Overview of Role
A common cry from employers today is that there is a large “skills gap” in America. The argument goes: there are many job seekers, but too few of these individuals are prepared for and qualified for the positions they are applying for. Job postings go unfilled for months at a time, and companies simply can’t find the right people.
At Duet, we do not believe this to be true. Through our program, we’ve met talented and driven individuals who are capable of difficult and complex work, and many of our students have overcome significant challenges in their lives that have prepared them for the rigors of the workplace. In order to ensure that our students receive a fair look from employers and succeed in the jobs they obtain, we believe we need to think innovatively about career coaching and provide support beyond the traditional resume and soft skill workshops.
To that end, we are seeking a Director of Student Employment to join our growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone that relishes the idea of building close relationships with students and coaching them on how to be successful amidst the nuances of today’s workplace. The Director of Student Employment must be deeply curious about a student’s background and experiences and willing to go deeper in an effort to uncover information that perhaps the student can’t even explain regarding their career goals. This work requires operating with a sense of urgency and ownership and the highest level of professionalism.
Key metrics this position will be evaluated on are noted below (there will be sub-metrics used to drive these larger goals and these goals will evolve over time as awareness about the organization and needs grow):
- 70% of AA graduates are earning $36,000+/yr OR enrolled in a BA program
- 70% of BA graduates are earning $40,000+/yr OR enrolled in a MA program
Detailed Job Responsibilities
The Director of Student Employment will provide direct support to students and graduates in the following areas:
Job Counseling and Exploration: Our students are incredible individuals, and have a diverse array of backgrounds, interests, and skills. A key aspect of this role will be to work closely with students and
graduates to identify job opportunities where they can leverage their prior work experience, interests and backgrounds. Much of this work requires the Director of Student Employment to ‘decode’ or translate language in a job description so students understand what employers are truly looking for AND help students communicate their experience and skills in language relevant to employers.
Job Application Preparation: The job application process can be unclear and complicated. Often, our students and graduates do not have networks that have prepared them to navigate these processes. There are parts of the application process that are widely considered important but are highly subjective (e.g., interviews). Therefore, the Employment Coach must utilize superb judgment and an individualized approach to ensure that Duet candidates get the “look” they deserve from potential employers and put them on a level playing field with other applicants. This work includes resume and cover letter preparation, interview preparation, and networking support.
On-The-Job Coaching: Our career work is unique in that we not only provide support to students and
graduates during the job application process but also provide ‘on the job’ coaching to ensure that our
students feel supported and successful in their new roles. This work may include helping students learn how to make connections in the workplace or recover from a professional misstep. Ultimately, the Director of Student Employment's role is to provide mentorship, support, and expert advice to our new professionals.
The Director of Student Employment will report directly to our Chief Operating Officer.