Associate Director of Career Development - Business Cluster

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.


The Associate Director of Career Development-Business Cluster performs a variety of leadership, counseling, programming, employer relations, and administrative functions within Career Development.The primary roles of this position will split duties by assisting the Executive Director, 20% of the time, in the leadership of the department and to support the career education and career development needs of students in the business cluster, 80% of the time. This position supports 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.


Associate Director Responsibilities (20%):

  • Reporting to the Executive Director of Career Development, the Associate Director will collaborate with the Executive Director to implement career development initiatives and provide leadership to the department
  • Supervise the operations of the Center for Career Development in the absence of the Executive Director
  • Represent Career Development on college committees and at external events as necessary
  • Supervise career development specialists for the Mentoring/Internship programs and STEM/Arts/Communications
  • Direct Mayo Innovative Scholars Program 
  • Lead Career Development DEI committee
  • Participate in career development engaged learning fund committee

Business Cluster Specific Career Advising (80%):

  • Counsel students regarding career decision-making, experiential learning opportunities, full-time professional job search strategies, graduate study and career/life planning.
  • Provide direct service delivery to students through individual appointments, group appointments, presentations and online resources.
  • Ensure that career assessments and interpretations are available to students within the cluster. (e.g. MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory).
  • Provide support to young alumni (0-5 years) in cluster as resources allow.
  • Maintain records on individual counseling appointments.
  • All administrative functions related to cluster(s) management including: webpage, events management, assessment, evaluations, records.

A. Internship Program Operations:

  •  Maintain relationships with employers and educational programs related to career interests of students in the business cluster.
  •  Assist in sourcing employers and education programs for career fairs, networking events, panels and other programs.
  •  Participate in planning and implementing site visits, on campus meetings/events, and career fairs.

B. Academic-Specific Programming and Liasions:

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

C. Programming and Events:

  •  Collaborate with office to provide career events and programs(i.e. Careers Possible, AccountingFair, etc.)
  •  Coordinate and deliver programs relating to assigned career cluster.

D. Administrative Duties:

  •  Engage 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 in field related to counseling, student development, and 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, and career education.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please continue the process 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
  • Resume
  • 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.

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Andrew Coston | | 507-933-7032

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2022

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