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  • Asst. Dir. Career Service, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (New York, NY)

    The Mailman School of Public Health is seeking an Assistant Director of Career Services, reporting to the Assistant Dean of Career Services. The Career Services team is committed to supporting Mailman School students and alumni with the career education process. Our mission is to:

    Guide: We provide empathetic career counseling and coaching to help students and alumni explore, develop, and refine their career vision and goals, now and throughout the lifelong career development process.
    Educate: We train students and alumni to develop skills in self-marketing, communications, professional etiquette, and relationship-building, to empower them to achieve their career and professional goals.
    Facilitate Connections: We actively cultivate school-wide partnerships with a broad range of relevant employers and practicum sites, and establish alumni and student networks, to increase graduates’ professional opportunities.


    Career coaching/counseling—40%

    The Assistant Director will provide one-on-one career counseling/advising appointments for students and alumni of the Mailman School of Public Health, including:

    • Resume and cover letter reviews and editing
    • Practice interviewing, salary negotiation advising
    • Career counseling and decision-making
    • Job search research and referrals to career resources
    • The Assistant Director will actively work with Mailman students and alumni to help them create a strategic and holistic approach to achieving their short and long term career goals.

    Educational Programs and Events—30%

    The incumbent will also develop, plan and teach workshops on a variety of topics, including resume writing, job search correspondence, interviewing, job fair preparation, networking, career decision-making, and social media for the job search.

    The incumbent will also assist with logistics for large-scale events including job fairs, on-campus presentations by employers, networking events, and other programs. Additional responsibilities may include designing and managing alumni-student networking or volunteer programs.

    Marketing and Outreach—20%

    The incumbent will conduct marketing and communications efforts including editing content for the website, editing Youtube videos, writing content for marketing and newsletters, and conducting outreach to students and employers via email and phone, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and outreach via student groups and professional associations and events.

    Data Entry/Management and Program Evaluation—10%

    The incumbent will assist with data collection, especially related to employment outcomes, using survey information, social media profiles, and additional follow-up with graduates, and tracking data in Excel. The incumbent will also analyze survey data from students and employers to assist with strategic planning.

    The successful candidate will be an energetic self-starter who provides career guidance and support to students at all stages of their graduate academic experience.

    Columbia Mailman School of Public Health is deeply committed to promoting diversity, advancing equity and fostering a culture of inclusion. Therefore, we invite applications from marginalized and equity-seeking groups. Persons with a disability may contact the Human Resources department to request accommodation at any stage of the recruitment process.


    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in experience, training, and education, plus 3 years of related experience. A Master's degree may substitute in part for experience.
    • Experience providing career services to college or graduate students, preferably in a higher education or private practice career coaching setting.
    • Must have experience/knowledge of resume writing, interviewing, recruiting, and LinkedIn.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including strong knowledge of grammar, are important.
    • Commitment to providing career services to a culturally sensitive and diverse population.
    • Must be able to provide a minimum of 3-4 student appointments per day, in a fast-paced, sometimes high-volume environment.
    • Must have experience and confidence with public speaking and presenting/designing workshops.
    • Strong organizational and project management skills.
    • Demonstrated skill in establishing cooperative working relationships with staff of all levels, faculty, academic personnel, employers and alumni.
    • Ability to choose, conduct and interpret formal and informal career assessment tools and other interactive strategies to assist students in clarifying values, personality traits, interests, and skills. Experience in selection and use of appropriate counseling/coaching interventions and responses to elicit and teach decision making and goal setting.
    • Knowledge of online tools and other resources for career exploration.
    • General knowledge and the ability to rapidly acquire additional knowledge of the world of work, including employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, occupational, career and employment information sources.
    • Experience with marketing and communication via social media.
    • Enthusiasm, passion, sense of humor, collaborative mindset, ability to provide encouraging yet realistic career advice to students, and most importantly, deep commitment to providing the highest quality of career services is crucial.
    • Commitment to the mission of Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and interest in public health and/or public service.


    • Preference will be given to individuals with a Master's degree in counseling, HR, higher education administration, social work, psychology, student development, or a related field. Strong preference given to candidates with experience working with nonprofit sector and government job searches, international affairs/global health, and/or public health, healthcare, or medical fields.
    • Experience with online recruiting systems, social media, and Excel; and knowledge of career assessments including Myers-Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory, etc. a plus.
    • Strong preference for candidates with experience working with students at the Master's and doctoral levels; experience with diverse student populations, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous and students of Color, students with disabilities, and LGBTQ students.
    • Applicants MUST include a cover letter to be considered for this role.