University of the Pacific

Career Advisor/Senior Career Advisor

University of the Pacific

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Career Advisor/Senior Career Advisor


Primary Purpose:


The Career Advisor or Senior Career Advisor reports to the Assistant Dean of Student and Career Services and provides career counseling and guidance on job markets and prospects to students and alumni. Career advisors of all levels manage internal career programming for students including individual counseling and strategizing, document review, and workshops. Career advisors of all levels build on existing relationships with legal employers to identify employment opportunities. The Career Advisor or Senior Career Advisor will work with all McGeorge School of Law students and alumni, including JD, LLM, MPP, MPA, and MSL students.


Career Advisor

Under close supervision, incumbents perform routine duties while learning University policies and procedures and specific techniques and regulations. As experience is gained, duties gradually become more diversified and are performed under more general supervision.


Senior Career Advisor

Incumbents are competent to perform a wide variety of professional level, complex and highly sensitive duties under no supervision. Assignments are concentrated in student advising, employment initiative, alumni support, career services programming, publishing, and acting as a representative of McGeorge School of Law and University of the Pacific at events and conferences. Incumbents are expected to perform work in all defined areas, assist other Career Advisors and have working knowledge of University policies, procedures, and regulations. Incumbent to provide support to other Career Advisor(s) as the needs arise.


Essential Functions:


• Advising:


• Advise students and alumni about current market trends regarding legal and alternative employers; research and develop expertise in distinct practice areas or market segments, including legal and law-related policy employment and networking opportunities, to be a resource for other staff members, students, and alumni.

• Counsel students and alumni on career planning and job search strategies, including self-assessment, networking, and skills development; review resumes and cover letters and conduct mock employment interviews and interview coaching.

• Develop and maintain expertise in specialized career services management software to input counseling notes, review job postings, plan events, and run reports.


• Employment Initiative:


• Actively participate in employment data-related activities, including collecting, analyzing, and maintaining department and job placement statistics as required by the ABA, NALP, and US News.

• Develop programming to support recent graduates throughout their first year after graduation.


• Alumni Support:


• Develop and maintain employment projects and initiatives for recent graduates; counsel alumni per advising responsibilities above; maintain and increase Alumni Advisor Network in collaboration with the Advancement department and other CSO staff members.


• Career Services Programing:


• Create and execute career skills programs, professional development workshops, and other career development events and trainings for students and alumni.

• Manage special projects and programs such as PIPS Day, Diversity Fellowships, Peggy Browning Fund Conferences and Fellowships, Post-Grad Fellowships, Bar Support programs, and Mock Interview Programs.

• Oversee co-sponsorship opportunities and collaborations with external and internal groups to host career-related events on and off campus.


• Written Materials:


• Develop content on career advising topics for the CSO blog and create and edit digital handouts and resources.

• Author relevant articles for national publications and/or present at regional and national conferences.


• Perform other related duties as assigned. This position serves as Campus Security Authority (CSA) as outlined by the Clery Act. CSAs have federally mandated responsibilities to report crimes that have reported them.


University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.


Minimum Qualifications:


Career Advisor


• Juris Doctor (JD) Degree or advanced degree in Career Advising/Counseling or related discipline.

• Two (2) years of related work experience.


Senior Career Advisor


• Juris Doctor (JD) Degree or advanced degree in Career Advising/Counseling or related discipline.

• Four (4) years of related work experience.


Preferred Qualifications:


• Two (2) years of legal practice experience.

• Extensive knowledge of the legal profession, the legal employment market, and career options for law students and attorneys.

• Excellent counseling skills.

• Ability to guide, counsel, and establish an excellent rapport with students and alumni to assist them in meeting their career goals.

• Superior writing and editing skills.

• Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills in working with students, alumni, faculty, the legal community, and professional colleagues.

• Moderate skills in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and research.

• Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

• Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.

• Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.


Physical Requirements:


The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Some lifting of materials (twenty (20) lbs. or less). Bending, stretching, reaching required. Sitting and/or standing for long periods of time.


Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:

Work performed during standard business hours, with flexibility to cover some evening and weekend work, including travel.


Hiring Range: Career Advisor: $66,560.00 per year; Senior: 66,560.00 - $77,410.00 per year. We consider factors such as, but not limited to, scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s qualifications, internal equity, as well as market and organizational co


Background Check Statement:


All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment are required to execute a release and authorization for a background screening.


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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.


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