Career Counselor and/or Assistant Director, UVa Career Center

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-09-02
Req: R0027574
The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) is seeking a qualified team member at the Career Counselor or Assistant Director level (depending on experience) to support our mission of engaging and supporting students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. The Career Center’s three-fold strategy of exploration, connection and experiential learning requires all team members to be adept at direct student service, program development and execution and alumni connections for students. Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops. Industry and career community research, outreach and programming are also significant parts of the position. This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend work is required.

The Career Center is recruiting for an open position focused on pre-health advising. The Career Center seeks professionals with the desire to build skills in all areas of career development and with a willingness and flexibility to move between assignments for their own professional development. For more information, please visit our website.

Pre-Health Advisor

The pre-health advisor or assistant director will have specific responsibility for the pre-health advising team and the following duties:

  • Provide direct service to undergraduate students and alumni who are interested in careers in clinical healthcare. Direct service delivery includes individual advising with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops.
  • Research clinical health professions, provide outreach, design and implement programs and events which shepherds students through career exploration, preparation, and applications.
  • Maintain up-to-date information on clinical health careers with special attention to underrepresented populations in each field, attend relevant conferences and open houses; visit targeted institutions/programs to provide up-to-date and tailored advice for applicants; and monitor appropriate list serves.

For the position, the priority breakdown is as follows:

Career Counseling Services – 55%

  • Provides direct student service through individual appointments and office hours.
  • Utilizes a range of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Clifton Strengths, etc. to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
  • Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers.
  • Engages with employers and alumni to collect and disseminate industry and career community related information to students.

Career Services Programming - 35%

  • Facilitates creative and engaging workshops and presentations on a variety of career topics, particularly those that help students build job-related skills and experiences.
  • Works closely with student groups and organizations such as class councils, peer advisors, resident advisors, orientation leaders, CIOs, and affinity groups to develop and fulfill programing requests.
  • Collaborates with Employer Relations Team to assure complimentary interface of programs and services for students interested in On-Grounds Interviewing, career fairs, employer visits, and position listings related to internships and full-time jobs.

Administration and Technology – 10%

  • Supports Career Center efforts to develop relevant content and more extensively utilize technology in the delivery of student career-related and industry specific programs and services; implements marketing recommendations to reach students more effectively; in collaboration with other Career Center staff provides benchmarking and recommendations regarding priorities for technology service delivery.

    Required Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field; relevant experience may substitute for advanced degree
    • Demonstrated fluency in working across difference
    • Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams
    • Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops
    • Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
    • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field
    • Prior experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least three years related professional experience
    • Demonstrated program development and management experience
    • Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and employers
    • Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, FOCUS2, and Clifton Strengths
    • Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-related environment
    • Proficient computer and web-based skills
    • Related university or professional experience
    • Experience with Handshake, Symplicity, or other CSM applications

    Position Title

    Applicants will be considered for either the Career Counselor or Assistant Director title, based on years of experience.

    Career Counselor – With a Master's, no work experience required; without a Master's, two years of relevant experience is required.

    Assistant Director – With a Master's, a minimum two years higher ed career counseling experience is required; without a Master's, four years related work experience is required.

    Please note, this is a two-year, term-limited position.


    Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday, and search for ‘R0027574'. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number) into the resume upload field.
    Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for 'R0027574'. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number) into the resume upload field.

    Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration. Preference will be given to applications received by August 30, 2021. For information regarding the position or the application process, please contact Michele Jarman, Academic Recruiter at

    COVID Vaccination Requirement

    The University of Virginia expects all current and new employees (UVA Health System and Academic), to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

    If hired to work within the University Health System, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to receive the vaccination. Employees may request a medical or religious exemption from vaccination.

    If hired to work on the Academic side of the University, excluding the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UPG, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to submit to mandatory, weekly prevalence testing. Employees that are working 100% remotely will not be subject to weekly prevalence testing; however, if the employee works on UVA Grounds (including the Medical Center) even intermittently, then they are required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week on an indefinite basis and follow masking mandates.

    NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

    The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


    In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

    What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

    Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

    As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


    As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

    Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


    UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

    Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

    The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


    The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

    One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

    Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


    Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

    In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

    The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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