Career & Internship Coach

Posted: 02/11/2024

Career & Internship Coach


(Senior)* Career & Internship Coach


LOCATION: W.A. Lettinga Campus - Grand Rapids, Michigan*


*Hybrid Schedule: 3-days in office (One day in Lansing and 2 days in Grand Rapids) and as needed for events*


DEPARTMENT: Career Services & Experiential Learning


PAY RANGE: $40,000 - 44,500


The Role:


As a Senior Career and Internship Coach you will provide excellent service to students and alumni for their career preparation and advancement needs. Your primary objectives are to help students with all aspects of professional development as well as assisting students in finding employment both during their education and after graduation and support students' long-term career goals. You will also support industry-recruiting goals through partnerships and support of employers who seek qualified candidates for their open roles. These responsibilities are performed in an ethical manner consistent with the University's mission, vision, and values that include diversity, equity and inclusion.


You Will:


Use the following tools: DU Career Guide, PathwayU Assessments, Handshake employer job board and event system, Quinncia AI for resume review and interview practice, social media, in-person, phone, and computer systems, and internal resources will all be used to be successful in the following responsibilities:


• Provide management oversight, including interviewing, hiring and training of our work study and intern teams as well as provide new career coach training and peer mentoring on-going.

• Assist students and alumni in identifying personal goals, developing essential skills and planning career moves.

• Meet one-on-one with students and alumni to provide assessment that will help them determine an academic or career progression that will meet the needs of the student's long-term goals.

• Meet one-on-one with students and alumni to identify effective internship/practicum or experiential learning opportunities and job search strategies that will meet the needs of the students' on-time graduation and long-term career goals.

• Guide students through the internship / practicum approval process for credit bearing internships.

• Collaborate with faculty and advisors to ensure the appropriate experience is gained between internships / practicums, 489 project course work or Credit for Prior Learning.

• Assist students and alumni in the development, review, and modification of resumes and other application documents to ensure it is in accordance with industry, ethical, and currently accepted human resources guidelines including professional writing assistance, for resumes, CV's Cover Letters, letters of inquiry, writing samples and thank you letters.


You will love this job if you are:


• A collaborator and contributor to team goals

• Willing to support others on the team to ensure progress toward our common objectives.

• Someone who thrives in a fast-paced team-oriented culture.

• Despite a busy task list, you're organized and productive.

• Someone that loves fostering inter-departmental, student, and employer relationships.

• Excited about problem solving and communicating ideas with team members, students, internal, external and community partners


Awesome if You Have:


• A Bachelor's Degree.

• Demonstrated experience in providing job search assistance.

• Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and deliver classroom and workshop presentations.

• Demonstrated ability to adapt presentations and career assistance skills to students in a variety of delivery methods, including electronic delivery for online students.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and promote a positive working. environment, spirit of cooperation and positive reactions to change and conflict resolution.

• Demonstrated ability to maintain relationships with students through completion of a successful job search.

• A track record of follow through and project completion.


Extra Awesome If You Have:


• A Master's Degree.

• *Career Development, Career Coach or Employment Specialist credentials.

• Job or workforce Development Experience or a background in recruiting or talent acquisition.

• Experience with Handshake, Banner, and BlackBoard systems.


Our culture, benefits and perks Empower U with:


• Freedom to grow. We offer free or reduced tuition for staff, spouses and dependents. Nationally recognized internal training and leadership programs, and career development. Is your program not available at DU? Ask about Tuition Assistance.

• A caring culture DU values work-life balance and offers generous and flexible paid time off, 403(b) with an employer contribution plus the opportunity for an additional employer match with an employee contribution, paid volunteer time off, relocation benefits and more…

• A Healthier U. Wellness program, free use of Athletic Facilities, Employee Discounts, and access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP.)


About Davenport University:


At Davenport University, we know what it takes to be successful. With over 155 years of providing quality education under our belts, thousands of Davenport graduates are making an impact on the world with the knowledge and skills they learned here. Our team of faculty and staff collaborate to make this possible. Joining DU means growing and advancing your own career, while making a lasting impact on our students, colleagues and the communities in which we serve.


Diversity and Inclusion:


At Davenport, we believe that engaging diversity, equity and inclusion is essential to achieving educational and institutional excellence. We invite you to join us as we band together to create an environment of equity and inclusivity that leverages diverse life experiences, ideas, backgrounds and perspectives. We respect diversity and are committed to fostering an environment of support, inclusiveness and learning, both in the workplace and throughout the application process. With that in mind, we welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including people of color, people with disabilities, Veterans and the LGBTQ + community. We recognize that not all job seekers have all the preferred qualifications listed in the job ad, but we strongly recommend that you apply if you meet most of the criteria.


About Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Join our dynamic team in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where work-life balance is not just a concept, but a way of life. Nestled along the scenic Grand River and situated in close proximity to the breathtaking shores of Lake Michigan, our city offers an unparalleled quality of life for individuals and families alike. Experience the charm of a city known for its friendly philanthropic community, diverse cultural scene, and abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, including pristine beaches and water activities on Lake Michigan. Grand Rapids is not just a workplace; it's a place where your family can thrive amidst a strong sense of community, excellent schools, and a wealth of family-friendly attractions. From award-winning craft breweries and farm-to-table dining to world-class art exhibits and music festivals, Grand Rapids provides an enriching environment for both personal and professional growth. Join us in a city where every day is an opportunity to blend career success with the joys of family life.


Would you like to be part of our success? It all starts here! EEO-Davenport University is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of a person(s) national origin, race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, transgender identity, veteran or military status, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other category or classification protected by law.


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