State University of New York at Oswego — Career Development Specialist

The Department of Career Services in the Compass at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a 12 month full time position.

Posting Date: February 12, 2019

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or 

Date of Appointment: On/around June 2019

Description of Responsibilities:
Working with the Director of Career Services and other campus partners, the Career Development Specialist will:

  • Plan and execute major career development plans, programs, and career fairs in collaboration with a variety of on/off campus partners
  • Identify, articulate to, and assist students in developing the high demand soft skills needed to prepare for internships, co-ops, and the job search process
  • Collaborate closely with Department of Residence Life relative to presentations and programs in our premier residential on-campus living environment
  • Develop and conduct presentations on a variety of career development related topics
  • Advise students and alumni through the career development process

In addition, the Career Development Specialist will be expected to display a commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree by time of appointment
  • One year of experience in college career services or related field
  • Experience in planning and implementing career fairs, networking events, career-related conferences, or career exploration activities
  • Experience in counseling students and/or alumni on job search strategies, assisting with job search documents, and/or developing interviewing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal communication and presentation skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or related field
  • Experience working in/with business, finance, and/or communication industries
  • Experience in using social media as a tool to engage students
  • Experience incorporating major technological tools, including web and social media, into the career development process
  • Demonstrated ability in development of professional online and printed resources
  • Experience assisting students in identifying and articulating high demand soft skills to employers

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, copies of unofficial transcript(s) for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Christy Huynh, Search Committee Chair

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. 

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department: Career Services operates within an award-winning “Industry-Centric” model of program and service delivery.  They have full-time professionals who have developed high-level expertise in various industries and work hard to create and evolve customized resources, programs, services, and networking relationships in order to offer students and alumni a much more impactful level of personalized career coaching.  Regardless of where students and alumni are in their career development and the variety of paths they will consider, the Career Services office can help them to be successful for life

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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