Assistant Director, Career Education & Peer Career Coaching

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Posted: January 23, 2019 

Job Description

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

The Boston College Career Center is the centralized career office for approximately 9,000 undergraduate students and 5,000 graduate students at Boston College. Our goal is to empower all Boston College students to lead meaningful personal and professional lives. We work closely with a broad array of partners to ensure that vocational discernment and career readiness are a university priority and work to integrate career development across the student life cycle.

Job Description 

The Assistant Director serves as career coach and program coordinator for BC career services while collaborating with campus partners and developing career resources tailored to BC’s liberal arts students. In addition, the individual in this role oversees and coordinates the Career Center’s Peer Career Coaching program, working closely with the Associate Director of Career Education to hire, train, and supervise the undergraduate Peer Career Coaches and to continually evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the program.

Key Responsibilities: 

Career Coaching and Programming:

  • Provide individual and group career coaching to undergraduate and graduate students including career and industry exploration, interest and skills assessments, job search strategies, interview preparation, networking skills, resume and cover letter critiques, and job negotiation skills
  • Develop and present career development-related programming on a variety of topics and in a range of formats
  • Stay up-to-date with software tools, resources and career coaching methods to continuously improve services to students
  • Support the overall work of the Boston College Career Center by providing career coaching to all students during drop-in hours and peak times in the academic year
  • Serve as the liaison to several academic/administrative departments and partner with those departments to best serve the career needs of their students

Peer Career Coaching Supervision & Coordination:

  • In close collaboration with Career Center leadership and colleagues, continuously evaluate the role of the Peer Career Coaches to ensure the program best addresses and aligns with the strategic direction of the Career Center
  • Hire, train, and directly supervise 9-10 undergraduate Peer Career Coaches each year- Coordinate scheduling and project assignments of each Peer Career Coach
  • Develop innovative strategies for Peer Career Coaches to drive earlier awareness and visibility of career opportunities through the Career Center
  • Conduct assessment and evaluation to support programmatic development and outcomes
  • Supervise one graduate assistant who will help support the coordination of the Peer Career Coaching Program

Program Administration and Evaluation:

  • Assist with administrative responsibilities for the Career Center, Division of Student Affairs, and Boston College, such as assessment, operations planning, data management, and reporting
  • Maintain comprehensive student records
  • Serve on various cross-functional teams and committees to promote the vision and direction of the Career Center; support the overall work of the Career Center team’s major events and programs, including career retreats, career fairs, networking nights, and job shadow programs
  • Represent Boston College and the Career Center in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes; revise programs to reflect trends and increase the center’s visibility of professionals in the field
  • Represent the Career Center on division-wide and university committees, as needed

Hiring Range:

  • Assistant Director, Employer Engagement; hiring range: $61,400 - 76,750; requires a minimum of 3 years' relevant experience; Master's preferred
  • Assistant Director, Employer Engagement; hiring range: $55,600 - 69,500; requires 0-3 years' relevant experience; Master's preferred


  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education Administration, Human Resource Management, or other professional or related degree
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience coaching or advising students on career or related issues; 3+ years of experience preferred
  • Ability to design, deliver, and present to students and colleagues at career-related workshops and special events
  • Evidence of the ability to collaborate and build partnerships across Boston College, other institutions, and professional organizations
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with a variety of constituents and to work with a group toward a common goal
  • Understanding of and skills associated with basic career coaching techniques and ability to determine which career interventions will be most effective for a particular group of students
  • Ability to supervise and motivate student staff
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations (e.g. AHANA, LGBTQ, first generation)
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
  • Knowledge of current technology used to assist students with career exploration and planning- Ability to conduct program assessment, look critically at results, and use findings to improve Career Center services and resources
  • Willingness to adapt and change with organizational needs
  • Demonstrated comfort with technology and willingness to use technology to deliver career programming and conduct program assessment
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed

How to Apply:

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at To apply click below!

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