Industry Advisor

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Posted: December 11, 2018

Job Description

George Mason University Career Services is seeking two enthusiastic and energetic individuals for the position of Industry Career Advisor. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.


  • Create collaborations and support students pursuing experiential learning and career opportunities in the engineering and technology industries.
  • Support the center's mission by engaging in employer development, presenting career education workshops, advising on job/internship search strategies, and bridging the gap between college and career.
  • Serve on cross-functional center teams.
  • Develop educational programs and events.
  • Assist with strategic planning initiatives.
  • Maintain key liaison relationships with university constituents

Individual and Group Career Advising Responsibilities:

  • Provide advising to students and alumni interested in the engineering (bio, civil, cyber, mechanical, etc.) and technology career fields (information systems, information technology, cybersecurity, computer science, etc.).
  • Serve as center expert within assigned industry areas, maintaining current information on recruiting practices, timelines, and industry trends.

  • Educate and prepare students on the specifics of their job/internship search strategy, including document review, networking techniques, interview preparation, and salary negotiation.

  • Assist students in leveraging the use of social media and other technology in their search strategy.

  • Present educational workshops on a variety of career topics and collaborate with staff to create, customize, and execute employer/alumni/student networking events and educational panels.

  • Consider the needs of academic stakeholders and provide industry-specific programming that meets the interests of Mason students and employers.

Employer Development/Relations: 

  • Identify, target, and initiate employer relationships within assigned industry area.
  • Build and maintain strong employer relationships through the utilization of center programs, events, and services.
  • Increase internship and full-time recruiting efforts by promoting Mason students and alumni to the local, regional, and national employers.
  • Contact employers by phone or e-mail; and host and/or visit local businesses, government, and organizations to develop opportunities in consultation with members of the Industry Advising and Employer Development team.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of recruiting and market trends to share regularly with all center staff members. Cross-Functional Teams and University Initiatives.
  • Serve on various cross-functional teams to promote the vision and direction of University Career Services, and contribute to the strategic planning in order to evolve center services and programs.
  • Represent Mason and the 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 among professionals in the field.
  • Participate in university committees providing representation of the career center on community issues.



  • Master's degree.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a higher education setting; counseling/advising students on academic, career, internship, and job search issues or in human resources/talent acquisition working in college recruiting.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication.
  • Interpersonal time management skills.
  • Collaborative and team oriented work style.
  • Ability to multitask and thrive in a changing, dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in designing and delivering presentations using Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.


  • Knowledge of IT and/or engineering majors/careers.
  • Coursework in career development theories and practices.
  • Three or more years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using career assessment instruments.
  • Event planning or programming experience.
  • Working knowledge of career services management software (e.g., Symplicity, Handshake).
  • Ability to access and report outcomes.
  • Assist tech and engineering students on the Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington campuses.
  • Ability to travel to these campuses to serve students is anticipated. 

How to Apply:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA99AZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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