Career Advisor

The School of Information seeks a career advisor.

The Career Advisor utilizes a theoretical understanding of career services, advises students/alumni on a full range of career processes, including individual or group counseling, career planning, setting career goals, improving job search competencies. This will also include general advice based on expert knowledge of the job market for technical careers (e.g., data science), knowledge of emerging job search methodologies, and networking suggestions within the I School community (i.e., fellow students, faculty, alumni) and the broader technical community or in varied industries of interest.

The Career Advisor provides a holistic approach to student/alumni career counseling and maintains detailed metrics of students advising sessions and outcomes and develops/modifies workshops and presentations as necessary on fundamental career planning topics. The incumbent conducts outreach and maintains relationships with potential employers to meet the career needs of students, assists with planning networking and career fair type of events for student, and performs independently, but may receive guidance in developing new career counseling services and programs.

This position is 100% remote.

Key Responsibilities

  • 20% — Counsels graduate students and alumni on career options and opportunities, including customized services for specific populations based on relevant industries. Uses advanced knowledge of LinkedIn and other social media tools to make networking suggestions.

  • 20% — Conducts outreach and maintains relationships with potential employers to meet the career needs of students. Assists with regular communications to employers regarding upcoming events and recruiting timelines.

  • 15% — Researches, evaluates, and updates written and electronic career and employer resources.

  • 15% — Develops/modifies workshops and presentations as necessary on fundamental career planning topics. Presents workshop material in both in-person and online modalities.

  • 10% — Develops and implements marketing and outreach programs to promote programs and services.

  • 5% — Assists clients in identify their interests, values, skills, and personalities, and understand how these factors relate to academic/career satisfaction and their personal brand. Utilize quantitative and qualitative assessments such as Strengthsfinder for helping students understand their personal strengths, values, etc.

  • 5% — Helps with decision making, goal setting, and identifying internal/external obstacles to obtaining goals.

  • 5% — Maintains detailed metrics of student advising sessions and outcomes. Creates reports on outcomes to share with internal and external audiences.

  • 5% — Identifies personal crisis situations and refers client to appropriate resources

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, coaching, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; and learning and motivation.
  • Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, workshop and program design.
  • Advanced knowledge of career decision making, and job search techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of technology industry job market.
  • Advanced knowledge of LinkedIn and other social media tools.
  • Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new software programs and online resources.
  • Excellent judgment in handling sensitive information.
  • Knowledge of employer recruiting and staffing methods and employment trends.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize events and prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in career counseling and/or equivalent experience/training (e.g., recruiting, student affairs, communications, coaching).

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

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First review date for this job is September 28, 2021

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners.  In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

About the School of Information

The School of Information is UC Berkeley’s newest professional school. Located in the center of campus, the I School is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. This requires the insights of scholars from diverse fields — information and computer science, design, social sciences, management, law, and policy.

Roughly 120 graduate students and two dozen faculty members are based on campus, in UC Berkeley’s historic South Hall, with another 1000 students online. Together they form a multi-disciplinary collective of scholars and practitioners collaborating on initiatives at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

The I School offers three professional master’s degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Our MIMS program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes small classes and project-based learning. Our MIDS program trains data scientists to manage and analyze the coming onslaught of big data, in a unique high-touch online degree. Our MICS program prepares cybersecurity leaders with the technical skills and contextual knowledge necessary to develop solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. Our Ph.D. program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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Last updated:

September 15, 2021