University of St. Thomas

Career and Academic Success Coach (Dougherty Family College)

Dec 16, 2016
Feb 10, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for Career and Academic Success Coach within the Dougherty Family College.

The Dougherty Family College is the newest college of the University of St. Thomas, opening in the fall of 2017 on the downtown Minneapolis campus.

Offering an associate degree in liberal arts, the college's curriculum will be rigorous and provide graduates with a seamless transition to public or private institutions should they decide to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students will receive mentoring from St. Thomas faculty, participate in paid internships and enjoy the benefits of being part of the state's largest private university.  For more information about the Dougherty Family College, please explore the website HERE.

The Career and Academic Success Coach provides support and information for students seeking employment, including developing resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. The incumbent collaborates with academic programs and student support services to outreach to students seeking career services. Communicates with external stakeholders regarding job trends and opportunities. The incumbent’s work reflects a demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This position will also provide academic counseling to assist students with development of educational goals and assist them in transferring to 4-year institutions.  The incumbent will coordinate internship opportunities for students in partnership with the local business community. 

Essential Functions

  1. Career: Provide career counseling to assist students with clarification of educational goals and career selection, including guidance on career pathways.
  • Assist current students in identifying careers that match their personality type, values, and skills, and assist students with developing educational and career goals.
  • Deliver career services, workshops and one-on-one information related to resume development and professional etiquette.
  • Provide individual and group career counseling and career direction services to students.
  • Conduct career counseling and test interpretations for individuals and small groups.
  • Develop and conduct workshops for students on career exploration, decision-making, goal setting, campus resources, and other related topics using a variety of delivery formats.
  • Facilitate career related classroom presentations, group/club presentations and others as requested.
  • Develop career services and career counseling approaches for all students.
  • Conduct training for new students, and new employees pertaining to Career Services.
  • Provide career consultation and referral services.
  • Coordinate internship opportunities for students in partnership with the local business community.
  1. Academics: Provide academic counseling to assist students with development of educational goals.
  • Provide degree plans for core, major and transfer students.
  • Implement academic advising strategies (syllabus, Individual Education Plans, etc.) and assist students with achievement of career objectives.
  • Assist in supporting graduating students in transferring to other institutions.
  • Provide guidance on academic majors.
  1. Student Success: Contribute to the identification, analysis, and assessment of student success outcomes.
  • Informs students of College's policies and procedures, degree requirements and how to be a successful student.
  • Collaborate with faculty, administrators, and college departments to identify, define, and meet student career planning and career search needs, including setting student success goals and objectives.
  1. Management:  Support and contribute to the day-to-day management of academic and career programming at the Two-Year College.
  • Collect and maintain accurate student records for reporting purposes while maintaining confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Provides front desk coverage, as needed answering phones, facilitating student in-take and screening and greeting students.
  • Oversee special programs, retention projects and activities as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This is a 0.92 FTE, 11-month position with reduced hours in June and July; full time in August.

This is benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Master's Degree in Counseling, Student Personnel, Higher Education, or a closely related field, and three years of experience in career planning and employment services, preferably in higher education. An equivalent combination of education an experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications: experience providing direct career counseling to students, (or similar constituents); and be a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC). 

Knowledge of: Career planning and development process; job search strategies; general counseling principles; academic and career counseling; career development theories, psychological theories of personality development; developmental theories of life span and adaptation; computer software, programs and applications; cultural diversity; College's admission policies and procedures; general policies and procedures within enrollment services and student life. application of job software programs; career assessments; problem solving; operating a computer and other general office equipment; public speaking and training. high degree of computer literacy and the ability to integrate computer technology; one-on-one and group counseling, orientation. Knowledge of the complete Microsoft Office suite of programs.

Skill in: Interpersonal communication and establishing rapport with a variety of personality types and cultural backgrounds; verbal and written communication; maintaining good public relations; customer service; general typing; Excellent collaboration and planning skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Comfortable presenting complex information to various audiences.

Abilities: Create career development programs including but not limited to career pathways; career assessments, interest inventories and test interpretations; demonstrate flexibility; work effectively with diverse higher education populations; cultivate collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff and professional colleagues; understand and use of current educational practices in career counseling; organize activities and coordinate groups of people; prioritize multiple tasks; communicate effectively; work independently and demonstrate initiative; follow-through on assigned tasks; answer routine inquires; make decisions, manage conflict; maintain confidential of sensitive information. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex, demanding environment.  Ability to manage multiple priorities

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website. If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information.

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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