Chapman University Career Advisor in Orange, California

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Career Advisor will serve as a liaison between the Office of Career and Professional Development and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.

The Career Advisor identifies unique career-related needs of students and alumni pursuing careers in the film and media arts industries and provides supplemental support to meet those needs. Assists in developing college-specific outreach, seminars, workshops, and programs based on student-needs assessment and faculty recommendations. Works with the Career and Professional Development to advise department personnel, students and alumni 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 careers in the entertainment industries.

The Career Advisor collaborates with Dodge College’s Alumni Relations Coordinator and faculty, staff and industry leaders to identify key employers and sectors to connect students and alumni with career opportunities in their chosen field of interest. Manages the Dodge College Mentorship Program in collaboration with the Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Other duties as assigned.



  • In collaboration with the Office of Career and Professional Development as well as Dodge College faculty and staff, identify career development needs, leads and opportunities specific to the students and alumni of Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in a variety of industries.

  • Based on these needs, work with Career and Professional Development and Dodge College’s Communications and External Relations team to plan and/or assist with programming, seminars, workshops, webinars, employer visits, job site visits, online content, etc. that prepares students and alumni for employment in their specific job/field/industry of choice.

  • Identify career opportunities and build relationships with organizations where Dodge College students and alumni will most likely find internships and full-time job opportunities.

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

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

  • Coordinate and/or present information regarding internship and job searches, interview soft skills, resume building and networking best practices.


  • Working in collaboration with the Alumni Relations Coordinator, manages the structure, logistics and marketing of the Dodge College Mentorship Program to provide students the opportunity to be matched with alumni to develop the skills and perspectives necessary to succeed in their careers as well as providing a direct link between the classroom and professional world.


  • Provide students and alumni with individual assistance in defining career options, developing employment skills, job-search strategies and resources, resume review and mock-interview experiences.

  • Provide information on specific programs, and make referrals where appropriate, to services offered by the college/university or by organizations outside for the educational and/or career enhancement of the individual.

  • Assist peers with resume and cover letter writing, and deliver constructive critiques

  • Advise students about experiential learning opportunities and resources, such as internships, shadow experiences, and related fellowships

  • Maintain familiarity with the resources available through and provided by the Office of Career and Professional Development and Dodge College including but not limited to internship database, alumni network resources, career assessments, college to career initiatives.


  • Working in collaboration with the Communications and External Relations team, assist in the promotion/marketing of career-related events and programs specifically aimed at engaging Dodge students and alumni including but not limited to flyer creation, invitations, registration, and email blasts. Provide career-related information/updates for incorporation on Dodge College websites, blog, social media channels and In Production magazine


  • Work with Career and Professional Development Center and Dodge College alumni network to build partnerships 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.

Serve on committees and at meetings as assigned.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in education, college student affairs, counseling, human resources, film/media arts or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Minimum 2 years of professional experience in education, counseling, human resources, film/media arts or related field.

Experience utilizing current career development principles and practices.

Experience developing training programs and workshops.

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

Working knowledge of experiential education, career development theory, counseling techniques.

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

Working knowledge of career education and services in higher education.

Working knowledge of experiential education, career development theory, counseling techniques.

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

Strong written communication skills to include development of reports, memos, handouts, brochures, website content 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.

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

Master’s Degree in a related field.

Knowledge of labor market trends.

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

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 for the final candidate is contingent upon satisfactory completion of and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and upon the acceptance of 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: 20170217

Full or Part Time: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Posting Date: 05/29/2018