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Principal Officer – Career and Placement (Re-advertisement) at United States International University – USIU Africa

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Job Description

Key Responsibilities/Tasks:

Marketing Outreach

  • Assist with the development of creative initiatives for marketing and promoting students and alumni to employers.
  • Assist in organizing recruitment drives and annual Career Fair.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining contact with graduates and alumni to mentor current students and cultivate new employers.
  • Compile and profile a comprehensive list of all graduate students highlighting employment progress and success stories.
  • Identify diverse placement opportunities and work with students to access placement.
  • Market the department services and programs to the USIU Africa community.

Career Advising, Training and Placement

  • To manage all aspects of the placement process including guiding, assisting and advising students, to recognize their skills and job requirements and to communicate with organizations providing placement opportunities.
  • Provide individual/group CV and cover letter review and assistance.
  • Coach students in exploring their careers and developing short and long term job seeking strategies/career plans.
  • Coordinate seminars/workshops on Career Development for both employment and self-employment.
  • Organize and run pre-placement sessions for outgoing students and debriefings for returning students through discussion, consideration and evaluation of personal and professional development through placement.
  • Deliver presentations to scholars during pre-University orientation and organized workshops.


  • Assist in surveying employers, students and reviewing periodicals to determine up to date topics of interest and trends in the market.
  • Assist in identifying topics for research and collaborative opportunities to learn more about the industry and students.
  • Conduct research and disseminate information on Jobs/internships/volunteer opportunities available for different majors to students through regular email updates.

Partnership Development

  • Build and maintain partnerships with current and potential employers.

Minimum Educational Qualifications and Professional Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • Relevant Master’s Degree.
  • Served as Career & Placement Officer for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Proficiency in computer applications.
  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results.
  • Previous experience of customer/client contact especially establishing and developing effective links with companies in the relevant discipline/field.
  • Experience of facilitating/negotiating with a range of people.
  • Liaison with and experience of industry including the role of placement students within organizations.
  • Experience of Higher Education and the student learning experience.
  • Experience of working with young adults.


  • Excellent IT skill including word processing and use of databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a variety of people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.

Personal Attributes & Competencies:

  • Shown merit and ability as reflected in work performance and results;
  • Confidentiality and integrity;
  • Proficiency in computer applications;
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Relationship builder & effective negotiator;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Adaptability and reliability.

How to apply

If you have the requisite qualifications and experience and desire to work as a team member in a modern, progressive, international, and multicultural institution where you can make a difference, please apply indicating in the subject line of the email address the postiion applying for. Interested applicants must provide a cover letter and a current CV, certified copies of educational certificates and transcripts, names and addresses of three referees, current salary and benefits, telephone and e-mail contacts by 5.00pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2024 to:
Director Administration,
United States International University – Africa,
P. O. Box 14634-00800, Nairobi, Kenya
Email: jobs-dvcasa@usiu.ac.ke

Disclaimer: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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