Career Development Office
The Associate Director (AD), Career Education represents the Career Development Office (CDO) of MIT Sloan to ensure the highest levels of career preparation for 800+ Master of Business Administration (MBA) students, our top-ranked flagship degree program at MIT Sloan, and 48+ Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students, and 10+ Master of Management Science (MSMS) students. Providing career development support and services for these students, the AD, Career Education works closely with the Director of Career Education, the Senior AD of MBA Career Education & Advising, and other Career Education team members across programs. The AD creates and delivers comprehensive career education curricular materials and programming, spends significant time individually advising and coaching students, and engages with student clubs, alumni, employers, and faculty to inform and support the career education process.
Provides one-on-one advising to students on all aspects of career development
Coaches and guides goal setting, self-reflection, and career exploration with students
Reviews materials (resumes, email outreach, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, etc.) and job search techniques and strategies, including effective networking, interview preparation (behavioral, case, and technical), and offer negotiations
Must be comfortable with and able to address the emotional needs and stresses of highly motivated graduate students in the early stages of their careers
Proactively reaches out to students to understand progress and provides insights to CDO team and other MIT Sloan internal stakeholders on student success, outcomes, and trends
Career Education and Programming (20%):
Actively contributes to the strategic design and delivery of relevant, innovative, and timely career programming for the MBA, LGO, and MSMS students to enable student success
Innovates and leverages cutting-edge tools and technologies to provide best-in-class career programming that is customizable and scalable in both small and large group settings, online/on-demand, and in-person
Identifies and manages opportunities to engage guest speakers, alumni, and industry experts in career education programs and/or in partnership with student clubs, and solicits market feedback to guide programming with industry needs
Collaborates with the MBA and LGO Program Offices and other internal stakeholders to ensure career education programming is consistent with and attune to broader student needs and requirements
Employer Relations / Industry Knowledge (10%):
Collaborates with the Employer Relations & Recruiting (ER&R) team to maintain knowledge for advising, understand recruiting processes, and share insights with employers
Shares student feedback on target employers to help identify employer outreach strategy; participates in communication and employer visits with ER&R colleagues when possible
Gathers actionable feedback from students and/or employers to continuously improve career education for the MBA, LGO, and MSMS students
May accompany students on industry “treks” or study tours and participate in career development and industry conferences in the U.S. and abroad
May eventually engage directly with employers to support the ER&R efforts
Clubs and Career Communities (5%):
The AD is actively involved in the student-run industry, affinity, regional, and other professionally focused clubs. This may entail partnering with the clubs in the development of a calendar of events and activities, acting as a point of contact within the CDO, and sharing knowledge across platforms to educate and uncover opportunities.
Contributes to the design and distribution of timely CDO newsletters to students and customized resources and blogs for the Your CDO website. Assists in creating content for online and print materials to market the MBA program and career outcomes.
Other duties may be required to support the broader Career Education efforts and CDO team, including occasional travel and attendance at events in the evenings, especially during peak times. Expected to partner closely with the MBA and LGO Program Offices and may need to collaborate with Admissions to assist in recruiting and interviewing efforts of prospective and admitted students.
This role requires being on campus on a weekly basis; for those interested, there is an option to work remotely for a portion of the week, but the expectation is that the AD is on campus each week.
Application Deadline: November 18, 2021
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Minimum three years of professional work experience
Exceptional candidates will possess:
Master’s degree and a minimum of three years working in career services; MBA or similar graduate degree highly preferred
Solid knowledge of post-MBA careers preferred
Professional experience in career development and/or corporate recruiting
Strong career development coaching, collaboration, and communication skills
High level of comfort presenting to both large and small groups, both in-person and online
Ability to think strategically, manage projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines
Team player with a focus on impact with both student and team success
Desire to innovate, continuously learn, and experiment
Motivation and appreciation for MIT Sloan’s mission “to develop principled, innovative leaders to improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice”
Humility, humor, and a passion for helping students reach career goals
Demonstrates desire and drive for learning that enhances individual performance and contributes to organizational effectiveness
Manages ambiguity and navigates change while being comfortable and confident working in a fast-paced and changing environment
Collaborates with others while respectfully advancing organizational goals and achieving desired outcomes
Builds diversity and inclusion by modeling and promoting the MIT values and contributing to an environment where everyone feels supported and is able to thrive
Commensurate with Experience
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THE MIT SLOAN CDO
The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.
This is an exciting time to be in the Career Development Office (CDO) at MIT Sloan. Since summer 2018, the CDO has been undergoing a transformation of culture, technology, mindset and metrics. At the core of the CDO re-imagination, led by an inaugural Assistant Dean, is a guiding focus on culture as a management system, with key principles around collaboration, community, design, diversity, optimization and outcomes driving strategy.
Our Philosophy: Transformations Over Transactions
At MIT Sloan, we see our students as the heroes and ourselves as their guides. Our goal is to educate, encourage, and empower students to manage their careers successfully. We encourage students to take on a new position: as CEOs of their career. With our support and guidance, MIT’s culture of experimentation and iteration make it the perfect environment for students to explore and design the next stage of their career. Our agile career management process gives students tools to identify and pursue opportunities. Whether they have come to MIT Sloan to develop skills to advance on their current path, pivot to a new industry or function, or join a startup or entrepreneurial venture, the CDO offers strategies and resources to help students find their next opportunity. We support students in generating new ideas for career paths, learning about paths through research and networking, and leveraging information and data to guide their decisions.
