Career Development Specialist: Education, Government, and Social Services Clusters

Career Development

Openings: 1


Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Twin Cities.

JOB SUMMARY:  The Career Development Specialist performs a variety of counseling, programming, employer relations and administrative functions within Career Development.  The primary role of the Specialist is to support the career education and career development needs of students.  And the Specialist will support the implementation of the career interests clusters model including creating group programming, establishing and managing liaison relationships with key academic departments, and building relationships with employers, schools and service programs. The Specialist will work primarily with three Career Interest Clusters: Education, Government and Social Services.

*11-month position*


Cluster Specific Career Advising:

  • Counsels students regarding career decision-making, experiential learning opportunities, full-time professional job search strategies, graduate study and career/life planning.
  • Provides direct service delivery to students through individual appointments, group appointments, presentations and online resources. 
  • Ensures that career assessments and interpretations are available to students within the cluster. (e.g. MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory).
  • Provides support to young alumni (0-5 years) in cluster as resources allow.
  • Maintains records on individual counseling appointments.

 Off-Campus Partners (Employers and Educational Programs):

  • Maintains relationships with employers and educational programs related to career interests of students in cluster. 
  • Assists in sourcing employers and education programs for career fairs, networking events, panels and other programs.
  • Participates in site visits, on campus meetings/events, and career fairs. 

Academic-Specific Programming and Liaisons:

  • Serves as liaison to assigned academic units and special populations to provide assigned outreach/requested programs and information.
  • Meets with key constituent groups (academic advisors, faculty, staff, and student organizations) to identify career development and employment.
  • Regularly connects with academic departments as appropriate for cluster.

Programming and Events:

  • Collaborates with office to provide career events and programs (i.e. Careers Possible, Government Non-profit Fair, etc.)
  • Coordinates and delivers programs relating to assigned career cluster.

Administrative Duties:

  • Coordinates work with First Term Seminar program.
  • Manages testing materials.
  • All administrative functions related to cluster(s) management including: webpage, events management, assessment, evaluations.
  • Engages in professional development in career development field and cluster area.
  • Participate in office, division and College meetings, programs, committees and assignments as directed.
  • All other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required in field related to counseling, student development, or career education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of career development theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage programs.
  • Proficiency with computer databases (i.e. CSO, Simplicity, Handshake) and web-based environments to facilitate service delivery and community outreach.
  • Experience working with undergraduate, liberal arts students.


  • Master’s degree strongly preferred in areas of study related to counseling, student development, or career education.

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
  • References (3)
  • Resume

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


Andrew Coston | | 507-933-7575

Posted: Thu Sep 2, 2021

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