Assistant Director (Career and Employment Readiness Manager)
Detroit, MI Center for Career and Professional Development
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FT Administrator

Position Summary

Primary focus is on career readiness and student support, as well as program development and cross-campus collaboration. The CDF/CERM offers individual career coaching, internship, and job-search advising to students and alumni, develops and presents workshops, and develops positive relationships with students, employers, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. The CDF/CERM may also assist with web-based technology, data collection, management, and reporting.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Career Counseling/Programming 

  • Assists students in clarifying academic and career goals through individual career counseling.
  • Administers and interprets Focus 2 Careers or other assessments used in the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Assists students in using career resource library and finding information on the web.
  • Participates in the design and delivery of career-related workshops, programs, and panels.
  • Helps students develop and refine resume writing, interviewing, and job-search skills.
  • Develops and delivers workshops and career-related programs, including new initiatives on how best to use the Internet for career discovery/job-search purposes.
  • Assists with the planning and promotion of the career services office to students, alumni, faculty, and employers through wide-array of marketing efforts.
  • Assists with the updating of existing marketing materials and/or development of new materials.
  • Serves as liaison to student groups, clubs, and organizations.
  • Hires, trains and supervisors Career Service Graduate Assistant.
  • All other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

A college degree with six months to two years of experience in a post secondary education environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, student personnel counseling preferred. 
  • Experience using Blackboard or other Learning Management System (LMS). 
  • Experience with career advising, coaching, and mentoring relationships with students, collegial relationships with staff and faculty required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Computer proficiency required. Internet skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office and Career Services Management software such as Purple Briefcase; NACELink/Symplicity; Handshake required. 
  • Knowledge of career development theory and practice, job outlook trends & forecasts, employer relations, job search strategies, interviewing techniques, and resume/correspondence writing required.
  • Experience with career advising, coaching, and mentoring relationships with students, collegial relationships with staff and faculty required. 
  • Knowledge with Strong Interest Inventory Strengths Quest, DiSC or similar tool(s) preferred. 
  • Knowledge of professional standards for college/university career services and Career Readiness Competencies for college graduates. 
  • Outstanding organizational skills, strong verbal, written and public presentation skills are essential for success in this role. Previous experience in post-secondary admissions, financial aid, residence life or student affairs preferred. 
  • Knowledge of experiential learning (internships, cooperative education, externships) standards and definitions as defined by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Physical Requirements

Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).

Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


  • Experience or Certification in TypeFocus Careers or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator required. 
  • Certification in Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). 
  • NACE Coaching Certification Program (CCP)

Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience

Anticipated Schedule

Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Some Saturdays and Evenings

Employee Benefits

At the University of Detroit Mercy, we continually strive to provide a high-quality, comprehensive benefits package to our valued employees. We offer our employees the following benefits: 

· Medical -

         o Three health plans to choose from with a large national provider network

· Dental -

        o UDM’s School of Dentistry FREE to you and your dependents

        o Option to purchase additional dental plan through UNUM

· Vision - 

        o Exams and lenses every 12 months

· Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Accounts offered.

· Employee Assistance Program -

        o Provided to everyone in your household.

· Short-Term and Long-Term Disability.

· Life and AD&D - 

         o One times base salary up to a hundred thousand dollars.

· Option to purchase additional life insurance, accident insurance, and/or critical illness insurance

· Tuition Remission Benefit for you, your spouse, and children. 

· Retirement Plan -

        o UDM provides matches up to 8%

Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. Detroit Mercy seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.