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NOTE: The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Career Counselor

Apply now Job no: 513659
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services


Job Summary

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director and receiving work lead direction from the Senior Career Counselor - Program Lead, the Career Counselor supports the New Student Programs team serving as a liaison for the Career Center, providing quality career services and outreach to targeted student groups and campus partners. Provides career development and job search counseling for undecided and decided students, in both individual and group settings and in various modalities (in-person/virtual). The Career Counselor also supports the development of digital/on-line career programs and resources.


Key Responsibilities

  • Supports career counseling team to develop, market, and implement career development programs (First Year Experience, New Student Orientation, Transfer Orientation) targeted primarily new student populations (Freshman, Transfers) in partnership with the academic partners to ensure students build awareness and access to career preparation resources/services
  • Advise students with understanding the career/major exploration process, how to access and use career development resources/tools and advise on various career topics, including building quality job/internship searches, resume/portfolio preparation, interviewing, and networking competencies
  • Conducts workshops and facilitates groups on various career development, and job search topics
  • Supports learning/programmatic outcomes with campus partners, employers, community partners and the Center team
  • Supports development of resources, online/virtual tools relevant to programmatic and career education needs
  • Support outreach and communications with academic partners from assigned colleges, programs, and related academic clubs, student organizations and relevant professional/community organizations
  • Delivers preparatory programs and workshops both virtually and in-person
  • Participates in pop-up and career center advising/outreach tables across campus and via partner success centers as needed


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Skilled in development and use of virtual and on-line, distance-learning employment-related tools and resources
  • Familiar with career education systems: Canvas, Focus2, VMock, PeopleGrove, Handshake
  • Excellent communication, presentation, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Possess excellent customer service and public relations skills with demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators and employers
  • Knowledge of principles of individual and group behavior, career development, and counseling techniques
  • Ability to advise students individually or in groups on varied and complex matters; ability to determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals and groups in personal interactions of a sensitive nature
  • Ability to function successfully in a detail-oriented environment, handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects


Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job‑related field
  • Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field. A master’s degree in a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, I/O Psychology or a related field
  • 2 years of experience advising or counseling students in a higher education setting
  • Experience with industry and relevant career and internship opportunities in the marketplace
  • 2 years of experience in developing, implementing, and administrating in-person or virtual programs relevant to career development, counseling, or employment
  • Certified to administer and interpret career assessments (Strong, MBTI)



Classification: Student Service Professional II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,304/month - $4,500/month
CSU Hiring Range: $4,304/month - $6,120/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.



Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 4, 2022 through May 22, 2022. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement as a condition of employment. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at



Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021