Career Development Specialist- Mentoring and Internship Programs

Career Development

Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time Career Development Specialist- Mentoring and Internship Programs. This is an 11-month position.

Gustavus Adolphus College is a private liberal arts college in Saint Peter, Minn., that prepares over 2,200 undergraduates for lives of leadership, service, and lifelong learning. Fully accredited and known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is internationally recognized for its annual Nobel Conference.

Gustavus Adolphus College recently received a $10 million gift to support the expansion of a high performing career development operation. The position takes on an industry specific community that will provide all students with career advisement, mentors, as well as opportunities for students to build relationships with industry leaders.

The primary role of the Specialist is to support the career education and career development needs of students. The Specialist will support the implementation of the Career Mentoring program and the operations for credit bearing internships and career explorations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Career Mentoring Program:

    • Liaison with alumni, faculty, academic departments, Admission, Advancement, Technology Services, Alumni and Parent Engagement office and National Advisory Boards.

    • Administer program: create/maintain website(s)/social media; budget management/oversight, events logistics and management.

    • Primary manager of People Grove web platform for Mentor Program operations.

    • Oversight of student leadership team.

    • Program development and implementation: content development for monthly emails, printed materials, assessment, and planning.

    • Recruitment of alumni and student participants.

    • Tracking of mentors and mentees; oversight of matching process via software.

    • Responsible for communication between alums and mentees to resolve concerns.

    • Develop and present program/curriculum to educate students on the value of mentors and how to build effective mentoring relationships.

    • Train and support mentors for effective mentoring relationships.

    • Problem solve, make connections and support positive mentoring experiences for mentors and students.

  • Operations of Academic Internship and Career Exploration Programs:

    • Collaborate with Career Development staff (who assist students in securing sites), faculty (who award academic credit and assign learning objectives and tasks) and Registrar’s Office and other offices as needed to document and approve credit bearing internships and career explorations.

    • Manage logistics of specific internship programs (i.e. Wallenberg, Mayo Scholars, etc.).

    • Manage logistics of internship registration process through Handshake (online platform).

    • Update website for resources and process information.

    • Collaborate with faculty sponsors who are responsible to:  track learning objectives and tasks, conduct site visits, and evaluations from site supervisors and students.

    • Support faculty sponsors with logistics of site visit reimbursements.

    • Collect/track/report data on internships and career explorations: numbers, majors, career clusters, credits awarded, etc.

    • Collaborate with students, faculty, site supervisors to problem solve and manage logistics as needed.

    • At direction of Executive Director attend Academic Operations Committee as consultant to faculty.

    • Develop and present program/curriculum to support students in having successful internship and career exploration experiences.

  • Programming and Events:

    • Collaborate with Career Development and other campus offices to provide career events and programs.

    • Take leadership is coordinating cross cluster events and programs (ex: Gusties Today Gusties for Life)

  • Administrative Duties:

    • Collaborate with office and College to create and maintain effective resources:  webpage, brochures, etc.

    • Collaborate with office and College to engage in assessment or programs, events, learning outcomes.

    • Engage in appropriate professional development.

    • Participate in office, division and College meetings, programs, committees and assignments as directed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.

  • Three years of professional work experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs and events: create, plan, present, assess.

  • Proficiency with or ability to gain proficiency with computer databases (i.e. Handshake, PeopleGrove) and web-based environments to facilitate service delivery and community outreach.  

  • Ability to create and maintain effective relationships with students and on and off campus partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred in related field.

  • Experience working with undergraduate, liberal arts students.

  • Strongly prefer ability to take leadership of a program including building and maintaining effective partnerships, problem solving, setting vision and direction,  creating, presenting, assessing programs and events.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process on our website, to complete the online application. A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

  • Online Application

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information for three (3) references

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

Posted on: 04/29/2019


JoNes VanHecke | | 507-933-7526

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019

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