Associate Director, Working Professionals Career Management
Reporting to the Senior Associate Director, Experienced Professionals Career Management, the Associate Director, Working Professionals Career Management will be a key member of the career services team for coaching, advising, teaching and training for Marshallâs IBEAR MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) students.Â Incumbent will serve as a key contact for self-sponsored IBEAR MBA, EMBA, and recent alumni to enhance their career development skills. The incumbent will also work closely with business leaders who are seeking to employ internationally-skilled, mid-career professionals like IBEAR MBA participants.Â Student contact is an integral part of the position, which requires strong presentation and written communication skills.
The IBEAR MBA is a one-year, full-time international MBA program designed for mid-career professionals. Â On average, participants are 36 years old and have 12 years of work experience.Â In a typical class of 55 students: 15% are North American, 15% are Latin American, 65% are Asian and 5% are other.Â About 70% of participants are self-sponsored and 30% are corporate sponsored.Â The intensive one-year curriculum is designed to develop leadership and management skills by emphasizing critical thinking and problem solving in a global marketplace.
The EMBA program is designed for mid-career professionals and senior managers who wish to remain fully employed while pursuing an MBA degree. Typically, EMBA students complete graduate studies in 22 months.Â A typical class-size is 75 students with an average work experience of about 15 years.Â
Responsibilities and Duties
Advises and counsels students on an individual and group basis on a wide range of career issues as applicable to experienced, mid-career MBAs, whether or not those students are looking for short- or long-term career progression within their current function, industry, or employer.Â Advises IBEAR MBA and EMBA students on best practices for executing job searches via both traditional on-campus recruiting channels and self-directed strategies.Â Career coaching will include both strategic (e.g. personal branding, job search strategies, networking skills, administering and interpreting self-assessment results) and tactical (resume and cover letter, interview preparation, LinkedIn profile, job search correspondence, negotiating approaches) areas, plus listening, brainstorming, and advising on internal (sometimes executive-level) career management issues.
Develops and delivers career education workshops, panel discussion, small group sessions, and large course sessions, and other related events on both strategic and tactical career topics, as well as effective use of resources provided by Graduate Career Services. Â This includes some events occurring in the evenings and weekends.
Consults with Global Sector Leads within Graduate Career Services to understand the skill sets and qualifications required for various industry and functional roles. Supports program and event execution including market-facing career events, workshops, webinars, panels, city treks and speaker series, advising groups, and recruiting related programs.
Leads the planning and execution of two (2) IBEAR MBA domestic experiential learning trips during the academic year, focusing on employer visits to provide exposure to global organizations that will enable participants to expand professional networks as well as increase knowledge and understanding of mid-level MBA roles within American corporations.
Executes the IBEAR MBA Alumni Mentor Program which involves matching current IBEAR MBA participants with alumni, based on functional or industry interests.
Serves as an advocate for the IBEAR MBA and EMBA programs and responds to inquiries related to career services activities, as needed.
Ensure accurate employment data is collected for use in final internal and external employment reporting.
Must be able to work early mornings on a seasonal basis and some evenings and weekends.
Masterâs degree in business administration, higher education, or counseling psychology preferred.
At least one of the followingÂ is strongly preferred, with more than one a plus:
Prior experience with advising and coaching mid-career professionals, international professionals, and/or MBAs to improve their career success, their understanding of the business environment within US corporations, and the various interrelationships between them; experience with international candidates is highly desirable
Prior experience recruiting mid-career professionals, international professionals, and/or MBAs for US companies; this experience can be as an internal corporate recruiter or as a member of an executive search firm
Prior experience Â hiring and/or directly managing professionals with 10+ years of experience, particularly MBAs, in a corporate setting and mentoring them towards career success
Program/project management skills required, as well as a customer service mindset and the ability to deal with a range of personality styles.
Strong executive presence a must. Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and organizational skills necessary.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree
Minimum Experience: 1 year
Minimum Field of Expertise: Related education and experience in counseling and career services and advisement.
Required Documents and Additional Information
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of five calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?
The USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the countryâs top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and international business studies.
USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including bio-technology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace. USC Marshall is interested in receiving applications from individuals who enhance the diversity of its workforce. Â
The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.