Senior Law Career Counselor

Sep 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

• 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.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: GW Law School (LAW) Family Student Affairs Sub-Family Career Services Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40+ Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S006569 Job Open Date: 08/08/2017 Job Close Date: 10/13/2017 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

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.

Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Do you have an ABA-accredited JD or equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Describe your experience in providing career counseling to law students.
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have experience in practicing law, if so, how many years?
    (Open Ended Question)
  4. * Do you have experience working in Higher Education?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please explain how your past work experiences or education has prepared you to assume the role.
    (Open Ended Question)
  6. * Please explain why you left your last position or why you want to leave your current position.
    (Open Ended Question)
  7. * What are your salary expectations?
    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

    Documents needed to Apply
    Required Documents
    1. Resume
    2. Cover Letter
    Optional Documents


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