Career Advisor (931)

American University Washington D.C.
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Get to Know American University

At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant
leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We
envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all
identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully
included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and
outcomes prevail.

Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent
every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally
recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of
public policy, law, the arts, communications, international
development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented,
and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its
strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for
all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for
creating change through our knowledge and our work.

Learn more about American University by clicking here .


An American University career advisor has a broad understanding of
career advising techniques and experiential education and
effectively coaches students from diverse backgrounds and
identities while offering focused advising to students interested
in specific career fields. The advisor develops high-quality
workshops, topical panels, special career-related online resources,
and orientations. The advisor collaborates with other Career Center
staff members to sustain and grow a network of alumni and employers
to enrich networking, internship, and job opportunities for
graduate and undergraduate students.

Essential Functions

  1. Coaches and advises undergraduate and graduate students:
    On developing a career path that integrates academic learning with
    professional goals. Advises students on all aspects of career
    development and the job search, including self-assessment,
    internships, skills assessment, interviewing, networking, and
    crafting job search materials appropriate to the student’s academic
    level. Advises students and recent alumni interested in law school.
    Advisors are expected to combine a broad understanding of career
    advising techniques with current knowledge of job market trends
    relevant to their student population. Advising appointments are
    conducted both in-person and virtually.

  2. Collaborates with colleagues to develop career resources and
    Utilizing student feedback and employment trends.
    Incorporates career competencies into resources and programming.
    Partners with academic administration, faculty, and student groups
    to enhance connection with student audiences. Develops working
    relationships with student leaders to strengthen engagement and
    career event participation. Creates and presents live and virtual
    career and experiential education workshops targeting attendees
    ranging from incoming students to recent alumni.

  3. Analyzes internship and job market trends: Contributes
    to alumni and employer networks appropriate to the assigned student
    population. Incorporates this knowledge into career advising
    sessions. Refers employer contacts and information on potential job
    leads to colleagues.

  4. Meets with teams for regular planning and evaluation: In
    collaboration with other team members, helps coordinate Career
    Center programs or services, such as: career industry events,
    Pre-Law support, Presidential Management Fellows Program advising
    and event logistics.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position reports to the Director of Experiential

  • Within the SPA Team, the Advisor works with one other Advisor.
    Within the Advising Team, the Advisor works with six other Advisors
    and the Alumni Career Advisor.

Work Environment

  • The AU Career Center supports the career development of nearly
    8,000 students from five schools: the College of Arts and Sciences
    (CAS), School of International Service (SIS), School of
    Communication (SOC), School of Education (SOE), and School of
    Public Affairs (SPA).

  • Each year, our Office of Merit Awards prepares more than 300
    students from across the University for nationally competitive
    scholarships and fellowships.

  • We work closely with employers, alumni, and university
    partners, and we are nationally recognized for our work.

  • We are collaborative, collegial, flexible, and fun, and we work
    in a hybrid modality.

  • We celebrate diversity and strive to make our work and
    workplace inclusive, equitable, and accessible, so that students
    and staff alike can experience success as their authentic

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time

  • Exempt

Required Education and Experience

  • A Master's degree is required.

  • 2 or more years of progressive experience in a professional
    setting or advising role.

  • Knowledge of public affairs jobs in public, private and
    non-profit sectors.

  • Must have the ability to function in a fast-paced,
    team-oriented environment.

  • Strong communication and listening skills.

  • Computer literacy including skills with Internet research tools
    and social media.

  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, critical thinking, and
    presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with students, employers,
    faculty, alumni, and other constituents.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Previous experience advising college and/or university

  • Previous experience in a public affair setting (local or
    federal government, Capitol Hill, government affairs, public
    policy, etc.).

  • Familiarity with self-assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type
    Indicator or Strong Interest Inventory.

  • Knowledge of law school application process or the legal

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Position may oversee the administrative work of one or more FWS

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the
    successful completion of a background check.

  • To ensure the health and safety of our community AU requires
    COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff. Click here to learn
    more about our health and safety directive.


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching
retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their
families, several leadership development certificates, and has been
recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly
worksite.Click here to learn about American University's unique
benefit options .

Current American University Employees

If you are a current employee at American University, please log
intoAsuccessfulU through themyAU portal . Once in AsuccessfulU,
please select the Careers tile which will take you to our internal
career page.

Contact Us

For more information or assistance with the American University
careers site, email [email protected] .

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and
regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy),
age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal
appearance, gender identity and expression, family
responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran
status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases
under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its
programs and activities.

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