Chapman University Career Advisor in Orange, California

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

Serves as an extension of the Office of Career and Professional Development to the Schmid College of Science and Technology.

Acts as a liaison between the Dean, faculty, staff, and Career and Professional Development for the purpose of identifying the unique career-related needs of students and alumni pursuing careers in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM). Assists in developing college-specific outreach, seminars, workshops, and programs based on student-needs assessment and faculty requests. Works with Career and Professional Development to advise the Dean and faculty on methods to enhance the quality of experiential learning/career development. Provides guidance to students and graduates on specific job search strategies and tactics associated with STEM-related careers. With input from the Dean, faculty, staff, and industry leaders, identifies key employers for cultivation by Career and Professional Development’s Employer Relations team.



  • With input from the Dean, faculty, and staff, identify career development needs specific to the students and alumni of the Schmid College of Science and Technology.

  • Based on these needs, work with Career and Professional Development and Schmid College Leadership to create programming, seminars, workshops, webinars, online content, etc. that prepare students for employment in their specific job/field/industry of choice.

  • In collaboration with the Office of Career and Professional Development and Schmid College Leadership identify career opportunities and industries where Schmid students and alumni will most likely find internships and job opportunities.

  • Research current industry and job trends affecting Schmid students and alumni and make recommendations for additional career-related programming to support these trends.

  • Serve as a liaison and mentor to Schmid’s peer advisor program and Student Leadership Council.


  • Provide students and alumni with individual assistance in developing employment skills, job-search strategies and resources, and exploring general career options.

  • Refer students to appropriate faculty for specific career advising.

  • Track student internships, graduate school placement, and alumni employment. Provide reports for College as well as Career and Professional Development. Gather data and information as needed.


  • Assist in the promotion/marketing of career-related events and programs specifically aimed at engaging Schmid students and alumni.

  • Provide career-related information/updates for incorporation on websites, social media, E-newsletters, and other communication channels.


  • Work with Career and Professional Development and Schmid College Leadership to interface between the university and external communities (business, the public sector, and not-for-profit entities) that ultimately expand experiential learning and result in the hiring of Chapman students for internships and alumni for full-time career opportunities.

  • Track Schmid employer relations and partnerships.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education in college student affairs, counseling, human resources, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in education, counseling, human resources, or related field, or a Master’s Degree in any of these areas.

  • Working knowledge of experiential education, career development theory, counseling techniques, interest assessments e.g. MBTI, Strong Interest.

  • Ability to effectively problem solve with students, faculty and staff.

  • Analytical skills to think strategically in developing and implementing innovative and engaging programs to ensure effective learning outcomes, meaningful engagement, and quality education, and evaluate effectiveness of programs and recommending changes.

  • Experience advising students on career decisions; resume writing, techniques, and job search.

  • Working knowledge of career education and services in higher education.

  • Strong written communication skills to include development of reports, memos, handouts, brochures, and other promotional materials. Strong editing and proof reading abilities.

  • Strong verbal communication skills to include speaking in public and presenting training programs to small and large groups.

  • Experience developing training programs and workshops.

  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and execute logistics for special events.

  • Skill in adjusting priorities and adapting to an environment with changing needs.

  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy and maintain a high level of confidentiality.

  • Computer skills in using word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet and email software, and Microsoft Office Suite software.

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, with proven ability to work, interact, and solve problems with a diverse group of individuals at all organizational levels, both inside and outside of the University.

  • Technical skills to learn and use enterprise systems related to this position.

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience utilizing current career development principles and practices.

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education in STEM related field.

  • Knowledge of labor market trends.

  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures that pertain to the duties of the position.

  • Experience with career management web-based services and database management.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.

The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

Position Title: Career Advisor

Position Type: Staff

Job Number: 20170166

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Posting Date: 04/13/2018