Job Positions

Career Counselor/ R0005878

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2


Career Center


University of Virginia

Date Posted:

May 12, 2019

Close Date:

Review of applications begins 5/20


Position Description

The University of Virginia Career Center (herein Career Center) engages and supports students in the discovery and pursuit of meaningful lives. We do this in a team environment while adhering to our core values and guiding principles. The Career Center places a high priority on quality individual direct service and exceptional customer service for all key constituents. The Career Counselor will spend the majority of time providing direct service to University undergraduate students on a wide variety of career-related topics and industries. Direct service delivery includes individual career counseling with students, small group advising, and large group presentations and workshops. Industry and career community research, outreach and programming are also significant parts of the position. The Career Counselor will be supervised by and work in conjunction with the Director for Career Counseling & Advising. This individual will perform other office and University duties as assigned. Some evening and weekend work is required.


Career Counseling Services – 55%

  • Provides direct student service through individual appointments and office hours. Individual advising involves extensive counseling, coaching, and advising for students at all stages of career development including making sound decisions about academic major and career choices; learning how to identify and secure externships and internships; demonstrating the value and use of print and on-line career resources, and teaching students about resume writing, industry and employer research, interviewing skills, networking and internship/job search strategies.
  • Utilizes a range of assessments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, Clifton Strengths, etc. to help students gain clarity of interests, target occupations and increase career-readiness.
  • Collaborates with faculty, especially in the College of Arts & Sciences, to collect and deliver industry specific information connecting majors and careers. Develops and markets industry and career community specific programming and resources to faculty and students. Partners with faculty to enhance the relationship between academic and career advising.
  • Participates in student tracking and evaluation processes designed to assess client activity, satisfaction, and the achievement of learning objectives; provides bi-annual reports and analysis of client information; uses client, counselor group, and supervisor feedback to improve counseling techniques.
  • Contributes to the training and supervision of peer counselors, graduate and undergraduate interns, and work study students.

Career Services Programming - 35%

  • Facilitates creative and engaging workshops and presentations on a variety of career topics such as Choosing a Major, Writing Targeted Resumes and Cover Letters, Finding Internships, Conducting Internship and Job Searches, and Improving Interviewing Skills; collaborates with counseling team to evaluate and continually enhance programs and services to more effectively address student needs.
  • Develops programs to address a wide variety of topics such as advising students on decisions about academic majors, suggesting strategies for exploring career options, sharing effective methods to search for jobs/internships, and preparing for the transition from college; manages all logistical details of each program and event.
  • Partners with members of the counseling team to deliver COLA presentations to incoming first year students in the College of Arts & Sciences as well as other large and small programs for targeted groups.
  • Collaborates with Employer Relations Team to assure complimentary interface of programs and services for students interested in On-Grounds Interviewing, career fairs, employer visits, and position listings related to internships and full-time jobs; supports traditional and seeks new methods of communicating and marketing the value of employer programs to College students.

Administration and Technology – 10%

  • Works with Career Center team members to continually develop new and edit existing content for website, published resources and industry and community area information.
  • Contributes to development of dynamic webpages for the Exploration community.
  • Attends and contributes to counselor group, staff, and core team meetings to share information and grow professionally, and to help develop and improve program offerings.
  • Participates in Career Center career fairs/events such as Graduate/Professional School Fair, Fall and Spring Job & Internship Fairs, and other small and large programs by assisting staff with logistics of those events and/or providing additional counseling appointments as needed.

Application Process

The anticipated salary range for this position is $45,000 - $48,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a term limited, two-year position, renewable based on continued funding and performance.

Review of applications will begin May 20, 2019 but position remains open until filled. The successful candidate will pass a background check. Please view the full position description @

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs,” and search for ‘Career Counselor.‘ Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, search for Requisition R0005878, complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address). Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

Institution Information

In 1819, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and inaugurated a bold experiment. Two centuries later, Jefferson’s vision thrives. Across Grounds - and throughout the world - UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni challenge convention, break barriers and pursue the greater good. The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools and affiliated foundations in Charlottesville plus the College at Wise in Southwest Virginia. The University of Virginia Health System is a renowned academic medical center committed to providing outstanding patient care, educating tomorrow's health care leaders and discovering new and better ways to treat diseases. The University's Medical Center, School of Medicine and Physicians Group are recognized for their excellence in patient care, education and research. At UVA, we offer a rich collection benefits, which have long been recognized and valued for their comprehensiveness and competitiveness in the market. In addition to a robust array of traditional benefits such as health care, time off, and retirement, UVA offers a comprehensive list of benefits and services to help staff and faculty meet their personal and family needs.

Additional Information

The anticipated salary range for this position is $45,000 - $48,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a term limited, two-year position, renewable based on continued funding and performance.

Contact Information

Michele Jarman at​


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in education, higher education, counseling, or related field (May 2019 graduates will be considered) Prior experience providing career counseling or advising services in a college/university setting or at least three years' related professional experience. Strong customer service orientation; creativity, ability to assume responsibility, take initiative and work well independently and in teams. Proven ability to design and present creative and innovative programs/workshops. Well-developed organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects. Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; strong oral and written communication skills Microsoft Office. 

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated program development and management experience. Ability to work effectively with students, alumni, faculty and employers. Knowledge in the use of career assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, FOCUS2, and Clifton Strengths. Ability to teach and to instruct in the use of programs, services and resources in a career-relate environment. Knowledgeable about print and on-line career resources. Proficient computer and web-based skills. Related university or professional experience especially with exploration and first-and-second year student programs. Academic advising. Experience with Handshake, Symplicity, or other CSM applications.