Education & Internship Program teams. This position will have primary responsibilities for coordination of career development programming to students, graduates and alumni aimed at Career Readiness and support university initiatives.
- Provide Career Counseling services to students, graduates and alumni individually or group sessions on career topics.
- Provide student-centered career services supporting career development programming, career readiness and experiential education for students, faculty, alumni and employers.
- Conduct classroom and student organization presentations on job search topics including resume and cover letter writing, finding a Co-op/internship, job search strategies, interview skill development, and offer/negotiations.
- Utilize computer network systems to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Career Services.
- Develop appropriate relationships with deans, department heads, administrative personnel, program directors, concentration advisors and faculty in matters related to student career and professional development.
- Serve as Career Services liaison for assigned campus offices in coordination and delivery of identified and specific career development and career readiness needs.
- Establish and maintain appropriate public relations and business rapport with recruiters.
- Cooperate with and assist other staff as necessary to maintain high level of efficiency and office morale.
- Serve to support recruitment events, such as Career Conference or others as assigned.
- Assist with career outcome follow up activities to assist in development of the Annual Employment Report, including telephone follow-up and email surveys.
- Have knowledge of campus resources and refer students to other university services as appropriate.
Career & Professional Development Programming
- Manage the planning, delivery and overall execution of career and professional development programs for students and alumni annually.
- Coordinate the development, delivery, tracking and reporting of initiatives that support applied learning, student retention, campus collaborations and university strategic goals. This currently includes the transition of the Student Jobs program to the Career Services Office.
- Implement programming that incorporates NACE Career-Readiness skill building, best-practices, improves retention, increases career awareness and outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with Career Services staff, including the Employer Relations and Cooperative Education & Internship Program teams, faculty, program directors and campus offices.
- Incorporate student learning outcomes that support career services, university and strategic planning goals.
- Operate Qualtrics survey technology to administer surveys to assess career programs, student and alumni appointments and presentations.
- Collect and analyze data pertinent to students participating in targeted career planning programs and services for annual reporting use.
- Develop, coordinate, and continuously research new and innovative strategies supporting the implementation of new programs, workshops, career resources and services.
- Provide other services as assigned by Director.
Applied & Experiential Learning
- Provide support to students in cultivating applied & experiential learning activities, including co-operative education and field experience academic options, specific to career or interest area.
- Assist Career Services to serve as a point of contact for student inquiries related to applied & experiential learning activities.
- Assist in the development of communication and marketing materials to increase engagement of applied and experiential learning programs for all students.
- Support Career Services office and academic programs to implement practices, processes and procedures related to applied learning options.
- Assist in gather any data collection and recordkeeping needed to ensure accurate outcomes for use by Career Services, academic programs and/or university partners.
- Formulate strategies for achieving greater Career Services engagement and participation in applied learning options for those majors that under-utilize available career resources.
- Connect with employers and campus partners to identify new engagement and applied learning opportunities for students in the region.
- Maintain and continually develop personal professionalism at a level of excellence and credibility in representing UW-Stout and the University of Wisconsin System.
- Uphold the basic ethical principles and practices set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the American Counseling Association in all personal interactions involving students, recruiters, and alumni.
- Promote in every possible manner a philosophical belief in the career planning; Co-op and employment function as an integral part of the education process.
- Develop a special sensitivity, respect and awareness of the needs of special populations such as minorities, students with a disability, online students, first generation students, veterans and non-traditional students.
- Actively represent Career Services in professional associations as requested.
- Expectations and requirements of this position during certain times require extended work hours beyond the normal day. The position is considered a total effort position.
Our mission is to educate, engage and empower students and alumni in navigating career and professional development through employer and faculty/staff partnerships.
Our vision is to continue to be a leader in:
- Providing centralized career resources, services, and technologies
- Integrating applied and experiential learning
- Providing data to support informed career decisions
- Remaining adaptive and flexible in changing career needs for all stakeholders
- Building and nurturing strategic relationships to enhance opportunities for students
- Ultimately ensuring students successful transition from college to career
- Inclusion & Diversity: We affirm and possess a commitment to inclusive excellence by serving as a comprehensive career resource for all stakeholders. We welcome and embrace the strengths individuals offer as a result of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/sex, marital status, disability, US veteran status, and socio-economic status.
- Collaborative Partnerships: We affirm and possess a commitment to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with university partners, employers, faculty & academic departments, and student organizations to enhance and increase applied learning and professional employment opportunities for students.
- Technology: We affirm and possess a commitment to utilize current technology across our operations, services, and resources to support student career and professional development, ultimately connecting students and employers.
- Professional & Ethical Practices: We affirm and possess a commitment to adhere and promote the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Ethical Professional Practice to guide and serve our employers, students, and faculty.
Applied Learning: We affirm and possess a commitment to student’s professional development through the Co-operative Education Program. Our Co-op program is a high impact practice that serves as a catalyst for students to gain career-related experiences.
Customer Service: We affirm and possess a commitment to excellent customer service, expressed through knowledge, expertise, and accountability to our stakeholders.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.
UW-Stout offers 49 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees, including three terminal degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students. The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.
The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/our-community
Facts and data about the university: https://www.uwstout.edu/about-us/meet-our-leadership/institutional-accreditation/fact-book
Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.
- Benefit Details: http://www.uwsa.edu/ohrwd/benefits/summaries/fasl.pdf
- Total Compensation Estimator: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/totalcomp/
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.
An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks. Official transcripts required at time of hire.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.
In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
For campus safety information and crime statistics visit: https://www.uwstout.edu/life-stout/police-and-parking/clery-information
Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.
Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.
Required application materials:
- Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications
- Resume/Curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
- Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire
To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. May 13, 2021. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.
Before starting the online application process we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at: https://kb.uwss.wisconsin.edu/21900
It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.
For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Katie Hauge, Employer Relations Manager
If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Nora Winkler
Job Family: Staff
The University of Wisconsin System is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2021. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/