Assistant Director, Career Services

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 29

Position description

Reporting to the Associate Dean, works to implement multifaceted strategy of educating, advising and supporting students in their efforts to find employment opportunities. Will serve as the department's primary career counselor for a portfolio of students with a wide variety of interests and specializations, with a particular focus and leadership role working with faculty and students in the new data degree program, dual degree computer science candidates and students interested in computational and investigative journalism. Responsible for developing a strategic plan with annual reports to identify and build out relationships with key companies, players and targets of opportunity at the intersection of technology and media and in the evolving realms of data and computational journalism. Creates new connections and partnerships with newsroom editors as well as stakeholders in tech companies currently outside of traditional journalism channels who may be moving into the realm or interested in employing our graduates. Educates students and stakeholders within the school and in the field about the landscape of data journalism and applications of information acquisition, mining, analysis and visualization in reporting, social media and content curation. Counseling focus will also include international students. 

Provides career counseling appointments for students and recent graduates and tailored advising on career paths, employment opportunities, resume and cover letter reviews, interviewing skills, salary negotiation and more. Serves as an expert resource on the industry and employment landscape for students, faculty and administration, with special knowledge about opportunities in data and computational journalism; Serves as first contact and a resource of information about events, departmental offerings and internship and job opportunities. Directs students and alumni to various resources helpful in job search. Handles publicity for employment opportunities, career events, deadlines and other special events; Conceive and deliver career education programming to students; Develop relationships with a wide range of employers, with special responsibilities in the cultivation of connections with editors and hiring managers interested in data and computational journalists, investigative editors, and managers and recruiters from tech companies; Responsible for generating a strategic plan and new portfolio of connections with editors and recruiters from technology companies to learn about the industry, advocate for our data and computational journalism degree candidates and create employment opportunities; Connects with employers through site visits, calls and email and attends industry conferences and events to keep abreast of the industry and solicit opportunities for J-schoolers; Will serve as primary liaison with a select portfolio of employers. Manages career related inquiries, educates recruiters about J-school programs and populations and directs them in the use of resources provided by the office; Manages all aspects of selected internship programs and Columbia based fellowships. Makes connections between applicant pool and employers. Pitches and creates new post- graduate internship/fellowship programs particularly in the field of data journalism; Actively recruits employers for the annual Career Expo; Builds databases on internship and fellowship programs, employer contacts, and application procedures. Posts on JobNews, updates web site and social media platforms; Provides logistical and production support for the annual Career Expo; Oversees the department's budget; Represents the department on school-wide committees, and journalism events; Analyzes employment related data.  


Education: Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent required. Master's degree preferred 

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years related experience, preferably on the editorial side of journalism, student counseling and or academic management in the field.  

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