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Career Specialist
University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Date Posted 05/19/2022
Admin-Career Counseling and Placement
Employment Type Exempt Regular
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Number:




Functional Title:

Career Specialist

Category Status:

33-Exempt Regular

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



BSOS-College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Career Specialist serves a critical role on the Career Planning Team in the Feller Center for Academic Advising & Career Planning in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The portfolio includes individual career advising/coaching for students, developing and leading presentations for students, creating career-related activities to integrate into academic classes, contributing to graduation placement reporting, and communicating Feller Center Career Planning activities.

Key Duties:
Career Advising
  • Provide individual coaching and training for students through appointments and drop-ins. Advising topics include, but are not limited to, career decision making, locating internship/jobs, graduate school research, developing a professional brand, as well as offering resume, cover letter, and personal statement reviews and mock interviews. 
  • Advise, orient, and assist students in the use of occupational and job search resources.
  • Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of career path options and industry-specific information for behavioral and social science students. 
Academic Outreach /Workshops
  • Market, coordinate, and lead career exploration based presentations for BSOS classes on a variety of topics including resumes/cover letters, interviewing skills, internship search strategies, LinkedIn, and graduate school application preparation.
  • Develop career assignments and materials that can be easily integrated into BSOS coursework.
  • Support college career and curricular initiatives including class assignments.
  • Create and lead career readiness skill workshops/programs.
  • Manage a constant and engaging communication avenue to inform BSOS Academic Advisors, staff, and faculty, as well as students of upcoming career events, programs, and resources.
  • Create, design, and make updates to publications and career related informational materials on the website.
  • Market programs to students through email campaigns, class presentations, student societies, BSOS Blogs, and LinkedIn groups.
  • Manage collaboration initiatives with Academic Advising like the First Semester Career Inventory and the Career Planning Audit. 
  • Support the events/programs hosted by the Feller Center’s Career Planning team. 
  • Represent the office at student engagement/tabling events.
  • Contribute to college graduation survey efforts. 

Minimum Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s degree with 5 years in career counseling, experiential learning, or college student personnel (3 years with a related Master’s degree).
● Strong interpersonal and counseling/advising skills with ability to work with a variety of constituents.
● Excellent communication skills including group presentation and writing skills.
● Ability to work independently and initiative to create new programs.
● Strong attention to detail and problem solving.
● Knowledge of, background in, or appreciation for behavioral and social sciences.
● Ability to work with diverse student populations.


● Master’s degree in higher education, college student personnel, student affairs/related discipline.
NBCC National Certified Counselor (NCC) or similar certification.
● Previous experience presenting workshops and/or career-related events.
● Knowledge of Salesforce, Symplicity, Handshake, or a similar CRM tool.

Additional Information:

For best consideration, apply before June 7, 2022. Please include a cover letter, resume and three professional references.

Job Risks

Not Applicable to This Position

Physical Demands

Predominately sedentary work with occasional need to walk across campus to attend University-wide meetings, repetitive keyboard usage, Occasional high stress, high demand periods, Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with multiple constituents in a face-to-face environment, via email, and telephone. Ability to multitask several projects.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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