The Law School’s Career Center of The George Washington University advises and counsels students and alumni in professional development and assists them in developing career strategies. We are seeking a Sr. Law Career Counselor who will join our team to provide individual counseling to our part-time law students in the evening program and recent alumni regarding career planning and job searches through self-assessment, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, professional skills development, career research and career options. This position will have a specific concentration on part-time evening students and will report to the Dean of the Career Center. The following are representative duties and responsibilities of the position:
• Advises and counsels part-time students and recent alumni on matters related to career and professional development and the legal job search process. Refers students and recent alumni to mentors and other professional contacts. • Attends meetings of the Jay Inn, the Inns of Court for part-time evening students, and participates in the planning and execution of Inns programs for students in the Jay Inn. • Works closely with the Career Center outreach team on developing opportunities for students interested in alternative career paths, and in growing the Career Center’s contacts with small to medium law firms. • Help create fellowships for recent gradates. • Develops and conducts skills development workshops on all components of the job search process, i.e., resume and cover letter writing, developing professional contacts and informational interviewing, and job search resources. Develops written informational materials on basic career guidance issues such as resume and cover letter writing, networking and interviewing; develops resources for students interested in public sector opportunities. • Organizes and implements career programs and panel discussions on a variety of career topics, focused on the part-time evening student population, both independently and in conjunction with alumni and student groups. • Coordinates and participates in marketing and promotion of Career Center programs and services to students, alumni, and employers, including through social media. Drafts articles and materials for alumni association and admissions publications, professional association newsletters, and law school briefings. • Maintains positive relationships with employers, alumni, students, staff and faculty and serves as a consultant to faculty on the career and professional development of students and alumni. Tracks and maintains employment data for current students and/or recent alumni; assists with the programming, coordination and delivery of the Inns of Court program. • Assists with the maintenance of the Career Center’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and with ideas for reaching out to the evening student population, which are primary ways of communication with students. • As required, represents the Career Center at national, regional and local meetings of appropriate professional organizations and associations, and periodically interfaces with law career counselors at other law schools. Assists as needed during all phases of networking fairs, job fairs, and recruitment programs, which may include travel. • Participates in all Career Center major programs as a member of the team – including for example, Practice Area Expo, on campus recruiting programs, the Public Sector Recruiting Program. • Performs other work related duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• JD or Counseling degree preferred. • Counseling experience with students, preferably law students. • Customer service, career planning, guidance, and mentorship skills, as well as the ability to develop and deliver presentations. • Knowledge and understanding of career practices and opportunities within the legal community. • Knowledge of local, regional, and global career practices and placement opportunities for law students/graduates and practicing professionals. • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. • Flexible work schedule. Counseling part-time evening students requires availability to work evening hours several times a week.
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
George Washington University is a top nationally recognized institution and is currently the largest employer of higher education in the District of Columbia with students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. Our community is as diverse as the many backgrounds and occupations we represent. Enrichment, opportunities, and work/life balance are just some of the rewards of joini...ng our learning community. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.