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Career Counselor

Apply now Job no: 495020
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: Enrollment Management and Student Success, Drexel University

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Career Counselor will provide career counseling support to students and alumni with major selection, job search and post-graduate planning. The Career Counselor will contribute to the Career Services team events such as career fairs, workshops, on-campus recruiting, employer information sessions and specialized events. This position also leads the graduate co-op program at Drexel University. The graduate co-op advising includes assisting a group of graduate students in achieving suitable cooperative education experiences across a variety of majors. Additionally, this role is expected to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with the corresponding academic units related to the majors involved with graduate co-op. This requires that the career counselor manage relationships, understand nuance and manage multiple and competing high level challenges at the same time.

Essential Functions

  • Provide one-on-one career counseling and career advising services to students and alumni through in-person, phone and virtual appointments.
  • Develop and lead career workshops, classes and events, moderate panel discussions and create structured activities for groups and individuals.
  • Utilize appropriate assessments (SII and MBTI) to help students develop greater self-awareness and clarify career goals.
  • Contribute to internal committees to represent career services perspective and support initiatives.
  • Functioning as the primary contact for graduate co-op students, the career counselor is responsible for guiding students through the graduate co-op program of employment opportunities available within an internal database of jobs and extensively supporting self-directed job search efforts. The career counselor assists with career-related programs for graduate students.
  • Meet with graduate students one-on-one to assist them with resumes, cover letters, interview skills and job search techniques. Respond to student concerns while they are working and help to develop jobs in assigned majors through networking, faculty leads and outreaching to new employers.
  • Run reports to monitor and analyze student eligibility for coop, progress in the job search and credit awarded for co-op.
  • Process administrative paperwork related to co-op placements, major changes, and concentration changes.
  • Works closely with the academic departments in supporting the integration between academics and the graduate cooperative education program.
  • The Career Counselor often partners with campus colleagues, including Academic Advisors, International Students, Scholars and Services and others to ensure the smooth functioning of the graduate co-op program for students.
  • Represent the Graduate Cooperative Education program at Admission/Enrollment events.
  • Collaborate with academic units and offices across campus on specialized programming.
  • Collaborate with Marketing and Communications for Enrollment Management and Student Success to develop impactful web content and marketing strategies for events and services.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2+ years of relevant experience, preferably in career counseling or career services within higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's Degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation abilities and time management needed.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, especially during peak seasons for the department. Occasional nights and weekends required.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, lead and support projects.
  • Experience with SII, TypeFocus and MBTI preferred.
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work both independently and in a team.
  • Proficiency with technology, including familiarity with Handshake and social media platforms.
  • The successful candidate must be highly motivated and interact effectively with students, faculty, staff, employers, parents, and administrators.


Center City

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of J. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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