The Carolina Cluster Pathway Program is a consortium of three core institutions with a combined enrollment of 4,400: Benedict College, Claflin University (the lead institution), and Voorhees College. Funded by UNCF and Lilly Foundation, the program is designed to support participating institutions to strengthen career guidance and leverage the liberal arts education of students by adding certain skills, experiences, and knowledge required by employers. Programs will be expected to engage college faculty in the development of curricula that is aligned with workforce needs to better prepare students to compete in careers of their choice. The initiative will help institutions build partnerships with local and national employers and improve student career services.
The CPI Career Counselor reports to the Campus Director of the Career Center and plays a key role in the University’s career pathway initiative. Working collaboratively with professional advisors, the Freshman College, and the academic departments, the Career Counselor ensures that each student receives appropriate career assessment, job-skills coaching and job networking skills to prepare them for internships, other experiential learning opportunities, and employment upon graduation. Areas of responsibility include career development using career exploration software programs that assess work interest, personality, values, skills, and career planning readiness; maintaining and interpreting assessment data; career counseling; maintaining electronic documentation of contact and services provided to individual students; assist students with developing individual e-portfolios; and leading role in developing and monitoring of individualized guided career pathway plans. In concert with the coordinator of experiential learning responsible for seeking and assisting students with internships, study abroad opportunities, co-ops, service learning, and undergraduate research, and graduate school placement. Working with the academic departments and professional academic advisors, the Career Counselor will help students evaluate their competitiveness for the job market and conduct career education classes, workshops, seminars and other presentations to enhance students’ soft skills and marketability. The Career Counselor is expected to maintain professional relationships with regional and national programs to keep up-to-date program requirements and career trends, and perform other related duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred; Bachelor’s degree required; as are two or more years of experience in career counseling in a diverse college setting. Familiarity with career assessment instruments, knowledge of career fields and employment markets, knowledge to career/job search engines/websites, ability to work collaboratively with other staff in teams to accomplish goals. Two-three years of experience in career counseling or related student success areas in higher education setting, advising students concerning career goals, and implementing a 4-year mapping program highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal relation and communication, organizational, and decision-making skills are essential. Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed (this may include occasionally work on evenings and weekends).