Career Counselor (506458)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Human Resources and Personnel

Job Description


Job Summary

The Career Counselor works independently and in a collaborative team setting serving as a liaison for the Career Center, providing quality career services and outreach to targeted students, alumni and faculty. The Counselor provides career development and job search counseling to targeted student population in both individual and group settings, decided and undecided students.

Key Responsibilities
  • Plans, develops, and implements professional development, career development, and employment-related programs targeted to students in partnership with the academic sector and employers to ensure their smooth entry into the marketplace
  • Supports students with the development of employment transition plans including building quality job searches, resume/portfolio preparation, professional ethics, interviewing, and networking competencies
  • Conducts workshops and facilitates groups on various career management and job search topics
  • Assesses needs and coordinates learning/programmatic outcomes with faculty in collaboration with key employers, community partners and the Center team
  • Supports development of resources, online/virtual tools and resume referrals relevant to program
  • Develops relationships and communications with academic partners from assigned colleges and related academic clubs and relevant professional/community organizations
  • Engages academic sector in serving the needs of employers and relevant programs and building long-term interaction with the University
  • Encourage faculty to maintain equitable opportunities for students by posting jobs and internships they receive directly in SpartaJobs
  • Designs and implements marketing collateral & promotional efforts related to program coordination & delivery
  • Oversees and delivers preparatory programs and workshops, which posture students for quality connections with employers and successful employment experiences
  • Oversees development and integration of web content, virtual services and on-line/long distance programs related to assigned academic fields

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Proven track record of program management/project leadership including assessment and evaluation
  • Skilled in development and use of virtual and on-line, distance-learning employment-related tools and resources
  • Knowledge of principles of individual and group behavior, career development, and counseling techniques
  • Excellent communication, presentation, teamwork, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Ability to advise students individually or in groups on varied and complex matters; ability to determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature
  • Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations; gather and analyze data; problem-solve, trouble shoot, reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make sound decisions and appropriate recommendations
  • Ability to develop and coordinate career/employment programs for students while interfacing effectively with faculty, deans and employers
  • Skilled in leadership, peer-to-peer, and intern development
  • Strong presentation, networking and negotiation skills

Required Qualifications
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related
  • Three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in counseling psychology or a related field
  • 3 years of experience advising or counseling students in a higher education setting
  • Experience with industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace
  • 3 years of experience in developing, implementing, and administrating live or long-distance programs relevant to career development, counseling, or employment


Classification: Student Services Professional III
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,691/month - $4,956/month
Salary Range: $4,691/month - $6,683/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: November 23, 2021 through January 2, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Contact Information

University Personnel

CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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