STEM Career Counselor - University of San Diego in San Diego California

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University of San Diego

San Diego, California 92110

United States


Detailed Job Description

STEM Career Counselor

Department: Career Services


Job IRC#14570

Job Description:

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career counselor serves as the liaison between STEM majors within the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering/ College of Arts and Sciences and the University Career Center. The Career Counselor is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive career development program to meet the career development needs of STEM students and alumni. The position provides career counseling to students and alumni in the areas of self-assessment, career exploration, decision making, internship and job search preparation, and graduate and professional school planning. The Career Counselor develops and implements workshops, career events, and networking opportunities for STEM students in the School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will work with the Employer Relations Coordinator to develop and implement a comprehensive employer development and outreach plan that engages employers, alumni and parents from various sectors and industries to increase job and internship opportunities for STEM students and graduates of the School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

This position works under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Career Services with consultation from the Dean of the School of Engineering and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences.  This position exercises supervision over clerical and student staff for projects and programs.

Examples of Work:

• Career Counseling

• Liaison Responsibilities

• Recruiter/Alumni Relations

• Program Development and Management

• Professional Development


• Master’s degree in related area (College Student personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, Human Resources)

• Two years of experience providing career counseling in a university setting; preference given to candidate’s with experience working with STEM majors

• In-depth understanding and application of college student development theories, career development theories, and/or counseling theories. 

• Ability to provide responsive and confidential career counseling to diverse clients

• Ability to plan and facilitate group presentations and workshops

• Ability to work with community partners on and off campus; preference given to candidates with experience working with STEM employers and majors

• Demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the following:

• program management 

• educational resources management

• online resources management

• graduate level intern supervision

• Presentation, writing, and MS-Office skills

• Ability to work collaboratively on team projects with diverse individuals

• Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

• Qualified to administer and interpret career assessments

• Knowledge of counseling theories and practice

• Knowledge of career development theories and practice

• Familiarity with current research

• Knowledge of resume construction

• Knowledge of interviewing techniques

• Knowledge of job search strategies

• Knowledge of career-related literature

• Knowledge of career resources, career trends, and Internet resources

• Knowledge of employment trends and current job market information; particularly in the STEM fields

• Familiarity with career resources vendors

• Understanding of local, state and federal labor markets

• Familiarity with library reference resources

• Understanding of cultural diversity issues

• Ability to work positively and effectively within teams and with diverse populations

• Counseling/advising skills

• Oral and written communication skills

• Organizational skills

• Presentation skills

• Consulting/networking/interpersonal skills

• Group communication and facilitation skills

• Needs assessment and interpretation skills

• Project planning, managing, and evaluation skills

• Ability to supervise graduate-level practicum projects

• Ability to conduct outreach to employment community

• Ability to work with MS-based software packages, including Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel 

• Ability to perform online career-related research

• Word processing and data management skills

• Flexibility and versatility in order to contribute to evolving work situations

• Ability to travel as needed to on- and off-campus sites

• Ability to set and meet objectives for professional development

• Understanding and appreciation of the mission and values of the University and of the Career Services office

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.   

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.  

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Business & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours per week: 37.5

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

Click to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at


Keyword Phrases

  • Career Counselor
  • STEM
  • University of San Diego
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: At least 2 years
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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