Grinnell Chamber

Exploratory Adviser

Full time
Posted: 05/29/2019
Grinnell, IA


Grinnell College’s Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) is seeking a passionate, student-centered professional to join their growing team as an exploratory adviser.

The Exploratory Adviser is the first point of contact for First-Year students for the Center for Careers, Life, and Service and serves as a welcoming, supportive resource as they transition and acclimate to college. This adviser’s primary focus is providing quality advising to First- and Second-Year students as they: 1) assess their values, strengths, interests; 2) explore professionally, personally, and civically and gain skills through high impact experiential learning experiences; and 3) connect and network with others to build professional relationships.

In addition to these advising responsibilities, the Exploratory Adviser will conduct outreach and programming with campus constituents, including first-year experience faculty members. Additionally, this individual will develop and refine resources to support student’s professional, personal, and civic development and exploration and perform general duties that advance the mission of the CLS.


Candidates must possess a master’s degree in counseling, student development, higher education, or related field and at least one year of experience in career development, higher education advising, or a similar field. The individual must understand, be able to articulate, and integrate the value and unique challenges of a liberal arts education into their advising style and approach.

Knowledge of career development, career exploration processes, and student development is required. Previous experience working with undecided undergraduate students in a liberal arts setting is strongly preferred. Familiarity with identifying and applying for experiential learning opportunities, including internships, is also required for this position. Knowledge of resume and cover letter writing standards is required. Experience and proficiency with incorporating the use of technology to deliver career services as well as excellent project management and problem solving skills are highly desired.

Exploratory Advisers must possess exceptional communication (verbal and written) skills and have the ability to interact and collaborate effectively with all levels of the College community, including students, faculty, alumni, staff, and administrators. This individual should also demonstrate a commitment to professional and ethical standards as they relate to advising and counseling.

Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

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