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 Career Development Specialist, this is a full-time 12-month position.

Posting Date: February 26, 2020

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 July 1, 2020

Description of Responsibilities:
Working with the Director of Career Services and other campus partners, and within the context of industries related to fine and performing arts, media, entertainment, and communications, the Career Development Specialist will:

  • Plan and execute major career development plans, programs, and events 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 related faculty, employers, and student clubs/organizations
  • Develop and conduct presentations on a variety of career development related topics
  • Advise students and alumni through the career development process

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan ( As such, the Career Development Specialist will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree by time of appointment
  • Minimum of one year of experience in college career services or related field, to include internships or Graduate Assistant positions
  • Experience in planning and implementing programs, events, or conferences
  • Experience in coaching others on career-related issues
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Clearly articulated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or related field
  • Experience in using social media and other technological tools to engage students in the career development process
  • Experience in coaching students and/or alumni on job search strategies, assisting with job search documents, and/or developing interviewing skills
  • Demonstrated ability in development of professional online and printed resources
  • Experience assisting students in identifying and articulating high demand soft skills to employers
  • Demonstrated success in networking with internal and external partners to maximize opportunities for student success
  • Experience and/or educational training related to fine and performing arts, media, entertainment, and communications fields
  • Experience delivering programming to underrepresented minoritized students and other marginalized populations

To Apply Submit:

  • cover letter addressing qualifications including how you specifically see yourself contributing to diversity, inclusion and equity in this Division or at SUNY Oswego
  • CV/resume,
  • copies of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred or program in progress
  • contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) 

electronically at :

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Christy Huynh. Search Chair

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

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:
The SUNY Oswego Career Services office 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 a much more impactful level of personalized career coaching. They have broken up the world of work into several categories that include: Business & Communications; Healthcare and STEM; Fine & Performing Arts, Media, & Entertainment; and Education, Public & Human Services. Within each of these areas, they have a highly capable staff member creating a sphere of support for our students that spans the entire career development cycle and brings together faculty, alumni, employers, graduate school representatives, and much more. This results in more meaningful assistance and expertise for our students, better employer and graduate school connections, and tailored on and offline resources. 

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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