TL Career Development Officer
The International Services & Programs Officer is currently looking for a TL Career Development Officer reporting to the Program Director. This position is based on Beirut campus with occasional commuting to Byblos campus, and requires presence on campus on a daily basis.
Schedule: Full Time equivalent to 40 hours/week.
The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program (TL) is an initiative between the U.S, Department of State’s U.S. -Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and the Lebanese American University (LAU) for capable and highly motivated young scholars in the Middle East and North Africa who are from unreserved backgrounds.
The TL Career Development Officer assists TL students in managing their career path while on the program and planning their professional development experiences to allow them to achieve their professional goals beyond the program. Additionally, the Officer coordinates the two TL internship requirements (civic/professional) in close coordination with LAU career offices and NGOs/Institutions fit to receive TL students and willing to provide a professional and educational opportunity. The Officer facilitates these internships, by providing a safe, professional, and useful network of NGO/institutions in Lebanon and in their home countries for better economic opportunity.
The main objective is to help increase the employability of the students by providing them with skill building options and networking opportunities on an international level, as well as provide guidance and support to individuals at various stages of their careers, from students and graduates to experienced professionals seeking career changes.
Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Implements a comprehensive process to place TL students in useful and enriching internships to fulfill their civic and professional internship requirements
- Supports students in finding professional internships and volunteering activities by connecting with NGOs/companies/institutions
- Assists senior students develop effective job search strategies, including searching for job openings, networking techniques, and utilizing online platforms and resources
- Coordinates with LAU career offices to identify top professional institutions willing and able to host students on internships as per the requirement
- Connects with local and international NGOs to coordinate TL student internships and prepares relevant MOUs to organize the collaboration
- Advises students on opportunities available and coordinates with them to fulfill the requirement
- Plans workshops on various advanced career-related topics
- Follows up on LAU Career Office workshops
- Identifies skill gaps and recommends professional development opportunities to enhance individuals’ marketability and career prospects
- Collects the required documentation from students including placement form, and internship report
- Helps students develop networking skills and connect with professionals or organizations relevant to their desired internships, leadership opportunities, or volunteering roles
- Endorses creative tools for documentation: Reflective essay, journaling, or method to note importance/reactions. Gathers a panel or other event for them to share best practices, reflect, and leverage as a growing opportunity – documentary, social media, other means to document highlights of their internship
- Reports the internship activity of TL students to the TL Program coordinator on a monthly basis
- Puts together a comprehensive database of local and international institutions every year to be vetted as per required. Expands the list of civil society, private sector, and other groups to give more choices to students on internship locations
- Allows for research-based internships for academic or policy track students
- Ensures internships are linked to future job opportunities and career paths
- Participates in a steering committee once per semester between LAU and AUB to document experience, share ideas, and increase CSOs/outreach locations
- Tracks MEPI TL alumni and highlights their success stories
- Suggests, develops, and implements initiatives that encourage alumni to stay connected, such as networking opportunities, social gatherings, and following up with the country’s representatives
- Performs other duties pertinent to this job as assigned
Minimum Required Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field
- Minimum 2 years of professional experience in civic work, career coaching, or related
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and Arabic
- Multi-tasking and excellent organization skills
Interested candidates should email their CVs with a letter of interest outlining the applicant’s relevant experience to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying the job title in the subject line.
CVs should include the exact month and year while listing the candidate’s professional experience and educational background.
Closing date for accepting applications is Thursday, November 23, 2023.
No applications will be accepted after this date, and only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
The Lebanese American University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.