Professional Development Advisor, Mexico 100 (Temporary)
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, Washington, D.C. - Washington, DC

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Position Description:

The Professional Development Advisor will be responsible for working directly with Mexican Young Professionals to provide excellent customer service, supervision, and advisement. The desired start date will be mid/late-August, 2014 and ends on May 29 th , 2015.



Internship Site Development and Placement Process
  • Conduct initial phone calls with accepted program participants to determine their professional goals, internship interests and provide individualized advising on potential internship placements.
  • Enter and manage placement related data collected in the initial meeting and through other interactions in database with program coordinator's assistance.
  • In coordination with Program Coordinator, efficiently revise/request revision of application documents as needed to make candidates' digital application packets more competitive in the referral process.
  • Research and identify prospective internship sites based on program needs.
  • Work with Program Coordinator to manage, track and update database of all active internship sites. .
  • Conduct the matching/referral process by acquiring internship information, contacting candidates, sending referrals, coordinating interviews and actively tracking the status of referrals, interviews and offers.

Program Participant Instruction
  • Create a program briefing book outlining the program goals, objectives, requirements and activities.
  • Guide up to 40 participants per semester by providing an experience incorporating leadership, civic engagement and professional achievement.
  • Host orientation sessions two times a year to prepare participants for professional development.
  • Lead small group meetings at least four to five times per semester focusing on highlighting speaker series, professional development programming and other topics.
  • Plan at least eight to ten program events that complement the internship experience and enhance the participant experience.
  • Help/support the Civic Engagement team in executing the Civic Engagement project for program participants.
  • Provide guidance on participants' project development.

Participant Experience
  • Manage all placements and placement development for program participants.
  • Monitor participant/supervisor relationship for professional development and enhancement of professional skill sets.
  • Serve as a liaison between the participant and the internship supervisor for problems that may occur.
  • Develop relationship with internship supervisor and internship site that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor's role in facilitating participants' learning in a professional setting.

Participant Advisement
  • Mentor participants while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring achieving program goals and overall progress throughout the semester.
  • Provide individualized counseling for participants throughout the internship experience.
  • Manage and execute interviews for program participants.
  • Communicate TWC policies including financial assistance, to both participants and internship sites.

Education and Experience an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered :
  • Master's degree required.
  • Fluency in Spanish required.
  • One to three years of experience in working with young professionals in advising, mentoring, or supervision capacities within specific area desired
  • Ability to conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant educational topics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities which are critical to the successful performance of the job. These may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with the position :
  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants' experience and offer opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and ability to actively address situations to ensure cultural and global competency
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals
  • Independent judgment and initiative
Equipment Used to Perform the Job which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position :
  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer
Physical Abilities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.