School of Foreign Service Associate Director – Graduate Career Center

Georgetown University.  The School of Foreign Service (SFS) Graduate Career Center serves students and alumni from eight SFS graduate programs as well as four programs from the Government Department, providing individual career advising, targeted job search skills workshops, a regular Career Bulletin, access to targeted employers through information/industry sessions and site visits and access to WalshWorks, a database featuring thousands of job and internship postings.

The Associate Director provides career advice and industry expertise to the delivery of value-added, client-focused career management services (both domestic and international opportunities) for more than 900 SFS graduate students in the eight graduate programs, as well as the Department of Government and more than 4,000 alumni. He or she also directly manages the career development function within the GCC (leadership for counselors and contractual industry specialists, career development and readiness curriculum, and expansion of recruiting relationships with employers). Reporting to the GCC Director, the Associate Director has duties that include but are not limited to:

Counseling and Program Management

Leads a team of 2 full-time counselors and 3 part-time contractual industry specialists, and provides feedback, professional development opportunities, and contract support (for specialists).
Provides individual career counseling to graduate students and alumni.
Oversees career curriculum, including individual and/or group career counseling regarding, for example, resumes, cover letters, job searching, interviewing, networking, MBTI, the one-minute pitch, and CV preparation
Keeps abreast of counseling techniques and trends to effectively provide career counseling services and oversight.
Develops a feedback loop for counselors based on best practices.
Designs, implements and manages career/professional development workshops, seminars, and other forums for graduate students on career building skills, including a comprehensive workshop curriculum.
Develops case management methodology or tracking system, complete with milestones for all graduate students during their two-year experience.
Leads needs assessment of career development services for graduate students; designs and delivers targeted programs and services, assesses learning and development outcomes, determines program evaluation results, and reports results and findings.
Acts as a liaison in the area of graduate student careers; guiding and training other staff members regarding career development issues and best practices for graduate students.
Leads efforts to identify career-related materials and resources of particular relevance to graduate students; create additional materials as appropriate (e.g., written, web, multi-media, etc.)
Ensures precise recordkeeping of all communication with students, alumni, and employers to effectively share information with GCC team.
Assists with internal projects to continuously improve use of technology, GCC website content, availability of online resources and job search tools, and any other resources, systems, and processes that help facilitate the career development and recruiting processes
Manages budget and contracts for industry specialists and career curriculum programs/resources.


Partners with program liaisons to develop program-specific orientation, boot-camps, and related career development needs at regular intervals throughout each semester.
Manages and reports on the employer outreach activities and related data conducted by career counseling staff.
Conducts regular site visits with employers and alumni.
Provides career development resources using technology and relevant materials for students and alumni unable to attend in-person coaching and programming.


Master’s degree in Counseling, higher education administration, international relations, business, or an equivalent degree
At least 7 years of professional experience in a top-tier higher-education environment or corporate/government/non-profit environment
Proven management experience and knowledge of career development, job search strategies, sector trends, industry hiring cycles, assessments, and management and tracking of clients through transition
Strong public speaking and interpersonal communication skills, and excellent executive presence
Demonstrated teaching/facilitation experience.=
Strong team orientation and experience building relationships within an organization and with targeted stakeholders and partnering organizations
A high level of organizational effectiveness
Facility with Symplicity, MS Office, and database management systems
Counseling/coaching certification preferred
Availability for occasional travel
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