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Job Req ID:  11796

Associate Director, Career & Professional Development

Classified Title:                          Student Career Counselor

Working Title:                             Associate Director, Career & Professional Development

FLSA:                                          Exempt

Department:                               SAIS Global Careers

Status/Hours:                             Sr. Staff/ FT / 37.5 hrs.  


The Student Career Counselor/ Associate Director, Career & Professional Development provides professional development programming to students, and SAIS alumni; manages the non-credit “Professional Skills Courses”, oversees the production of the annual Employment Outcomes Report and Internship report, manages the Summer Internship Fund (SIF); oversees internal and communications for the Office of Global Careers, serves on the SAIS Professional Development Committee (PDC), provides career counseling and training; and maintains ongoing relationships with alumni and employers.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Manage the non-credit "Professional Skills Course Series" offered by Global Careers on the Washington, DC campus and coordinate online skills courses for all three campuses.
    1. Conduct surveys and market research to determine course offerings and develop curriculum.
    2. Identify and recruit instructors to teach courses.
    3. Promote the program to students and alumni.
    4. Manage all administrative aspects of the program including the collection of syllabi, scheduling of classes, booking rooms and registering students for courses.
    5. Collect course evaluations and devise retention strategies.
    6. Track related-expenses (i.e., materials, advertising cost); set and oversee budget
    7. Liaise with registrar and academic departments regarding course completions.
  2. Coordinate the data collection and production of an annual Employment Outcomes Report.
    1. Create and disseminate employment survey to graduates.
    2. Follow-up to achieve high rate of completion.
    3. Analyze results and write report
    4. Work with graphic designer to produce and print final report
    5. Promote and market the report to various constituencies
  3. Oversee internal and external communications for the Office of Career Services to ensure consistency in messaging and branding.
    1. Create and update website content.
    2. Coordinate content for website “Tiles” among all three campuses.
    3. Write and distribute summer newsletters for recent graduates.
    4. Edit internal and external communications as needed.
    5. Draft headline articles for the Career Services Weekly newsletterManage the SAIS Summer Internship Fund (SIF).
  4. Consult with the Professional Development Committee to establish policies and criteria for eligible applicants; with Operations and Development regarding available funding; with Academic Departments regarding concentration awards; and with Student Life regarding travel procedures.
    1. Create all documents required for application and upload materials to SAISWorks. Create Google documents to track applications.
    2. Hold information sessions on SIF and promote the program in SAISWorks and in the Career Services Weekly email.
    3. Process all Washington and HNC applications and send award letters.
    4. Determine award amounts and funding sources for SIF recipients. Work with Frances Scarver regarding payroll procedures.
    5. Ensure students meet SIF completion requirements.
  5. Oversee the collection of summer internship evaluations and prepare Summer Internship report and post to Handshake.
  6. Track and maintain office statistics.
  7. Develop collaborative relationships with faculty, department coordinators, Associate Deans and members of the Development and Alumni Affairs offices.
  8. Serve on the SAIS Professional Development Committee.  Help prepare agenda; take minutes and communicate effectively with committee members.
  9. Counsel students on all aspects of their professional development, including clarification of career goals, providing current information on specific career fields and employment trends, developing effective documents (e.g., resumes, cover letters) and provide advice  on conducting effective employment searches.
  10. Develop career information and employment related programs for students and alumni, to include but not limited to, career panels, career fairs, funding for unpaid internships and other special programs.

Computer & Other Special Needs for Position

Computer and standard office equipment is used on a daily basis.  Must have excellent computer skills (Word, Excel and Access) and to quickly learn other programs as needed.

Degree of Independent Action Performed

Independent decisions on how to best meet a student’s or alumna/us’ professional development needs.  Independently manage professional development programs and events including, but not limited to skills courses, career fairs, mock interviews, employer site visits, alumni forums, and networking events.  Recommend priorities for maintaining relationships with sector-specific employers and alumni.  Recommend development of new career programming for students and alumni.  Maintain and develop online and hard copy, sector-specific resources.

Internal & External Contacts


External contacts:  Frequent contact with alumni and donors for the purpose of organizing career panels, job fairs and other events and to assist the Development Office in obtaining funding for internships.  As needed, contact with associations and organizations for the purpose of professional development in the field of career services and student affairs.  As needed, contact with prospective employers for the purpose of tracking job-market trends and maintaining sector-specific knowledge including job requirements, desired skill sets, hiring procedures and salaries. 

Internal contacts:  Daily contact with students and alumni, either in a counseling, one-on-one role or in teaching career courses and workshops.  Regular contact with faculty and program coordinators, assessing needs of students from various departments and coordinating career services programming with academic units.  Regular contact with staff members in Student Affairs to coordinate career services plans and programs.  Ongoing contact with Development and Alumni Affairs staff to share information regarding alumni and programs to support the SAIS development effort.

Position Requirements

  • Skills & Knowledge


Thorough knowledge of career development theory and applications with special emphasis on trends in international employment across all sectors.


Ability to administer and interpret relevant career development diagnostic tools.


Strong counseling and training skills.


Ability to develop new curricula and teaching materials for a variety of career related courses and workshops.


Demonstrated ability to organize projects and events in a well-planned and effective manner.


Well-developed public relations, speaking and writing skills required to effective represent SAIS; especially in marketing SAIS students to new employers.


Writing and editing skills necessary in handling correspondence and revision of office handouts.


Familiarity with Word, Excel, the Internet and additional software utilized in the Career Development profession.


Openness to learn new technologies for career development.


Team player and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative workplace environment.


Flexibility with hours, especially during periods when programs may extend outside of regular work hours, including limited weekend work.


An international background and cross-cultural sensitivity to international employment issues and sectors.

  • Experience


Minimum of three years experience required (Three to five years preferred) in business or higher education, employer development or related experience.




Master’s degree required.




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