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Career Counselor, Office of Career Strategy

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Career Counselor, Office of Career Strategy

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary

Job Description

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished law schools. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania, and a supportive intellectual community for our scholars and students alike. The Office of Career Strategy is dedicated to helping students understand their professional goals and interests, learn about the exciting world of possibilities, chart their career paths and achieve their goals - during law school and throughout their professional lifetime.

Reporting to the Director for Private Sector Recruiting, the Career Counselor provides career support to all students, with a specialization on private sector employment. This role also supports the development and delivery of private sector programs and assists in the tracking, measurement and reporting of employment outcomes.

This is a term position, up to 3 years, with the option of part-time.

Responsibilities include:

Support the development and delivery of career education programs

Working in collaboration with counseling team, support the development and delivery programming to orient 1Ls to foundational career development skills, the specific timelines relating to job searches, and the programs, services, and resources of our office.

Support the development and delivery of all private sector programs, including those relating to understanding practice areas, law firm programming, and on-campus interviewing and other recruiting programs.

Provide career counseling to students

Provide highly individualized counseling and associated job search support to all students on an as-needed basis, including reviewing resumes and cover letters, coaching students on job search strategies, conducting mock interviews, and OCI bid list review.

Support relationship building and expertise in private sector practices and employers

Assist in developing and maintaining resources and information about private sector legal employers for the purposes of building relationships to facilitate student employment with employers who currently recruit and hire our students, as well as those with less visibility to our students due to, e.g. geography, practice, size and compensation.

Manage student and graduate employment tracking

Manage the monitoring of employment outcomes for all JD students (public and private sectors). Manage employment tracking databases, oversee information collection of data entry by administrative coordinator and/or student interns. In communication with the Associate Dean for Career Strategy, ensure compliance with all reporting requirements (AALS, ABA, etc.). Develop reporting metrics, and provide updates OCS stakeholders based on their needs.

Other duties as assigned

Candidate Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. required; J.D. strongly preferred.
  • At least five years of increasing responsibility in academic administration, law firm and/or business environment.
  • Experience with JD career counseling, including for private sector job search/strategy, and formal recruiting programs preferred.
  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft office suite and survey tools preferred
  • A history of working successfully with diverse constituencies, including employers, faculty, alumni, current students, prospective students, and colleagues.
  • Commitment to innovation, fostering a kind and supportive work environment, and an established track records as collaborators in the workplace. Commitment to the Penn Law ideal of collaboration is required.


A cover letter is required with application materials.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Law School

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.




To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

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