Career Development Advisor

Columbia College

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL, US
Chicago, IL
30+ days ago
Career Development Advisor - (20000041)

Columbia College Chicago is an acclaimed undergraduate and graduate institution that provides a comprehensive education in the arts, communications and public relations. We constantly aim to reach our full potential as an educational innovator, incubator of new creative practice and generator of real-world success for young creatives. We are located in the heart of Chicago, across the street from historic Grant Park, and housed in some of the most iconic buildings in the South Loop.

Columbia College Chicago a private urban institution of over 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, four-year College offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business is currently searching for a Career Development Advisor.


Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Career Development Advisor serves as the primary entry point for all students into the Career Center providing advising services and basic portfolio integration support to students. The Career Development team is responsible for ensuring that students are prepared with résumés, cover letters, LinkedIn, and Handshake training before they meet with Internship and Career Advisors. The position is integral to the overall function, planning, training, hiring, and day-to-day supervision of the peer coaches and serves as a primary liaison for student groups, manages new technology program campus roll-out initiatives, conducts classroom presentations introducing Center services, and co-plans major events and workshops. This position has significant contact with students and works closely with other departments such as College Advising Center, Diversity & Inclusion, Student Government, CCAP, Residence Life, SSD, and contributes to the expansion of the Career Center’s partnerships.


  • Provide individual assistance to students regarding resume and cover letter construction, career planning and exploration.
  • Hire, train, and manage a team of 3-5 student peer coaches responsible for assisting hundreds of students on a walk-in basis.
  • Develop the content and training materials for workshops on career development topics such as how to create a resume, interviewing, conducting a job search, and job search etiquette.
  • Plan, lead and facilitate key Center events, content and curriculum.
  • Conduct presentations to classrooms, at orientation and other campus events to promote Center services.
  • Provide career and job readiness skills training in collaboration with other Center staff.
  • Maintain the Center’s media presence by contributing to blogs and social media, video and content creation for career development resources for staff and students.
  • Maintain web content regarding resumes, interviewing and conducting job searches.
  • Manage new technology programs, such as Big Interview, and provide technical support to students and faculty.
  • Assist students with basic portfolio development skills through web-based platforms such as Portfolium.
  • Perform other related duties and/or responsibilities as assigned or required.


  • Bachelor’s degree with two or more years of experience advising students required, preferably in a career services setting.
  • Master’s in counseling, career development, or higher education administration preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of career development principles.
  • Ability to establish rapport and relate to students, faculty, staff, and employers.
  • Ability to effectively create and deliver presentations and workshops to large audiences.
  • Ability to support students through the development of career interests, goals, résumé and cover letter, interviewing skills, networking, and job search strategy.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Willingness to learn new and emerging technologies including social media and online resources.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-directed, with a strong ability to multi-task and prioritize workload.
  • Must stay current on industry/employment trends, employer expectations, and best practices.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings or weekends to participate in departmental and other college sponsored events.

Qualified applicants should submit a coverletter and resume online via the link provided above. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.


Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a union position.

This position is overtime eligible.


Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Chicago
Job: Administrative/Clerical
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Job Type: Standard
Job Level: Manager without Direct Reports
Travel: No

About the Company

Columbia College