The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law is seeking a Career Counselor. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, the Career Counselor is responsible for providing employment counseling and career education for law students and alumni. The Career Counselor teaches, advises, and counsels law students and alumni in their career development and all phases of the job search process. The Career Counselor will help law students and alumni shape and attain their short-and long-term career goals and provide job placement assistance to law students and alumni. The Career Counselor contributes to program design and administration and develops career planning and placement publications, brochures, handbooks, and handouts. All facets of career and professional development extend to assist alumni.
As a well-connected, knowledgeable expert on the legal job market, and career counseling principles, the Career Counselor accomplishes outcomes by providing individually tailored, client-driven career counseling as well as by creating, planning, developing, and implementing cutting-edge programs, networking events, other activities (including social media), services, and resources that address a full array of traditional as well as non-traditional practice areas and settings. The Career Counselor will ensure our students have the best available access to networking and job opportunities as soon as they arrive on campus. Based on on-going research, analysis, assessment and trend-spotting, the Career Counselor designs and develops, and implements an array of workshops and programs, services, and resources (including online guides and webinars) to meet the career needs of our students.
The Career Counselor will also collaborate with other College of Law departments and individuals to understand their needs and goals and explore and develop mutually beneficial programs, resources, and services. The Career Counselor will also maintain and and enhance the College of Law professional network of potential employers, other law school legal career professionals, and others in the legal field who may be in a position to provide information and assistance to our students.
Researches and analyzes the current state of the legal services and legal job markets and forecasts emerging trends in those markets.
Identifies existing and up-and-coming career and job options, assesses (on a continuing basis) their short-and long-term feasibility for our alumni attorneys, and explores alternatives to traditional legal practice.
Researches and periodically assesses the evolving career development needs of our students.
Manages improvements, revisions, changes, and adjustments to the existing array of career consulting services, programs, and resources AND devises, develops and implements entirely new services, programs and resources.
Maintains and enhances his/her own professional network and leverages it on behalf of students and alumni.
Develops and oversees presentation and delivery of broad and complex career-focused programs and events workshops, and resources.
Works with career services staff on specific administrative tasks.
Determines the most innovative and effective media for delivering content – online, print, blogs, social networking website posts, twitter, live webcasting, etc.
Provides one-on-one, individually tailored and customer-driven career consulting/coaching/advising services to students. Assists students in conducting their own self-assessments.
Provides students not only with general or specific career advice based on his/her expert knowledge of the legal job market but specific job leads and networking contacts to achieve students’ career objectives developed through continuing cultivation and expansion of the Law School’s professional network.
Develops and critiques law student application materials.
Participates in panel discussions and presentations and researches and writes articles relating to career and professional development and the legal job market.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five years of professional related experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Advanced knowledge of career decision making, and job search techniques.
Knowledge of career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
Ability to work and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
Detailed knowledge of the legal employment market (including general knowledge of the public sector and public interest job markets).
Extensive professional network of practicing attorneys and potential employers or ability to develop a network of advisors who can inform your career counseling efforts.
Creative, entrepreneurial, forward-looking, and energetic approach that can identify and pursue new potential programs and innovative ways to present and deliver their content.
Highly developed knowledge of principles and processes for providing outstanding customer and personal services.
Excellent knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; and learning and motivation.
Excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new software programs and on-line resources.
Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.
Ability to plan and conceptualize and make sound business decisions
Strong critical thinking skills.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to work independently.
The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.
Internal Number: STA - 201000000715
About University of North Texas at Dallas
Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the Downtown Dallas skyline, the University of North Texas at Dallas is the only public, accredited 4-year university in the City of Dallas. Serving Dallas-Fort Worth – the No. 1 job market in America, according to Forbes – UNT Dallas has served as a pathway to social mobility since its establishment in 2010.
We offer our students the most affordable tuition plans in the Dallas region – helping them blaze their trail toward a bachelor’s, master’s or juris doctoral degree, while minimizing student debt. Our value-based education is accompanied by innovative, high-quality academic programs that include opportunities for rich experiential learning.