Career Catalyst, Careers with Social Impact Liaison

Search # 2021-0012

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles north of Columbus.

Career Connection invites applications for Career Catalyst, Careers with Social Impact Liaison. This position is a part-time role, averaging 20 hours a week for ten months; reduced hours during the summer months.

The Career Catalyst uses independent analysis and judgement to develop, coordinate, and supervise complex and administrative tasks in order to provide exemplary career assistance to students on campus within the “Careers with Social Impact” Career Community.

The ideal Career Catalyst has experience working with diverse audiences, engaging with and attracting diverse employer contacts and internship opportunities, and providing programming directly related to career needs of diverse students and alumni. 

Responsibilities 

The position encompasses four distinct areas of responsibility:

  1. Student Career Coaching and Event Planning: 
    • Conduct career-advising appointments on resume/cover letter writing, interview strategies, grad/professional preparation, networking strategies, etc. to help students conduct a successful job search.
    • Facilitate student learning by assisting students secure appropriate internships to enhance their overall academic experience.
    • Provide career counseling and guidance to help students determine their desired career path and next steps.
    • Plan and conduct internship workshops and information programs (e.g. Lunch & Learn Information Sessions, Interviewing Skills, Resume Writing workshops, LinkedIn workshops) to provide student professional development.
    • Coordinate Micro Career Fairs, Career Treks, and other events with employer and Alumni involvement.
    • Guide students who find themselves in the minority of certain professional industries, and conduct special events/initiatives for diversity engagement. 
  2. Academic, Department, and Alumni relations: 
    • Work with faculty to understand the internship/experiential learning needs and opportunities for respective department/major.
    • Coordinate with faculty and academic departments to identify and promote internships and opportunities for specific majors.
    • Provide leadership and direction to faculty and departments in the areas of individual assessment, educational choices, career planning/development, and employment strategies for students.
    • Develop relationships with Alumni Partners and regularly connect Alumni with students.
    • Engage and provide resources for a diverse range of Alumni and form Alumni-student connections for special groups and minorities. 
  3. Employer engagement and internship development/coordination: 
    • Initiate, build, and maintain partnerships with employers to develop student opportunities for experiential endeavors locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.
    • Form partnerships with minority-led businesses & organizations to expand opportunities. 
    • Communicate with new and existing employers about upcoming events, opportunities to engage with students, and specific student connections.
    • Organize new and developing opportunities into emails/newsletters for students.
  4. Career Connection team collaboration and data management: 
    • Participate in Career Connection team meetings and Career Catalyst meetings.
    • Engage in team programs such as the Bishop Launch Program and contribute to new resources and technology integration as needed.
    • Provide optimal marketing strategies to connect students with relevant opportunities and events.
    • Track student appointments and notes via Handshake.
    • Maintain employer communication via Less Annoying and Alumni communication via Raiser’s Edge.
    • Organize paper, electronic, and website resources for students within designated majors.
    • Engage in creative initiatives that propel students forward.
    • Collaborate with other catalysts in order to share information, contacts, opportunities, and best practices.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; required
  • Industry experience in career counseling, human resources, or specific career community industry; 3+ years preferred
  • Passion for working with students
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Teamwork mentality
  • Successful experience working with persons from diverse backgrounds
  • Successful experience quickly learning new computer systems and applications

Completed Application Packets Will Include 

  • Cover Letter with salary requirements
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references

Please email application materials to: jobs@owu.edu

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. 

Ohio Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus, in Delaware, Ohio, promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.