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Assistant Director, Career Design

Apply now Job no: 492833
Work type: Full-time
Location: Chester
Categories: Administrators

Widener University is currently seeking an Assistant Director of Career Design. Reporting to the Executive Director of Career Design and Development, this role provides support to students across disciplinary areas. Career Design and Development is a department within the University’s integrated and holistic Student Success Division.

Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.

In addition to the above COVID-19 statement, all employees, who do not already have an approved exemption, are also required to receive a booster dose of either the Pfizer, Moderna or J&J vaccine no more than 7 days after you become eligible.

The individual within this role impacts student success from day one on campus by serving as a first-line resource for career education, resources, and assessment modalities in early career exploration. The incumbent serves on a team of solution-oriented professionals committed to empowering individuals to design and attain rewarding career pathways.

Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Career Design and Development holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment. Faculty and staff are active participants in our work to enhance diversity, equity, & inclusion, including representation on the Faculty Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Diversity Leadership and Inclusion Council.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Provide in-person and online career exploration advising to a wide range of undergraduate students, with assigned populations including the School of Nursing, Exploratory Studies students, and selected majors within the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Serve as office lead for researching trends and resources in early career exploration and academic major decision-making.
  • Serve as office liaison and lead trainer for FOCUS2, Jobscan, and Big Interview career platforms; develop related educational videos for student and faculty use.
  • Partner with the Assistant Director, Experiential Learning on Career Design and Development team to manage the Widener Works job and graduate school shadow program.
  • Collaborate with Associate Director, Employer Partnerships to create and implement in-person and virtual career fairs and networking forums to facilitate connections with prospective employers across fields and interests.
  • Serve as primary career counselor for School of Nursing students.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Assist with gathering program utilization data each semester and with gathering career outcomes data for recent graduates.
  • Represent department at weekend admissions events an average of twice per semester.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or related area of study.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of student career advising experience with demonstrated knowledge of early career exploration strategies and resources. Graduate internship experience will be considered.
  • Experience and comfort level advising individuals across differences, i.e., in life stage, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender identification, etc.
  • Comfort level and adaptability to leverage technology to provide virtual support as needed.
  • Excellent presenter with superior communication skills.


  • Career coaching or assessment certifications such as MBTI, GCDF, etc.


  • Delivery of early evening student workshops an average of twice monthly as well as representing Career Design and Development at weekend admissions events an average of twice per semester.

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at


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