Become a CPD Grad Assistant

Career and Professional Development (CPD) provides resources and experiences to help students leverage their Jesuit education to achieve their full potential. CPD’s programs, staff, and resources help students:

  • Identify their values, interests, and skills
  • Understand how their skills relate to professional life
  • Explore a wide range of careers that reflect their values, interests, and skills
  • Develop and pursue a career plan for life after college

The Graduate Assistant (GA) is an integral component in achieving the mission of CPD by providing vocational discernment and career services to students.  If you are excited to be a part of this dynamic and growing team, we encourage you to apply!



The GA plays an integral role in orienting students to CPD’s vast resources.  Upon completion of a comprehensive training program, primary responsibility is to provide career coaching to students - train students on Handshake, CPD’s online career management tool; advising on choosing a major assisting students with resume and cover letters; help them navigate searches for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities; help students network with alumni (informational interviewing/job shadowing), and work with them on identifying electronic and print resources for all of their vocational and career needs. Additional responsibilities will include perform research on emerging issues within career services and the impact they may have on the different student populations within LMU, as well as other duties befitting applicant’s specific areas of interest in the field of Career Services.

    • Conduct student drop-in sessions for the general student population.
    • Perform research on emerging issues within career services to inform practices in CPD including annual Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved study involving surveys, focus groups, and other research instruments
    • Complete projects according to career/skills-based preferences and gain expertise according to interests
    • Conduct career-related presentations for select classrooms and organizations
    • Assist in coordination and execution of special events and programs
    • Attend and contribute to CPD staff meetings, monthly student staff meetings, and meetings with direct supervisor
    • Learn and become knowledgeable on all resources including webpages, online subscriptions, Handshake, library materials, office presentations, etc.
    • Begin gaining knowledge of employment and occupational trends
    • Maintain strict confidentiality
    • Other tasks as required

    • Be a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University in good standing
    • Demonstrated interest and involvement in vocational discernment and career development
    • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills with the ability to listen, advise, teach and explain - exceptional writing and public presentation skills required
    • Self-starter with the ability to work independently while effectively manage multiple priorities within given deadlines
    • Ability to collaborate with a range of professional and administrative staff
    • Ability to work 15-20 hours per week starting in early August 2019 to end of May 2020
    • Knowledge of career development/counseling theories and methods a plus.
    • One-year assistantship with possibility of second year within Career and Professional Development


The GA is required to attend (and will be paid for) all training sessions. CPD provides the GA with expertise, both through intensive workshops before the academic year begins, and throughout the year via monthly topical meetings. Mandatory training sessions will be held in August prior to classes beginning.

To Apply

Submit a resume to LionJobs by Sunday, March 17.  Search for Position ID #71998. Interviews with qualified applicants will be conducted during the week of March 25.  Any questions about this opportunity can be directed or 310.338.2871.