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Career Advisor

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh, Fox Cities, and Fond du Lac Campuses
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Career Development Coordinator
Business Title: Career Advisor
Employment Class: Non-Instructional Academic Staff
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $41,000-$45,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: Annual, Fixed-Term Renewable 
Position Summary:

Coordinates and delivers career development programming, resource materials, and/or advising to students and alumni. Educates students, alumni, and other stakeholders about career development and opportunities and maintains relationships to aid in effective career planning. Strives to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive work environment.

UW Oshkosh provides a competitive benefits package for all benefit-eligible positions. Click here for more details.


Career & Professional Development educates, prepares, and connects students to pursue meaningful lives and careers. Career Advisors play a vital role in ensuring Career & Professional Development fulfills this mission. Career Advisors are responsible for advising students and alumni, designing career education programs, coordinating networking opportunities and fostering relationships with faculty, employers and graduate education programs tailored to meet the career development needs of students related to specific industries. Career Advisors are committed to becoming content experts related to assigned industry areas by researching, developing, and curating information to enhance students’ learning about various career paths. Career Advisors also serve as liaisons between Career & Professional Development  and assigned academic departments within the University to effectively collaborate in providing Professional Skills programs tailored for specific majors.


Career Advising & Assessment

Provides individualized career advising to students and alumni on a diverse array of topics including career exploration, career readiness, professionalism, job search strategies, and graduate school preparation. Leads group advising sessions, workshops, and classroom presentations. Understand outcomes of UWO graduates by major, college, and industry.  Implement an outreach plan with designated groups of students to inform, motivate and collect first destination outcome data.  Work with the Assistant Director of Employer Relations to secure a 90%+ overall rate of completion annually.  Applies knowledge of student development and outcomes that accommodates the diverse needs of UWO students.

Industry Expertise

Creates and fosters student success  through individual/group career coaching, programming and events, connections and resources tailored to the career development needs of assigned industry areas. Specific tasks include:

  • Serving as a designated advisor for students who identify with assigned industries and majors.
  • Staying informed about related career paths, industry trends, employers, graduate programs, and opportunities.
  • Identifying, maintaining, and creating industry-specific resources.
  • Generating contact lists of “industry-experts” comprised of alumni and professionals who are willing to connect with students for inquiries, informational interviews, job shadowing, etc.

Academic Liaison

Serves as a designated point person between Career & Professional Development and an allotted group of academic departments and majors; develops and fosters productive working relationships with related faculty and staff. Collaborates and partners with departmental contacts to develop discipline-specific resources and events. Facilitates workshops requested by departmental faculty and student groups. Informs faculty of specific career opportunities and employer visits to campus. Engages in departmental meetings and events. Stays informed of and communicates departmental first destination outcomes. 

Programming & Events

Creates and plans programs and events that provide educational and/or networking opportunities for students. Types of programs could include workshops, meet-ups, seminars, presentations, fairs, panels, site visits, job shadowing and in-person or virtual networking events. Assists Professional Skills Manager with coordinating timelines, logistics, and details required of assigned programs and events. Collaborates effectively with Career & Professional Development colleagues, academic departments, faculty, student groups and other campus partners to plan and promote events. Works within a designated team to plan and coordinate events associated with assigned industry areas. Assists with general Career & Professional Development programs and events as needed, often requiring evening and sometimes weekend participation.


Develops and maintains relationships with employers, professional associations, alumni, parents, and graduate programs for advising, networking, programming, and other career education purposes. In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Employer Relations connects students with employers and alumni via classroom presentations, networking events, and other career programs. Communicates regularly with the Assistant Director for Employer Relations to become aware of new employer connections that are relevant to assigned industry areas. Tracks and communicates with employer and graduate school contact referrals with coordinating campus recruiting activities. Assists with relevant employer outreach meetings and site visits, and represents UWO/UWO CPD at events featuring employers, alumni, and parents. Stays current with employers, job opportunities and recruiting events posted on Handshake, promotes accordingly. Serves as a liaison to an assigned affinity group of students representing a specific identity or population.

Technology & Communications

Becomes familiar and trained on all career tools and technologies offered by Career & Professional Development; proficiency with utilizing Handshake is essential. Informs students and academic departments about recruiting opportunities, events, and activities through appropriate mediums (via Handshake, Outlook, Navigate, etc.). Works with the Assistant Director of Marketing to create various materials for promotional purposes.

Other Administrative Duties

  • Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information, to inform students and the University.
  • Serves on other campus committees as assigned.
  • Engages in recruitment and retention efforts by volunteering or supporting campus initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned by Assistant Director or Director.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of two years' experience in education, recruiting or related experience.  (Undergraduate internships/practicum experience will be considered)
  • Demonstrated presentation skills along with strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Education: Master’s degree
  • 1-3 years’ experience working in an area of career development (Graduate assistantship/internship/practicum experience will be considered)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion  
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application: Resume, cover letter, and three professional references

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by Monday, March 27th are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date will be given consideration until the position is filled. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or