Career Exploration Program Manager, Cornell University

Cornell’s Graduate School seeks a Program Manager to support career exploration and immersion opportunities for graduate students and postdocs across the Ithaca campus. This position works collaboratively as part of the Pathways to Success suite of professional development and academic success programs for graduate students and postdocs, and is a core member of the “BEST Plus” program group within the Graduate School. The Program Manager develops and delivers programs and opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs in all disciplines to explore aspects of various careers through flexible, experiential, empowering opportunities and to help them make informed decisions about their career paths after Cornell and develop skills for their professional development. The Program Manager helps to identify and implement strategies for conducting ongoing needs assessment, with an emphasis on social sciences, humanities and arts, related to career path exploration. Reporting to the Executive Director of Cornell BEST, the Program Manager assesses faculty/student needs and perceptions, builds support, and creates programs and resources responsive to these identified needs.

The Program Manager proactively provides coaching to and assists graduate students and postdocs with developing career-seeking skills and exploring relevant employment opportunities. The Program Manager provides guidance, advisement, and links to resources and tangible experiences within and beyond Cornell, working in a collaborative team (with Graduate School partners, and others on and off campus) to effect professional development programming and to foster relationships with contacts in key employment sectors to provide ongoing opportunities. If you are a positive, forward-thinking, innovative individual committed to creating paths to help graduate students and postdocs grow, and can imagine opportunities that mesh with employer needs, this position is for you.

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Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree with at least 3-5 years of experience in graduate student services, career and professional development, graduate education, engaged/experiential learning or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience working effectively with graduate students and developing meaningful programs to support their needs. Initiative, strong leadership skills, and the ability to build and maintain relationships are a must. Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills are required. Demonstrated ability to identify desired outcomes, develop and implement programs to achieve those outcomes, and adapt/respond to assessments. Must be able to support a diverse population of graduate students and postdocs and effectively collaborate with campus partners to provide graduate student services. Must possess a strong commitment to enhancing cross-cultural understanding across the university and demonstrate a comfort with ambiguity. Proven ability to identify, design and implement cross-population and targeted programs to a diverse group of graduate students. Experience advising graduate level/professional students. Ability to work under pressure with confidential information. Professionalism, tact, excellent judgment, flexibility, and a commitment to teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s or PhD degree in a social sciences, humanities or arts field and 5-7 years of experience in student services administration, graduate education administration, and project planning. Experience initiating a new project or program. Experience in database management, budget planning and grant administration. In-depth knowledge of promising practices in graduate education, and awareness of the national conversation for improving graduate education and training.

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