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Assistant Director & Pre-Law Advisor (#746)

Date Posted:
08/29/2018
Type/Department:
Staff in Career Development Center
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College/Department Description

Mount Holyoke College is located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts. The College is committed to educating a diverse community of students at the highest level of academic excellence and is renowned for educating women leaders.

Mount Holyoke is engaged in a strategic curriculum to career initiative called the Lynk. The Lynk unifies campus commitment to prepare students to face the future with confidence by providing a rigorous liberal arts education combined with key tools and experiences that enable students to meet their career and life goals. This commitment is expressed in a range of ways, from community-based learning to summer science programs. All students are able to access financial support to pursue a qualified internship experience.

Mount Holyoke’s 2,210 students hail from 45 states and 69 countries. Twenty-seven percent of MHC students are international citizens. Twenty-six percent of domestic students identify as African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, or multiracial. Fifty-four percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium, one of the oldest and strongest such systems in the country. The consortium comprises Amherst, Smith, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Position Summary

As a key member of the Career Development Center (CDC) team, the Assistant Director & Pre-Law Advisor will work closely with colleagues to plan and execute a comprehensive career development program for college students; oversee all pre-law advising and programs; provide individual advising; design and lead workshops and events; produce career-oriented materials; and collaborate with academic departments and campus partners in response to College-wide priorities and emerging student needs.

Counseling and advising responsibilities include:

  • One-on-one sessions with students and alumnae offered through 15-minute walk-ins and 30-minute scheduled appointments including the use of assessment instruments.
  • Serving as liaison to assigned academic departments, student organizations or populations.
  • Coaching students to form professional relationships and networks
  • Planning and delivering group presentations, including collaborative presentations with faculty and other campus offices.
  • Provide specialized support as prioritized by the strategic plan and emerging community needs.  This may include working closely with campus partners (ex. Division of Student Life, Alumnae Association, Weissman Center, and Academic Departments) on special projects/initiatives.

Pre-law advising responsibilities include:

  • One-on-sessions with students and alumnae considering law school, preparing law school applications, or preparing to work in the legal industry.
  • Working directly with prospective law school applicants on their application materials.
  • Coordinating and/or facilitating workshops and information sessions on relevant topics, including general law school admission, applications, LSAT preparation letters of recommendation, and strategies for writing law school personal statements.
  • Providing outreach to prospective students, alumnae and families during orientation, recruitment, and/or reunion events.
  • Partnering with the CDC Communications Manager to create pre-law resources (print and electronic information) about law school application timetables, information about the LSAT exam, promotional materials,  and  pre-law newsletters; development and maintenance of pre-law advising website content.
  • Supervising a student employee who supports the pre-law program.
  • Acting as spokesperson and liaison for MHC  both at on and off campus events, with law schools, and other relevant audiences in support of the pre-law program and CDC strategic goals.
  • Collaborating with the student pre-law association to plan events, maintain close communication with student leaders, and gather and respond to student feedback in accordance to MHC legal and occupational requirements.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and tracking data on law school attendance among Mount Holyoke graduates.
  • Researching law school enrollment and bar passage data.
  • Contributing to the professional community of law school advisors at the regional and national level.
  • Negotiating and managing contractual agreement between test prep organization (i.e Kaplan)  and CDC.
  • Updating and maintaining law related resources in the CDC library.

The Assistant Director & Pre-Law Advisor will perform other duties as assigned. This regular, 12-month position is part of a career counseling and advising team led by the Associate Director of Career Advising, and an integral member of the larger CDC team. Occasional evening and/or weekend work is required.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree and prior experience providing career counseling or advising is required. The successful candidate will possess excellent presentation, writing, interpersonal, organizational, and event planning skills. Well-qualified candidates will have:

  • a demonstrated interest in liberal arts issues and an appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education
  • a demonstrated commitment to principles of community and diversity, and the ability and desire to effectively and consistently relate to a diverse student population

Additional qualifications include: the ability to counsel and advise college students from all academic areas and social identities; a demonstrated ability to utilize computerized career and employment systems; the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, alumnae, and employers; and the ability to develop programs, solve problems, and work collaboratively as well as independently within the Career Development Center team.

A master’s degree or other advanced degree in a related field; pre-law advising experience; experience with career assessment tools; experience training and supervising student staff; and 3-5 years of career counseling experience with undergraduate students in a higher education setting are all strongly preferred.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Mount Holyoke College is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff members. Mount Holyoke seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to the college's excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. In furtherance of institutional excellence, the College encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, including faculty, staff, and administration of color, diverse gender identities, first generation college students and individuals who have followed non-traditional pathways to college, and individuals with a demonstrated leadership commitment to including diverse backgrounds and perspectives.