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Colgate University
  • Position Number: 3070924
  • Location: Hamilton, NY
  • Position Type: Career Counseling and Placement

Colgate University

Career Advisor (Multiple Positions)

Requisition Number: 2022S067Posting
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Division: Dean of the College
Department: Career Services

Department Statement:
Colgate University, a premier liberal arts university of approximately 3,100 students, seeks to hire three energetic, student-focused career advisers. Every career advisor coaches students on general career development topics as well as in an industry cluster. These three advisors will be assigned upon hiring to work with students primarily interested in one of the following: arts, creativity, and media; business careers (e.g. finance, consulting, sales, operations, marketing, real estate, and sports management); or STEM and sustainability careers. To understand students needs and be well-versed in the breadth of potential opportunities, this adviser will engage with faculty, alumni, employers, and members of professional associations to build a community of support. This position will report to the associate director of career development. This is a distinctive opportunity for a student-focused professional with a strategic approach to career development.

It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institutions profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous growth. The energy on campus is palpable as four Residential Commons living-learning communities have been developed over the last five years, and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through the creation of an upper-level residential system, career services, and integrated wellness.

Career Services benefits from strong institutional support, reinforced by a clear commitment from Dr. McLoughlin. Under Colgates Third Century Plan, Career Services is committed to achieving best-in-class preparation to launch liberal arts graduates into a global, ever-changing workplace. By carefully harnessing Colgates assets and providing extraordinary opportunities, the Career Services team ensures that all students build core, practical skills and gain competitive experiences that prepare them for a lifetime of success. The career adviser would join this highly-motivated team of 15 professionals at a particularly exciting moment. In fall 2021, the team launched Ascend, Colgates four-year career development process. In fall 2021, the team launched Colgates four-year career development plan. This plan knits together many of the existing and successful initiatives for which the office is known, in addition to providing further opportunities for self-assessment, exploration, and networking in a developmental pathway.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidates Guide to Colgate. In 2021, and again in 2022, the Dean of the College Division was acknowledged by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

Responsible for conducting effective advising of students and young alumni (in the first five years post-graduation) that results in the student's ability to articulate the value of a rigorous Colgate liberal arts education in relation to opportunities of interest. This career adviser will possess positive excitement about helping students explore a variety of professional options beyond what they may have previously experienced. Candidates should have a passion for engaging with a diverse student body, a strong team orientation, and a deep commitment to student development.
Responsibilities include:
  • Implementing effective career advising strategies with deciding and exploratory students.
  • Independently guiding students and alumni in 1:1 sessions and in group coaching through a process of developing a strong sense of self that includes aspects of one's strengths, interests, values, and identity.
  • Assisting students and alumni to research and explore career options, determine best-fit entry points, and pursue opportunities to gain experience.
  • Teaching students and alumni to engage current and potential networks of influencers across business careers.
  • Effectively delivering general skill-based workshops and programs related to job/internship searches and graduate school application processes (e.g.: composing targeted applications, interview preparation, and salary negotiation).
  • Developing and maintaining digital and print resources to advance students' career development.
  • Maintaining a strong knowledge base of industry trends, hiring cycles, alumni connections, and graduate school admission processes related to financial services, consulting, sales, operations, marketing, real estate, and sports management.
  • Teaching students and alumni to engage current and potential networks of influencers.
  • Establishing connections with an assigned campus population or cohorts with unique needs (i.e. first-generation students, international students, etc.) to build support structures for students.

Professional Experience/Qualifications
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a relevant discipline is required.
  • Must be able to build rapport with students and student groups and guide them through an advising process.
  • Must be capable of being a strong advocate for inclusion with a proven ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Must have the capability to understand and communicate the value of a liberal arts education.
  • Demonstrated exceptional written and oral communication skills as well as problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create, develop and give presentations and/or workshops.
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills and the ability to influence other stakeholders to produce positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated strengths in the following: organized, detail-oriented, excellent follow-through and execution skills.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously, as well as work well independently.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Graduate-level courses in student development, counseling, or a similar field highly desirable, as is previous advising experience.
  • Previous professional or personal interest/experience with one of the industry areas of advising (arts, creativity, and media; business; or STEM and sustainability) is preferable.

  • A minimum of a Bachelors degree is required.
  • A Masters degree is preferred.

Other Information
Please provide three (3) professional references. This document can be uploaded under References in the "Documents Needed to Apply" section of the application.

Cover Letter Information
Applicants should note in their cover letter if they have a preference for one specific career advisor (arts, creativity, media; business; STEM and sustainability) role.

Work Schedule:
Weekdays, with occasional evenings and weekends.

Job Open Date:

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions Summary

EEO Statement
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Clery Act
The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgates Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact the Campus Safety Compliance Manager via e-mail at You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at:

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