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South Dakota State University
Office of Career Development
South Dakota
Posted: 05/28/2021
Career Education Coordinator

The Office of Career Development at South Dakota State University is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Career Education Coordinator. We are seeking a people-centered professional who values diversity and inclusion, demonstrates a commitment to customer service, and is dedicated to helping undergraduate and graduate students become career-ready. As the Office of Career Development seeks to grow, engage, and cultivate a career-everywhere culture, the Career Education Coordinator will collaborate with campus partners to ensure scalable best practices of career education to prepare all students for career success. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt position that reports to the Director of Career Development. The Office of Career Development is part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


· Collaborate with campus partners, including faculty/instructors and academic advisors, to ensure scalable best practices of career education for all students.

· Design, facilitate, implement, and evaluate curriculum and programs for campus partners to serve the career education needs of students.

· Create, facilitate, and evaluate career-related presentations for diverse constituents, including undergraduate and graduate students. Present to academic classes, student organizations, and workshop audiences either in-person or in a virtual format.

· Provide career education, resources, and tools to a diverse population of students in individual and group sessions through drop-in hours and scheduled appointments, either in-person or in a virtual format. Maintain records of interactions with students.

· Assist students with career and major exploration, career readiness and development, professional document preparation (resumes/cover letters), interview preparation, internship and job search strategies, and additional career-related needs.

· Assist students in determining career goals and objectives through self-evaluation, assessment of career interests, and exploration of career paths and majors.

· Assist students in assessing graduate or professional school paths and with professional or personal statements needed for application to graduate or professional school.

· Assist in developing, training, and supervising student staff in delivery of career-related content, such as resume reviews and interview preparation.

· Collaborate with the Career Development team to strategically plan, organize, market, implement, and evaluate programs, services, initiatives, and events related to career development and student success.

· Work with the Career Development team to plan, market, implement, and work at several career fairs, both on- and off-campus. Help identify and market internship, job, and experiential learning opportunities to students.

· Develop collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders for programming, services, and initiatives related to career development and student success.

· With a people-centered approach, provide exceptional customer service to all stakeholders.

· Actively participate in and contribute to student success initiatives and events as identified by departmental and University leadership.


· Master’s degree in Student Affairs/Personnel, Counseling, Education, Higher Education Administration, or related field completed by first day of employment.

· At least one year of experience working in career advising, academic advising, or related experience. (Graduate assistantship and/or related graduate internship experience is acceptable.)

· People-centered professional who values diversity and inclusion and demonstrates a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to all stakeholders.

· Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility.

· Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.

· Ability to create and facilitate career education curriculum, presentations and resources that can be delivered in-person or in a virtual format to diverse constituents.

· Ability to organize, implement, and evaluate programs, events, and projects.

· Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative partnerships for programming, services, and student-success initiatives.

· Evidence of strong interpersonal skills with an understanding of and enthusiasm for today’s undergraduate and graduate student experience.

· Experience with Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel.

· Strong aptitude for and willingness to learn new technologies.

· Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends and shifts longer than eight hours.

· Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.



· Knowledge of career development theory.

· Knowledge of college student development theory.

· Knowledge and use of career assessment instruments (e.g., FOCUS 2 Career, Strengths Finder).

· Knowledge and use of career services technologies and software (e.g., Handshake).

· Experience teaching and/or developing curriculum.


Mid-$40s, dependent on qualifications and experience.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 18, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact search committee chair Kayla Bucknell, Assistant Director of Employer Engagement, at 605-688-4425 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.