This newly-created position will lead a substantial expansion of the career courses offered by the CLA Career Services office. Career courses have been taught by CLA Career Services for many years; however, the College’s new focus on Career Readiness will require a redesign of existing courses, creation of other new ones, a rethinking of how courses are offered and administered, and an expansion of capacity so more students can access all courses.
One of the ten Core Career Competencies that all CLA students are expected to develop is Career Management, defined as: “Active engagement in the process of exploring possible careers, gaining meaningful experience, and building skills that help one excel after college and lead to employment or other successful post-graduation outcomes. Those competent in Career Management understand their values, interests, identity, personality, skills, strengths, and Core Career Competencies; they are also able to articulate how those characteristics, combined with and shaped by a liberal arts education, lead to career success.”
The Curriculum Coordinator will ensure that all courses are aligned with the college’s Career Readiness Initiative and that they are successfully helping students build the Career Management Competency and articulate their development of each of the ten Core Career Competencies. The courses are envisioned as cornerstones in CLA’s effort to build students’ Career Management competency. The Curriculum Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the career topics are coordinated across several courses taught by CLA Career Services and other units in the college.
Courses are currently taught by CLA’s full-time career services staff and two adjunct instructors. It is anticipated that the number of sections of courses offered will grow dramatically in the next few years; the Curriculum Coordinator will work with current staff members, hire other instructors to staff the expanded number of sections, and hire undergraduate teaching assistants to support course instruction.
We are seeking someone who wants to lead a set of career classes that are a nationally-recognized best practice for building students’ Career Management competency.
Career Course Curricular Oversight, Management and Leadership (60%)
• Lead curriculum design for career courses. Ensure that each of the career courses meets its distinct need, that they are aligned with the college’s Career Readiness work, and that they are utilizing best practices for preparing students for future career success. Research best practices, consult with colleagues, and re-design new courses or curriculum within courses as needed to support collegiate Career Readiness Initiative. Work with Career Services Diversity & Inclusion Committee to ensure that courses are able to help CLA students explain how their domains of diversity can support their career development.
• Ensure that course instructors are well-positioned to succeed. Hire, train, and supervise adjunct instructors as needed. Provide mentoring and foster the professional development of all course instructors -- including adjunct instructors and full-time career counselors who will also teach.
• Develop and implement systems to increase efficiency in the delivery of classes. Work with instructors to develop course materials and grading rubrics that can be utilized by all instructors. Create systems so instructors can share course materials and best practices with each other.
• Hire, train, and supervise undergraduate teaching assistants to support instructors.
• Enhance classes by identifying opportunities to bring guest speakers into classes, including alumni, employers, and other campus experts. Partner with CLA’s Employer Relations team for innovative and creative ways to engage employers in career courses.
• Develop teaching schedule each semester. Forecast the number of students who will enroll, schedule classes at times that appeal to students, and assign classes to instructors.
Teaching and Direct Instruction (20%)
• Teach approximately two sections of career courses each semester. Classes taught will depend on office needs and student demand.
Career Course Outreach, Engagement and Operations Coordination (10%)
• Partner with colleagues in Career Services and across CLA to ensure that the career classes are aligned with the other projects in the Career Readiness Initiative and with other work in the CLA Career Services office. Serve on the Career Readiness “Compass” team, which coordinates all the work of the Initiative. As needed, serve as a career services representative on Career Readiness project teams or other CLA committees.
• Represent and participate in UGE projects, committee assignments and outreach as needed to advance the program goals.
• Implement across CLA offices and departments regular communication with campus partners and stakeholders to provide coordinated outreach.
Career Course Program Strategy, Planning and Success Monitoring (10%)
• Lead the assessment of student learning in our courses. CLA Career Services has developed a list of eight Learning Outcomes that we want our students to achieve by the time they graduate; the courses are expected to help students develop the Learning Outcomes. The Curriculum Coordinator will partner with our office assessment committee to ensure that we are measuring student growth through the courses.
• Research market and job trends; keep current with most current information relevant to preparing liberal arts students for the world of work; maintain involvement in appropriate professional associations. Develop and maintain connections with career centers at the University of Minnesota and at comparable liberal arts colleges to monitor best practices in use elsewhere, especially in credit-bearing career courses.
• Other duties as assigned and as appropriate to individual's background and experience.