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Career Readiness Advisor - Orfalea College of Business

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Education Support Professionals, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Position Description

Job Summary

The Career Readiness Advisor for the Orfalea College of Business leads the planning and execution of activities focused on career preparation, networking, and career placement for approximately 150 graduate students. From providing personalized career counseling to fostering alumni connections and managing the Alumni Mentoring program, this role actively contributes to enhancing career opportunities and pathways for Orfalea graduate students. This position reports to the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and partners with Career Services to ensure the ongoing success of Orfalea's college-wide career readiness initiatives. 

Department Summary

The vision for the Orfalea College of Business is to be a transformational leader in experiential business education. Orfalea’s mission is to educate career-ready future business leaders in a polytechnic learn-by-doing environment and produce research that positively influences business and society.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to provide comprehensive advisement to students in exploring and setting career goals.
  • Advanced knowledge of career or academic counseling or advising.
  • Ability to interpret, communicate, and apply policies and procedures independently, and use sound judgement and discretion to act when precedents do not exist.
  • Ability to investigate problems, gather and analyze data and present information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to independently provide comprehensive individual and group advisement on complex matters using a thorough knowledge of individual and group behavior principles and counseling techniques.

Education and Experience

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution. Three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience.
  • A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience.
  • A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $63,315 - $74,239 Per Year

Classification Range: $60,300 - $85,908 Per Year

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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