Advisor, Career Development

The Advisor plays a key role in delivering on The Washington Center’s (TWC) promise to provide students with a transformational experience. In this role, the Advisor is charged with providing extended learning opportunities (ELO) for interns that focus on career development in the Academic Internship Program (AIP). This person will identify learning opportunities and experiences that align with the career readiness curriculum sessions and facilitate the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. The Advisor will ensure that these ELOs are designed to individualize the student experience based on a student’s level (e.g. seniors, first generation college students) and will ensure a high level of quality and impact throughout each term.

Job Functions

  • Student Learning & Development
    • Design and implement a requisite number of high impact professional learning opportunities per semester to enhance student career development extended learning opportunities
    • Coordinate and collaborate with instructors to develop industry-specific career exploration activities including but not limited to career panel discussions, site visits, and topical programs
    • Collaborate with the LEAD instructors and Managers within AIP to ensure each student is progressing towards the development and understanding of career readiness
    • Collaborate and consult with other TWC staff and departments related to career readiness to ensure alignment for the student experience
    • Be well-versed in all colloquium modules; attend all LEAD debrief meetings and serve as backup for LEAD instructors as needed.
    • Plan and implement supplemental programming (Jumpstart Programming) for unplaced students or students with delayed starts to their internships – programming consist of coordinating guest speakers, providing additional training, and DC immersion activities
  • Career Readiness, Development Research and Reporting
    • Conduct regular research on workforce trends across industries and provide regular updates and reports to the instructors
    • Develop resources and supplemental materials for the career readiness curriculum with guidance from the manager of curriculum and instruction
    • Grow and maintain online content library of resources related to core development areas for job-seekers, including resume and cover letter creation / editing, networking, job search techniques, graduate school search and application processes, interviewing, and more.
  • ELO Assessment and Evaluation
    • Work with the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction and with Operational Effectiveness to plan and execute the evaluation and assessment of ELOs.
    • With leadership from the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, coordinate the pre and post career readiness assessments each semester in conjunction with assessment efforts with OISR and Operational Effectiveness
  • Student Recruitment
    • Recruit on average at between 3 to 4 colleges and universities each semester to promote TWC and to share TWC’s message, introducing the programs TWC offers to faculty, staff, administrators, and prospective students.

Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Experiential Education, Career Development or related field
  • Ability to conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant career readiness and educational topics.
  • Minimum 1 to 3 years of experience working with college students in career services, career development, or career readiness required.
  • Event planning experience is required.
  • Evening hours and some weekend hours are required

Preferred education, qualifications and experience:

  • Holds a Certification as a Strengths Coach or similar career coaching certification


  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Awareness
  • Leads People, Develop Others, Empowers Others
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities for career professionals
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and easily adaptable
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants’ experience and offers opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied
  • Demonstrates understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and actively addresses situations to ensure cultural and global competency
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals
  • Independent judgment and initiative
  • Strong project management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office with strong knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

May be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer

Physical Abilities

These are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.

Application Instructions

To get more information about The Washington Center, please visit our website. To apply for the position, please submit your resume and cover letter to: and write “Advisor, Career Development” and your last name in the subject line.

This job description is no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.