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. This position presents a rewarding opportunity to help law school students and recent law school graduates begin their legal careers. We are seeking a Senior Law Career Counselor who will join our team to provide individual and small group counseling to our J.D. 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 interest advising and programs.
This position will report to the Associate Dean, Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy and is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC.
The incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties and responsibilities outlined below:
-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, including public interest 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 interest programming, and other initiatives that promote public interest 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 interest opportunities, including outreach to public interest legal employers to determine requirements and hiring practices. Identifies and publicizes funding opportunities for public interest employment.
-Organizes and implements seminar programs and panel discussions on a variety of legal and alternative career topics, including public interest 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 through social media. Manages content related to public interest 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 students’ careers and professional career development careers.
-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. -Work on special projects as assigned by the Associate Dean, Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy.
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.
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.