Career Coach, Graduate Students and Alumni

Posted Date 1 month ago(6/25/2021 12:48 PM)
Number of Openings
Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Type of Search
Who May Apply
This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number
St Paul
University Advancement
FLSA Status
Employment Type
Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year
Benefits Eligible


The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Career Coach position within the University Advancement - Career Center.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.



The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits



The Career Coach is a critical contributor to the effort to scale and integrate career development into the fabric of the University of St. Thomas campus, with the Career Center serving as an activator for a robust career ecosystem. The Career Coach will build strong relationships with graduate students and alumni, primarily within the Opus College of Business, but also with graduate students and alumni of other colleges.


The Career Coach is responsible for cross-campus collaboration to provide career education services to St. Thomas’s graduate students and alumni, while continually seeking input and insights into partner and student needs. The services and support include: development and facilitation of group career development workshops and programming, creation of written and online career development resources, classroom presentations, relationship development with faculty and other campus partners, and individual career coaching appointments. The Career Coach is part of the Career Educator team and will work in collaboration with the other Career Educators to continually innovate and develop new services and learning opportunities. The position provides career consultation and training to faculty, staff and student organizations regarding career program development and education.


This position is part of the Alumni, Corporate Relations and Career Development (ACC) team within University Advancement, charged with collaborating with units across the university to engage alumni, employers, corporations and other members of the Tommie Network in mutually beneficial partnerships that support the success of St. Thomas students and advance the university.


The Career Development Center at the University of St. Thomas celebrates the perspective, knowledge, and joy that diversity brings to our University, and strives to provide equitable access to career education and employer connection opportunities for all students and alumni. In collaboration with campus partners, it is our mission to execute a holistic Career Education strategy designed to meet the needs of our diverse clients at all stages in the career development process.



Provide direct career services to graduate students and alumni:

  • Provide individual career and/or group coaching to graduate students/alumni regarding career / life planning, and job search strategies, including but not limited to: interviewing preparation, networking, offer evaluation/negotiation, resume reviews, career changes, and more
  • Assist and guide graduate students/alumni through occupational consideration and the career decision-making process, including the interpretation of relevant assessments
  • Engage students/alumni in use of resources for researching employers and employment opportunities
  • Be responsible for administrative tasks including maintaining confidential case notes, phone and web communication, reports, record keeping and contributing to office operations

Initiate and maintain successful relationships with campus and external partners to:

  • Ensure execution of university-wide career development strategy within assigned units
  • Collaborate with program directors and graduate student clubs/organizations on service delivery to graduate student populations
  • Conduct proactive outreach to and training of staff and faculty to promote career curriculum integration and career conversations in the classroom and other settings
  • Foster opportunities to connect graduate students with employers and alumni
  • Support university recruiting, employer and alumni connection programs and activities in collaboration with Employer Relations and Alumni Engagement colleagues

Create resources that support the specific needs of the graduate student and alumni populations:

  • Develop innovative and tailored programming that can be delivered online or in-person
  • Produce online resources in response to identified needs that provide graduate students and alumni with 24/7 on-demand access to career content
  • Produce and deliver professional development workshops and content that can be delivered in the classroom or in small group settings


Represent the Career Development Center in university activities and contribute to the department and divisional goals.  

  • Set career development goals related to graduate student and alumni engagement for assigned unit(s) in alignment with university and ACC goals; drive execution of plans; report and analyze results and makes recommendations to improve outcomes
  • Support the university’s mission and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by developing and executing plans to drive equitable outcomes for assigned populations, and engaging in continuing education
  • Support university-wide initiatives through service on committees and represent the Career Development Center at university-wide events
  • Support career events and other initiatives as needed
  • Participate in professional development as is appropriate and at the discretion of supervisor





Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, education, human resource development, adult development, student development, or a related field
  • Three to five years of professional level experience in higher education, career coaching, executive recruiting, or human resources

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.  


Preferred Qualifications

  • Seven plust years of professional level experience in higher education, career coaching, executive recruiting, or human resources. 
  • MBA or Master’s degree in human resource development, I/O Psychology, or a related field



All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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