Master’s Professional Development Advisor @ Brown University

February 8, 2021

Job Description: 

Develop and deliver of professional development and career counseling services and programs for Brown master’s students. Provide counseling services and programming in the School of Professional Studies and in partnership with departments, schools, centers, or CareerLAB.  Plan and implement collaborative initiatives with campus colleagues to support career and professional development for constituent groups. Work closely with colleagues involved in master’s career counseling and professional development to support master’s student initiatives and to identify opportunities to continuously improve support for master’s students. 

Major Responsibilities: 

Career Counseling -- 40% 

Supporting Actions: Provide individual counseling services for master’s students.  Utilize current theory, technology, and resources for career advising.  Develop and present skill-building workshops related to the career development process for master’s students with special attention to the needs of international students, historically underrepresented groups of students, Black students, and students in STEM fields. Counseling efforts should be aligned with, integrated with, and supportive of broader campus advising initiatives.  

Deliver programming and develop master’s professional development resources. -- 30 % 

Supporting Actions: Evaluate, develop, and deliver career counseling services and programs for Brown master’s students.  Assess and identify career and professional development needs of master’s students. Design services and programs to meet needs related to self-assessment, career research and exploration, and job search resources and skills.  Work collaboratively with CareerLAB, academic departments, and campus offices for the benefit of master’s student career development.  Assess models of service delivery to develop services on par with comparable institutions.  Assess, develop, and maintain web resources including overseeing the relevant sections of the SPS and CareerLAB websites. Work with CareerLAB Associate Director to build resources and opportunities for master’s students; outreach and engage employers; develop and maintain relationships. 


Collaborate with CareerLAB, department- and school-based career and professional development advisors, and student groups, academic departments, campus centers, and other University offices to develop resources and execute programming related to career planning.  -- 20% 

Supporting Actions: Cultivate and support collaborations and joint efforts to support students, departments, and centers related to work and careers; integrate these efforts with University strategic plans, such as the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, faculty/departmental goals, and curricular and advising initiatives; engage with and  support student leadership in advancing these efforts. Work with colleagues to develop goals, strategies,  frameworks/plans, and processes to engage and support specific constituencies, and assess ongoing progress and  opportunities for improvement. 

Engagement with and support of School of Professional Studies initiatives, projects, and other specific responsibilities -- 10% 

Supporting Actions: Participation in project teams and planning sessions to define and execute overall SPS initiatives    

Serves as a resource to approximately 1100 master’s and professional students in 27 programs 

Decisions Position is free to make: 

  • Management of student caseload, including counseling, programming, and resources 

  • Development of collaborative efforts with campus partners 

  • Development of student programs and counseling initiatives 

Job Qualifications & Competencies: 

Education and Experience  

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 

Job Competencies 

  • Experience counseling students in a higher education environment 

  • Experience working with international graduate students preferred 

  • Experience working with diverse and first-generation graduate students preferred 

  • Knowledge of needs of graduate students in STEM fields preferred 

  • Professional networking knowledge and understanding of and experience with organizational recruiting and talent development (for profit and nonprofit); knowledge of specific clusters of industries. 

  • Ability to build relationships leading to engagement of alumni and employers with Brown, students, and faculty. 

  • Ability to develop and execute relevant programs for students, employers, and other constituencies. 

  • Collaborative work style; strong team player; open-mindedness, inclusiveness and flexibility; ability to work and build collaborations with diverse communities. 

  • Outward focus, change orientation, initiative, and ability to execute and sustain new efforts; focus on learning, data and assessment, documentation, constant improvement, and ownership and accountability. 

  • Attention to detail; excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives and cultures in an inclusive environment.   

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