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Career Explorations Graduate Assistant

Apply now Job no: 493629
Work type: Student (Graduate Assistant)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Career & Life Planning
Division: Student Affairs

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Position Summary:

Graduate Assistants in the Center for Career and Life Planning (CCLP) support the delivery of a broad range of career-related services, programs, and resources for approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Hamilton Holt School as well as alumni of each of these programs. Embodying Rollins Gateway—our signature approach to preparing students for global citizenship, responsible leadership, meaningful lives, and productive careers—this role will help students identify, connect, and maximize their interdisciplinary experiences to chart unique career pathways through Rollins and beyond.

This Career Exploration Graduate Assistant works primarily on mentorship and experiential learning initiatives, while also supporting overarching Career and Life Planning programs and career advising after receiving thorough training.

Primary Responsibilities
The anticipated duties of the CCLP Career Explorations Graduate Assistant include (but are not limited to) the following:

Career Exploration/Employer & Alumni Connections Support:

  • Serve as lead mentorship and networking graduate assistant
  • Support selection process for mentorship and shadowing programs—develop marketing materials, review applications, and conduct interviews
  • Serve as Relationship Manager for student mentees in the Career Champion Mentorship & Pre-Med Observership programs, guiding them from orientation through engagement
  • Assist with programmatic assessment and data management
  • Support event planning and program delivery—networking events, shadowing experiences, and receptions
  • Draft communication for delivery to student, alumni, and employer audiences
  • Identify professionals (alumni, employers, etc.) as volunteers in CCLP programs
  • Research best practices on new professional networking initiatives
  • Support Assistant Director of Career Exploration and Associate Director of Employer & Alumni Connections with relationship management with potential Employer and Alumni contacts

CCLP General:

  • Participate in required ongoing training, including intensive training at the beginning of the semester followed by ongoing shadowing and training sessions 
  • Provide exceptional customer service to CCLP visitors and callers including students, alumni faculty, staff, parents, and employers 
  • After thorough training, provide career development support through one-on-one career advising appointments and drop-in sessions to assist students and alumni in all stages of career development including major choice, career exploration, internship planning, networking, job search, and graduate school application 
  • Critique resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and personal statements for students and alumni applying for internships, jobs, graduate school admission, and scholarships 
  • Lead outreach presentations and workshops on a variety of career-related topics 
  • Support CCLP career readiness initiatives, event coordination, and management
  • Serve as Relationship Manager to student mentees in the Career Champion Mentor Program, guiding them from orientation throughout engagement in the program as needed
  • Approve jobs, internships, and events in Handshake, assist with employer communication, and create new Handshake job and internship postings
  • Represent the Center for Career & Life Planning in orientations, tabling events, panels, etc.
  • Support Gateway programming, strategy, and implementation through cross-departmental collaboration, integration of Gateway language into CCLP programming, and help students identify and articulate their Gateway experiences
  • Provide front desk support

Position Information:

Anticipated Employment Dates: August 19 - May 31, 2025. Additional summer hours starting as early as June 1, 2024, could be available dependent on need and a mutually agreed upon schedule.

Supervisor Name and Department: Cheyenne Morman, Assistant Director of Career Exploration, Center for Career & Life Planning 

Scheduled Hours: The Center for Career & Life Planning is open from Monday through Friday, 8:30 am--5:00 pm. Occasional evening and weekend assistance may be needed. The graduate assistant will be working 20 hours per week. The final schedule is determined based on availability and department needs. Weeks off: Fall Break (1), Thanksgiving (1 week), Winter Break (4 weeks, 12/13-01/09), Spring Break (1 week).

Work Environment: Office environment requiring sitting for extended periods of time, traveling across campus, and occasions bending/lifting/twisting.

Pay: The hourly pay rate is $15/hr. and there are no benefits associated with this position.

Anticipated Learning Outcomes:

We view our Graduate Assistants as professionals in training with high levels of responsibility. We are committed to their development by offering robust work & learning experiences that allow them to expand their skill set and professional networks. Learning outcomes include:

  • Opportunity to shadow professionals in the fields of career counseling and student affairs; practical experience advising students and alumni on career development issues
  • Knowledge of career navigation practices and employment trends
  • Awareness of employer relations functions and tasks
  • Experience in event organization, marketing, and communication
  • Practice in the development and delivery of presentations

Qualifications and Skill Sets:

The Graduate Assistant serving in this position must demonstrate a strong work ethic, a high degree of initiative, dependability and personal accountability, adaptability, and the ability to work both independently and in teams. Additional skills and aptitudes include:

  • Interest in helping/serving others
  • Proficiency in written/oral communication, including presentations
  • Understanding of and familiarity with social media marketing and event promotion 
  • Experience in event organization
  • Comfortable with using and learning new technology
  • Sound knowledge of basic research and assessment skills
  • Strong project management & organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and follow detailed instructions, asking questions as needed 
  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Service excellence focus with a commitment to meeting the unique needs of our diverse community of students, alumni, and partners
  • Preference is given to students willing to work 4 days/week, 5 hours/day

Education Requirement:

Candidates interested in this role must be actively enrolled or incoming Rollins graduate students. Pending the hiring offer, new student employees (who have not worked at the college within the last two years) will need to complete new hire documents. See New Hire Paperwork tab for additional information.

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Fall semester class schedule and availability

Screening of applications will begin immediately and all applications must be submitted by June 16, 2023.

Our Service 
Excellence Philosophy:

At Rollins, we strive to be responsive, respectful, collaborative, competent, and inclusive in all that we do. Whether serving prospective or current students, alumni, local residents, or our fellow faculty and staff colleagues, these standards define the Rollins service experience.

Click here to learn more about our commitment to Service Excellence at Rollins College!

Diversity & Inclusion at Rollins:


Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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