As strategic partners, we support students by:
Guiding them in discovering what work will be most fulfilling.
Sharing expertise, resources, and an effective approach for making successful career transitions.
Supporting students in creating a plan with specific action steps to help them reach their goal.
Advising students on tactical elements of the job search, including writing resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles; conducting research and creating lists of target companies; and networking.
Acknowledging and championing our students as they take action in support of their goals.
The MIT Sloan CDO works with approximately 800MBA/LGO students, 160Master of Finance students, 60 Master of Business Analytics, and 12 MSMS students annually (MBA and Specialty Master’s students). There are two distinct student facing teams of career advisors who comprise the MBA and the Specialty Master’s programs teams. These teams create and evaluate innovative program offerings that best meet the needs of each unique population while simultaneously leveraging best practices across the portfolio of programs. Success in this role is measured based upon Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) focused on student and CDO team engagement, satisfaction, and outcomes.
Susan Brennan, Assistant Dean of Career Development, MIT Sloan School of Management
Susan is the Inaugural Assistant Dean of Career Development at MIT Sloan. As the leader of career development at one of the world’s premier business schools, she provides strategic vision and management of a team of 26 career services professionals serving students and alumni across MIT Sloan’s diverse portfolio of graduate business programs. Susan takes to heart MIT Sloan’s mission to develop innovative principled leaders who improve the world and is inspired every day to find new ways to support them in making an impact. Previously, Susan was the Associate Vice President of University Career Services at Bentley University, and led a team that ranked the #1 Career Services and #1 Internship Program in the country by the Princeton Review and was awarded the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Excellence Award.
Susan’s approach as a higher education leader has been to reframe the Career Services narrative by focusing on students as heroes in their career journey. Using a human-centered design approach, she encourages her teams to start with empathy, compassion, and love to design transformative career experiences for students. She is a bold advocate for embracing diverse perspectives, advancing equity and access to opportunity, and ensuring that that meaningful career development experiences are not left to chance. Her top 10 Gallup CliftonStrengths are Strategic, Relator, Woo, Ideation, Activator, Self-Assurance, Significance, Intellection, Input, and Command. As Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, she embraces these talents as an innovative change agent who thrives in a culture that celebrates human potential and embraces the freedom to take risks and fail fast. She has leaned on these talents during the pandemic and brings vulnerability, courage and authenticity to her leadership approach at a time when we need each other more than ever to thrive at work and in life.
A recognized thought leader on career preparedness topics, Susan is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Radio and Business Insider and is quoted frequently in major media including U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Times. She recently served on the Board of Directors of the NACE and chaired the Labor Market and Career Services committee for the New England Board of Higher Education Commission on Higher Education and Employability. Prior to entering higher education, Susan was a management consultant focused on human capital strategies. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and an MBA from Babson College.
Rose Keating, Director of Career Education
Rose Keating joined MIT Sloan in May 2020 as the Director of Career Education and leads a team of advisors supporting the MBA, Leaders for Global Operations, Master of Finance, Master of Business Analytics, and Master of Science in Management Studies students. Rose has been designing career outcomes for graduate business students and private clients since 2012 and has coached business professionals from 120+ countries to successfully land jobs across all 7 continents.
With over a decade of experience working with graduate business students on career design, Rose’s approach to career development is founded on the belief that students are whole, complete and capable of executing successful career transitions with guidance, encouragement and support. Teaching principles that are even more important amidst the waves of unprecedented disruption in 2020, her team empowers students to transform their goals into actions – leveraging experimentation, resilience, and the resources and network of MIT. Embracing the opportunity 2020 has offered to reexamine the systems and values used to educate students, the Career Education team has re-committed to creating opportunities and access for all students, to support them in designing meaningful careers and overcoming career challenges, including challenges created by discrimination.
Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Rose was the Director of Graduate Career Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, where she led teams of career coaches and developed career curricula for their master’s-level business students. Rose began her career as a Staffing Consultant at Beacon Hill Staffing Group and transitioned to project management at a technology start-up and global pharmaceutical company before finding her way back to the world of higher education. Rose holds a BS in Business Administration from Questrom School of Business at Boston University and completed a Master’s in Education Leadership and Policy Studies in 2020 from Boston University with a focus on MBA career development.
Emily James, Senior Associate Director, MBA Career Education and Advising
Emily James joined MIT Sloan in October 2018. In her current role, she oversees the MBA career planning, programming, education, and outcomes for Sloan’s MBA, LGO, MSMS, and HKS programs. Working with the Director of Career Education, she oversees the development of a high-tech and high-touch career advising program that supports students pursing roles at established firms with structured MBA hiring, growing start-ups, and early stage companies. She is passionate about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is focused on prioritizing efforts around the CDO’s DEI strategy to ensure the unique needs of affinity populations are addressed in advising and coaching. A CliftonStrengths certified coach (her top five Strengths are Communication, Empathy, Achiever, Woo, and Includer), Emily strives to take a Strengths-based approach to advising students and managing the MBA advising team.
Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Emily worked at Bain Capital, where she focused on recruiting, professional development, and training for the Private Equity team. Before that, she worked in recruiting at McKinsey & Company, where she supported the firm’s recruiting efforts at MIT Sloan, MIT, and Harvard Business School. Emily holds a B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College and an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College.
APPLICATIONS & DEADLINES
Applications for this role will be accepted until November 18, 2021. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to Emily James, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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