Assistant Director, MS Career Coach

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 123704
Title: Assistant Director
Functional Title: Assistant Director, MS Career Coach
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: BMGT-Dean-Career Management
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

One of 12 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. A comprehensive business school, Smith offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, and non-degree executive education programs as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school is consistently ranked among the top business schools by leading business publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.

For information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business, visit our Web site at

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to the Associate Director, Specialty Masters Programs, the Assistant Director, MS Career Coach is responsible for advising, educating, coaching and coordinating career education programming for graduate students and alumni (with a special focus on the international student population) from the Smith School Specialty Masters Programs in order to increase marketability to employers, and prepare business students for transition to the workplace and/or facilitate a career change.

The Career Coach also supports marketing and business development efforts of the OCS Employer Development (ED) team through the ongoing participation in corporate relations and networking, to create access to the Smith alumni network and facilitate job opportunities (contract and full-time, internships, experiential learning projects, etc.) and promote the Smith School brand.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree plus 5-10 years of experience combining higher education and professional organizations/ services, working with adult professionals.

The ideal candidate will also have 3-5+ years of experience with management hiring processes, corporate recruiting (international recruiting an asset), career coaching, employment counseling, program management, workshop facilitation, and public presentation, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Experience with international business desirable. Familiarity with higher education environment desired. Connectivity within the business community and labor market highly desired.

Ideal candidate will bring academic perspective from both technical and human resources domains.

The key is that there is some comfort with analytics and/or customer insights such that they are able to coach the students in such a way that they effectively sell their analytics expertise.

Familiarity with the analytics industry
That may mean familiarity with:

  • Consulting firms (e.g., Big 4, McKinsey, BCG)
  • Technology companies (e.g. Amazon, Google, Uber)
  • Financial services (e.g., credit card and consumer departments at CapOne, Citibank, Chase)
  • Insurance companies (e.g., GEICO, Liberty Mutual)
  • Brand Management and Customer Insights groups at brands (P&G, Black & Decker, Marriott, Hilton, Campbells, J&J)
  • Marketing Research firms (e.g., Nielsen, Milward Brown, IPSOS)
  • Distribution/Logistics/Supply chain
  • Retail (e.g., analytics and customer insights groups at Walmart, Amazon, Nordstrom)
  • Sports & Entertainment Analytics groups (e.g., sports teams, sports agents, sports marketing)

Master’s Degree highly preferred.

Career or Leadership Coaching Certification highly preferred.

Possessing coaching distinctions to include ability to employ appreciative inquiry to facilitate clarity, candidacy preparation, and strategic career development is highly preferred.

Corporate human resources experience offering insights into candidate recruiting, interviewing, selection, and offer protocols also highly preferred.

Corporate experience performing in analytics, supply chain, or business management functions, highly considered as well.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

When applying, please upload a PDF version of your cover letter, resume and list of references.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

For more information about the University of Maryland, please visit

Posting Date: 02/15/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 03/02/2018
Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards.
Must have the ability to walk short distances.
Must have ability to help set up for events- this would include light lifting less than 30lbs. Ability to work effectively in an open office environment with frequent interruptions (i.e. phone calls and guests).

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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