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Career Counselor (9320)

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


The Career Counselor provides individualized and group law student advising, identifies and develops resources for students and alumni, and designs and presents educational programs and events. Each Career Counselor also assists with other counseling and programming initiatives of the Washington College of Law (WCL) Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD), including serving as the liaison between the office and assigned WCL programs, institutes, student groups, and other internal and external organizations and associations.  The Career Counselor may also develop additional specialties as needed, such as sector- or practice area-specific expertise. The Career Counselor will work closely with a team that includes counselors, recruiting professionals, and administrative employees.

Essential Functions

  1. Career Advising. Advise law students on all aspects of career planning and job search methods, including self-assessment, resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking to aid students in their job searches and career development. This position must be able to assist students with a variety of career interests including those in the public and private sectors, and is expected to combine a broad understanding of career counseling techniques with specific knowledge of legal market trends.
  2. Programming. Develop and facilitate job search skill development workshops and other educational programs and initiatives. Identify content areas and coordinate seminars, panel discussions and other resources that meet the needs of students interested in a broad range of employment sectors and practice areas.
  3. Industry Analysis and Engagement. Analyze legal trends and develop employer networks based on student and office needs. Use employer contacts to gather information about job and hiring trends and inquire about internship and employment possibilities. Use knowledge gained to educate other members of the OCPD staff and incorporate knowledge during individual counseling sessions with students. Work with the OCPD’s recruiting team members to conduct outreach and create interactive opportunities between OCPD and employers.
  4. Professional Development. Participate in professional organizations related to career counseling and legal employment. Review publications to keep abreast of job market trends including the National Law Journal/Legal Times and in-house counsel publications.
  5. Other Tasks. Assist the Senior Director and other team members with counseling, programming, outreach, and engagement as directed. Work closely with fellow counselors to ensure consistent messaging under the guidance of the Senior Director. Complete projects as tasked to assist with the overall goals of the office.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • May supervise student and/or administrative workers.

Work Environment

  • Some evening and weekend hours required.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full-time,
  • Exempt 
  • Project Leader/Advisor B

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience 

Required Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctor
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience
  • The successful candidate must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational and oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of job search, career/ employment services, recruiting, interviewing and staffing principles and practices
  • Knowledge of the legal employment market and job search strategies
  • Ability to assess individual needs, motivators and differences in abilities and career interests. Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and marketing the Washington College of Law to employers

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check


  • Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options


Current American University Employees:

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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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