Jul 14

Department: Success Center, Office of Academic Affairs

Reports to: Director of Success Center

Classification: Full-time, Exempt (salaried)

Date Prepared: July 7, 2014


Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Success Center’s mission is to develop competent and effective urban leaders by providing services that direct, inspire, and inform students to optimize their experience at Marygrove, assist students to excel academically, and prepare students for meaningful and impactful careers through success coaching, experiential learning, and skills development.

The Experiential Learning Specialist will report to the Director of the Success Center and is responsible for developing and expanding the career services program aligned with Marygrove’s priorities.  The position will work closely with Academic Advisors to ensure that career development and placement services meet the unique needs of each academic discipline and will maintain and develop working relationships with other Student Affairs units, community service agencies, and employers.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Administer/manage a comprehensive and intentional career services operation that enhances the overall educational experience of students through the development of, exposure to, and participation in on and off campus career preparation opportunities
  • Serve as the conduit between the external professional network environment and Marygrove College, including the establishment and logistical support for student internship/coop/experiential learning opportunities/placements
  • Oversee/coordinate the recruitment and involvement of undergraduate students in new as well as on-going co- curricular programming at the College, including supporting the administrative and developmental needs of faculty incorporating experiential learning activities (professional internships, coop, service learning, community-based learning, etc.) in their courses
  • Oversee employer relations, on-campus recruiting program, and internships programs
  • Organize a comprehensive library with up to date materials needed by students making career decisions and conducting job searches
  • Provide consultation to businesses and academic programs in the establishment of highly effective internship/coop  programs
  • Ensure that the Career Services meets the standards set forth in the National Association of Colleges Employers standards for professional conduct
  • Serve on college committees, and task forces, as designated by position or by appointment
  • Keeps abreast of developments in career services through professional associations, regional memberships, bulletins and other written resources, webinars, and conference attendance
  • Act as the College representative on regional higher education career services boards and committees
  • Prepare reports, as needed
  • Perform other related duties as required

Career Coaching Responsibilities

  • Develop, and deliver programming to support the professional preparation of students, including but not limited to workshops, support professional documents critiques, and interview skills as well as how to best present themselves and represent Marygrove College to professional organizations and graduate schools
  • Counsel students individually and in groups on career planning
  • Plan and deliver Career Development and Job Search Services to current students and alumni
  • Train Success Coaches and other staff and peer mentors on Career Coaching


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and experience working in career services or placement in higher education with specific expertise in coop programing, internships, and service learning.

  • Knowledge of student development theory in general and career development and placement programming in particular
  • Commitment to student engagement and cultural and ethnic diversity, including the ability to understand and articulate needs and concerns of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education
  • Collaborative leadership style with the ability to build productive relationships in the campus and regional communities
  • Experience coaching and mentoring students
  • Experience developing and tracking metrics related to placement and employer account development/maintenance
  • Skilled at both developing personal connection with students and sales/marketing, in order to develop employer accounts
  • Program design and program/project management skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong problem solving skills
  • Innovative, creative, and dynamic professional who is passionate about student development
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Ability to oversee special events like Career fairs
  • Understanding of and commitment to Marygrove’s Vision, Mission and Values

Preferred Qualifications:

The following qualifications are desired: ability to administer and interpret career assessment inventories including SDS, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence, and others; a broad industry acumen including fine arts, science and math, business, education, health care, social work, social justice and other fields associated with a liberal arts institution; and experience developing and leading training programs.

Technology Skills Required:

Must have strong computer skills including experience with database management (i.e. Datatel, Banner Web); experience with job search sites (i.e. NACE, internships.com, and others); experience with social media platforms and marketing, experience using Microsoft Publisher or other programs to create marketing and communication materials; in-depth experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and ability to learn additional software programs as needed.

To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter and three employment references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (state title of position on subject line). The screening process will continue until a successful candidate is chosen. For information on the College, see www.marygrove.edu

 Marygrove College is committed to achieving a faculty and staff that is reflective of its diverse student body, and welcomes and encourages applications from members of communities historically underrepresented in higher education. EOE


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