Career Counselor

Penn State University
Full time Full day
Shawnee, PA


Penn State Career Services, is seeking applicants for a 10-month, Level 2 or Level 3 Career Counselor position, depending on the candidate’s background. This position, reporting to the Associate Director for Career Counseling, primarily meets with students for the purposes of clarifying students' career goals, engaging in career research, and developing an active strategy to reach career goals. These meetings occur within brief (10-15 minute) drop-in sessions and within scheduled (50-60 minute) career counseling appointments

The Career Counselors meet with undergraduate as well as graduate students from each academic college, use career self-assessment tools to assist students in making career decisions, and develop strategies with the students to aid in reaching career goals, such as securing internships, full-time employment, or acceptance into graduate/professional school programs

Further, the career counselor develops and delivers a range of career presentations for student classes and student organizations. Presentation topics include "Resume Building", "Interviewing", "Orientation to Career Services", "What Can I do with a major in ....", and "How to Conduct a Job / Internship Search", among other topics. Additionally, career counselors assist with our major events such as Career Services' Open Houses and Career Fairs

We are seeking applicants who strive to provide outstanding service to students, who are comfortable supporting and working with students who are uncertain of their career goals, and who excel and actively contribute within a team environment

This position typically requires a Master's degree or higher in Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education, Student Affairs, Higher Education, or related discipline, and 1 or more years of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs

The counselor must be skilled at interpersonal counseling, demonstrate multicultural competence, and be grounded in both career and personal development theory. Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application

This is an 83.3% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Months off are June and July. Full Penn State benefits included

The Pennsylvania State University and Student Affairs is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Student Affairs upholds that mission through our commitment to developing an equity-minded community that fosters students’ academic, social, cultural, and personal growth.


Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.

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