Career Counselor

Career Counselor
Department:  Career Center
Date:  03/11/2014


Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and academic program. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:

Career Center

Full-time, 11-Month Academic-Year

The Career Counselor will participate in a wide variety of initiatives for the Career Center, including meeting with individuals and groups of students regarding career planning, career focused workshops, facilitating self-assessment inventories and off-campus programs. In addition, the Career Counselor will administer the job shadow program, conduct workshops for the Colby Connect program and supervise student Career Development Advisors (CDAs). This person will spend the majority of her/his time coaching students individually and provide students with career objectives through advising and evaluation of resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. Ideally this person will serve to enhance the Career Center's emphasis on career coaching and self-assessments.


  • Provide excellent group and individual career counseling to college students
  • Participate in the department’s implementation of the Colby Connect career planning curriculum, including presenting workshops on self-assessment, career exploration, and career-related communication topics
  • Develop and/or present general as well as specialized workshop programming related to programmatic areas, such as self-assessment and career exploration
  • Partner with other departments on campus including alumni relations, parent programming, admissions, campus life, and academic departments
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with local employers to expand the opportunities for job shadowing opportunities
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 1-2 years of experience in a related field
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse student population
  • Ability to effectively and positively counsel college students
  • Knowledge of career counseling/coaching theory
  • Experience with evaluation of relevant career development programming
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation of workshops and related educational experiences for students
  • Strong time-management and data-management skills
  • Willingness to develop as a professional in an office that must be responsive to changing job markets and career/student development trends
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and travel occasionally as required

This position reports to the Career Center Director and works closely to support the Career Center team and supervise CDAs. Interaction with department colleagues, with other members of the campus community—administrative and academic, and outside constituencies including alumni, parents, and employers occur frequently.

Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Walking, standing, bending, and twisting are required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. General office and campus environment with duties that require the employee interact with faculty, staff, students, alumni, museum guests and outside vendors.

Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. Please address your letter of interest, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references to:

Career Counselor - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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