Carthage College
  • 19-Nov-2018 to 19-Apr-2019 (CST)
  • Kenosha, WI, USA
  • Full Time Employee

Career Specialist/Assistant/Associate Director multiple positions available, part-time and full-time



Carthage College recently received a $15 million gift to support the expansion of career development initiatives. The new career development program will position the center as a hub of activity that extends well beyond what you might expect at a traditional career center. The new program will provide all students with career advisors and mentors, as well as opportunities for students to build leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity skills. Carthage's location in the Milwaukee to Chicago corridor provides students access to a wide range of experiential learning and post-graduate opportunities, and its unique J-term and off-campus study program provides global access to expand students' perspectives on the world.

New staff will report to the Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development. Successful candidates will have an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to helping students/alumni from diverse backgrounds to build necessary mentoring relationships and to secure the best experiential learning and post-graduate outcomes to match their goals. The ideal candidate will be a talented collaborator, who is able to balance leading initiatives, working effectively in teams, and completing work independently. This role is about being a connector and convener.  While Career Specialists will do some direct advising, this position involves much more than that to help students build networks and professional skills that will evolve throughout their lifetimes.

Assistant/Associate Directors will take ownership for an office-wide area of responsibility to strengthen skills beyond industry/field expertise. Each staff member in the career center is able to provide leadership on some set of office-wide initiatives; specific responsibilities are determined based upon interest and capability.


  • Serve as liaison to a set of academic departments/areas of study; utilize industry/field expertise related to liaison responsibilities, such as business, entrepreneurship, science, health care, arts, culture, non-profit, etc.
  • Cultivate new relationships and maintain existing relationships with employers/alumni to provide students with access to meaningful internships, shadowing, and other skill-building experiences starting in students' first year on campus. Collaborate with faculty and staff to attract appropriate applicants to positions.
  • Identify and implement strategies for improving students' career preparation, including honing a network-based approach to help students secure a board of mentors. Facilitate peer mentorship between students/alumni, as well as organizing educational opportunities for experienced/emerging professionals to learn from each other.
  • Organize on-campus recruiting activities and off-campus site visits, including job postings, campus interviews, and specialized recruiting events appropriate to the field represented. Maintain accurate records in customer relationship management system to inform practice and demonstrate results.
  • Guide students in ways that help them to secure the best jobs/internships and/or admittance to graduate schools. Advise students/alumni individually and in group settings on topics such as: exploring majors/career interests, understanding intersection of identity and career, developing a professional presence, understanding the nuances of industries/job functions/organizational culture, writing professional documents, and interviewing
  • Utilize appropriate technology and social media tools to provide and promote resources and services for students, alumni, and employers
  • Contribute to community education efforts to help parents, alumni, and community members to understand and apply current best practices in career development
  • Participate in ongoing professional development activities


  • Graduate/professional degree strongly preferred (all areas of study will be considered); Bachelor's Degree is required
  • Must have an interest in working with students, employers, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with interests in a variety of industries/job functions
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Must be team oriented with strong interpersonal skills and ability to think creatively; entrepreneurial spirit and fast-learner
  • Ability to use technology required for the role, such as social media, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and databases
  • Experience teaching or advising college students is preferred
  • Attentive to details; must possess strong writing and editing capability
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends; valid driver's license and willingness to travel (primarily in Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Chicagoland area)


Interested candidates should submit a single PDF file to the Resume Upload section, including a cover letter and resume.  Materials can be addressed to: Lisa Hinkley, Associate Vice President for Career & Professional Development, Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI 53140. Please identify your preference for part-time or full-time. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.



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