Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in Washington, DC. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school is located on the GW campus in the downtown neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.
This senior position provides career counseling and career management education to students and alumni to help them become market- and employer-ready. This position does not typically have direct reports but may schedule, train and supervise temporary staff or student workers. The core responsibility of this role is to provide career counseling to students and alumni, including assessment of student/alumni goals and interests, resume review, interview preparation, networking techniques, self-branding and effective job/internship search tactics to ensure market- and employer-readiness. This position uses coaching techniques and conducts mock interviews (behavioral and technical). This position also plays an integral role in the design, delivery and management of career and professional development programs, seminars and sessions (online and in-person), in order to educate students on career management methodology, and also assists with the collection and reporting of statistics on student employment outcomes. Additional responsibilities include providing relevant market insight to students, participating in career services events, and creating, developing, and maintaining relationships with industry-specific contacts. This position may also develop, deliver, and evaluate career development programs to build foundational career skills of students, and may conduct and/or customize meetings and presentations with students in person and through group workshops and classes. This role works with employers in all aspects of the employment relationship to facilitate the employment of students. The Career Center of The George Washington University Law School advises and counsels law students in professional development and assists them in developing career strategies. We are seeking a Senior Law Career Counselor who will join our team to provide individual and small group counseling to our law students on all aspects of career planning, including self-assessment, career exploration, job application materials, interview preparation, and professional skills development, with a focus on public sector advising and programs.
This position will have the following representative duties and responsibilities:
• Assists students in determining career goals and objectives through self-evaluation; assesses articulated career interests and recommends avenues of exploration to meet goals. Advises and counsels students 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. •Serves as an advisor in the Inns of Court program and assists with program coordination and delivery of program content. •Develops and conducts skills development workshops on all components of the job search process, such as resume and cover letter writing, developing professional contacts, special applications and interviewing skills, and job search resources. Develops written informational materials on basic career guidance issues such as resume and cover letter writing, networking and interviewing. • Organizes and implements seminar programs and panel discussions on a variety of legal and alternative career topics, 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. • Maintains positive relationships with employers, alumni, students, staff and faculty and serves as a consultant to student organizations and faculty on the career and professional development of 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 with the programming, coordination and delivery during all phases of networking fairs, job fairs, recruitment programs, and other career development programs, which may include travel. • Performs other work related duties as assigned.
The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
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.
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.
•JD degree strongly preferred. •Counseling experience with law students. • Career planning, guidance, and mentorship skills. •Knowledge and understanding of career practices and opportunities within the local, national, and global legal community. •Excellent communications and presentation skills. •Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Internal Number: S009817
About George Washington University
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 joining 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.