Grinnell Chamber

Exploratory Adviser

Full time
Posted: 05/23/2024
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources


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

The Exploratory Adviser is the first point of contact for First-Year students at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service. It 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, and interests; 2) explore personal, professional, and academic interests and gain skills through high-impact experiential learning experiences; and 3) connect and network with others to build professional relationships. Additionally, the Exploratory Adviser provides general career advising to second year and upper-division students. Advising activities may include but are not limited to career exploration; resume and cover letter writing; internship and job searching; interview preparation; exploring/applying to graduate school; considering post-graduate service; and negotiating offers.

The Exploratory Adviser will conduct outreach and programming with campus constituents, including first-year tutorial course faculty members, 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advise Students
  • Provide Campus Outreach and Programming
  • Research and Develop Resources/Materials
  • Support the CLS


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Candidates must possess a master’s degree in counseling, student development, higher education, or related field.
  • At least one year of work experience in career development, higher education advising, or a similar field (must possess demonstrated experience in advising or one-on-one individual coaching).
  • Candidates must be interested in working with a diverse learning community (students, faculty, and staff) and promoting the tenets of equity and inclusion.
  • Candidates for this role must have experience delivering presentations and workshops.
  • Exploratory Advisers must possess exceptional communication (verbal and written) skills and can 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 some evenings and weekends.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of career development, career exploration processes, and student development.
  • Familiarity with identifying and applying for experiential learning opportunities, including internships and research opportunities, and knowledge of résumé and cover letter writing standards.


Special Instructions to Applicants: Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check prior to first day of employment. 


Diversity Statement: 

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational and working environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.


Professional References

Supplemental Questions:

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Public Job Posting
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Agency Referral
    • Advertisement/Publication 
    • Personal Referral
    • Website
    • Other
  2. * Are you related to any current faculty or staff member at Grinnell College? If yes, who is it and what is your relationship?

    (Open Ended Question)


Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of References

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