Career Specialist, Senior, Duke Law School

North Carolina, United States
26 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Career & Professional Development Center Duke University School of Law Career Counselor (3/4 time) (Career Specialist, Senior; Job Code 2388; Level 12)

Occupational Summary

The Career Counselor (Career Specialist, Sr.) will be responsible for providing career advice and counsel to Duke Law students and graduates regarding all aspects of career and professional development and employment searches, primarily in the private sector in law. This role is an integral part of the Career & Professional Development Center and is central to pursuing our mission. Our mission is to build strong and lasting relationships with our students and to empower them to pursue their unique career aspirations by acquiring professional skills, identifying and achieving individual goals, developing insight to adapt to a rapidly changing global market, and embodying the Duke Law Blueprint values. This position reports to the Assistant Dean. Work Schedule This position is ¾ time and will average 30 hours per week over the course of the year.

Primary Position Responsibilities

Student Career Counseling

This Career Counselor is one of the primary providers of career counseling and targeted advice to Duke Law students and graduates through one on one and other meetings. The position counsels and advises students in two broad areas – professional development and industry knowledge. Professional development ranges from big-picture, long-term life, self-assessment and career planning, to detailed review of resumes and other written materials; also covered are discussions of professional opportunities, guidance and advice on search strategies and techniques, interviewing, networking, general professionalism and more.

Student Programming & Career Center Support

Contribute to and/or lead career development-related projects and programs. Projects may include researching and developing new student resources, assisting in updating current resources, and assisting in developing student programming. “Ownership” of certain programmatic areas is anticipated. Interact with alumni, employers and other professionals to deepen institutional and personal relationships. Attend and/or support the execution of significant office, school-wide or community events. Participate in additional student coaching programs, including leading interviewing and other workshops, and be available to provide one-off assistance with practice interviews for students working with other counselors. Serve as a liaison/mentor to one or more student groups, including keeping track of student group plans and programs and facilitating communication between groups and the Career Center. Support Duke Law alumni seeking career guidance. Participate as an active team member in an extremely high-functioning and friendly office. Other duties as assigned. As this position will focus on students interested in launching their careers in the private sector, the position will also be expected to counsel students about the practice of law in law firm and corporate settings; to be knowledgeable about specific law firms and businesses, including emerging companies; to have or develop relationships with practitioners; and to understand differences among current and emerging practice areas. In addition, familiarity with opportunities in a range of fields including government and public interest, judicial internships, working abroad and others, is expected. Success in the role will be built on a collaborative, energetic, and positive personality. Experience with as much of the above as possible is preferred, with a commitment by the Career Counselor to focus on continuous learning to complement existing experience and knowledge.


Education Required

  • Work generally requires communications, analytical and organizational skills required through completion of a master’s degree.

Education Preferred

  • JD degree
  • An advanced academic degree, certificate or formal training in counseling, psychology, coaching or related areas would be valued. 

Experience Required

  • Work requires one year of experience in a placement or other student services function to gain considerable knowledge ofcareer counseling and placement programs. Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience. 

Experience Preferred

  • A minimum of 7 years of work experience.
  • At least 4 years of professional legal practice including some in a large law firm setting.
  • Experiencein career development at a law school, legal personnel/professional development role at a law firm or consulting firm to the legal industry.
  • Work experience in government or public interest, as well as business, is also valued.

Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred

  • Career or other counseling ability.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and empathetically, as well as collaborate with, diverse types of people is required.
  • Knowledge of private practice, law firms, practice areas, established and emerging companies, legal technology.
  • Experience administering self-assessment or comparable tests.
  • Customer service orientation.
  • Facility with on-line research tools, social media and LinkedIn, and the ability to learn new tools and programs.
  • Experience with Tableau and Trello or comparable data and work-flow tools; or demonstrated desire and ability to learn and work with these and other online tools and programs.

Location Durham


Job Family Level 12

Full Time / Part Time PART TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes.

To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work generally requires communications, analytical and organizational skills acquired through completion of a master's degree.


Work requires one year of experience in a placement or other student services function to gain considerable knowledge of career counseling and placement programs.Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience