Career Coach


Work to ensure Columbia College students are professionally prepared to be a more productive, effective, and desired talent in the workforce and their communities. Cover core components of personal preparation, including: social, professional, “hard” and “soft” skills. Provide ongoing support to ensure students meet their goals. Observe and record student’s performance, behavior, and development. Provide tools and resources for faculty to seamlessly integrate career development methods and techniques into academics and advising in order to give Columbia College students the competitive edge. Maintain accurate and complete records and provide reports in a timely manner.


  • Master’s Degree in Student Development, Counseling, Higher Education, Human Resources or related field and 2-5 years of experience in college career services or related setting preferred. Global Career Development Facilitator credential strongly preferred. Bachelor’s Degree and 4 years of related experience in an educational or recruiting setting providing direct service to students or professionals is required.
  • Strong knowledge of career development, professional coaching, and career assessment instruments such as Kuder, MBTI, and Holland.
  • Working knowledge of occupational, employment, and graduate study resources/materials.
  • Experience in workshop/program development with excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong critical thinking, oral, and written communication skills and relationship building skills.
  • Flexibility and the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Understanding of computer systems supporting student services, including Word, Excel, and social media.
  • Ability to work with a diverse student population.


The essential functions of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

Instruct/coach students in the fundamentals of career planning. Help students evaluate strengths and weaknesses in specific knowledge/skill areas so they choose a career direction and prepare an action plan for career success. Help students understand their abilities, talents, interests, and personality characteristics in order to develop realistic academic and career options.

Teach students life long career development techniques and how to create an individualized plan.

Plan, organize, and conduct individual and/or group sessions with students, faculty/academic departments, residence halls, and student organizations. Provide training, direction, encouragement, and motivation in order to prepare students for career exploration. Establish good interpersonal relationships to help students feel valued, involved, and supported. Provide timely, specific and appropriate feedback about career tasks and activities.

Encourage students to use the Center for Career Coaching and Professional Development during all four years of college and offer appropriate services to cover the entire span of college utilizing the Four Year Career Development Plan. Administer and interpret career assessment instruments, discuss school adjustment, and study habits. Identify barriers, explaining and providing positive models and opportunities for observation in order to help students develop skills.

Serve as a liaison and resource for faculty, staff, and student services departments as assigned. Collaborate with faculty and staff to maximize student learning, development, and success during college, post-undergraduate education, and in the world of work. Market departmental programming in the classroom and to faculty to encourage the importance of career development and the college experience.

Network with off-campus constituents and employers in order to connect students and faculty members with career resources.

Serve on committees, meetings, and assist with administrative responsibilities as assigned.

Management retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time.

Interested applicants should provide application and resume with cover letter. Also, for Federal and State reporting purposes only, please complete the attached Affirmative Action form and send to:

Kenetta Pierce, Director of Career Coaching & Professional Development at ‘Career Coach – Job Application’ should be used as the subject line in all submissions or mail to:

Columbia College
Attn: Kenetta Pierce
1301 Columbia College Drive
Columbia, SC 29203


Application and Affirmative Action form