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.
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 report to the Manager, Career Services with the following representative duties and responsibilities:
•Assists students, including those interested in the public sector (public interest and public service), 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, including public sector careers. Refers students to mentors and other professional contacts. •Works closely with the Associate Dean for Public Interest and Public Service Law and the Assistant Dean for Pro Bono and Advocacy Programs to support the Pro Bono Program, public sector programming, and other initiatives that promote public sector job opportunities. •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. Develops and maintains resources for students interested in public sector opportunities, including outreach to public sector legal employers to determine requirements and hiring practices. Identifies and publicizes funding opportunities for public sector employment. •Organizes and implements seminar programs and panel discussions on a variety of legal and alternative career topics, including public sector employment, 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. Manages content related to public sector careers for the Career Center’s website, social media accounts, and newsletters. •Maintains positive relationships with employers, alumni, students, staff and faculty. 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.
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.
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 students, particularly those interested in public sector law. •Career planning, guidance, and mentorship skills. •Knowledge and understanding of career practices and opportunities within the local, national, and global legal community, including in the public sector. •Excellent communications and presentation skills. •Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse 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.
Internal Number: S009544
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.