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Career Counselor

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services

Position Title Career Counselor
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students, and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascade mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.
About the Department

Career Services provides services and programs to assist students and alumni to establish and clarify their personal, educational, and career goals and obtain career employment or seek admission to graduate or professional education programs following completion of their studies at Western. Services and programs include career counseling, career fair events, classroom presentations, declaring a major programs, employer relations, graduate school advising, interview preparation, job search services, mock interviews, networking services, and resume workshops.

Career Services supports Western’s mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Career Counselor assists students and alumni in developing academic and career goals via career exploration, knowledge of WWU’s educational programs and consideration of personal interests, skills and values. The Career Counselor helps students understand the various ways they can leverage their experiences inside and outside of the classroom to prepare themselves to be competitive candidates for employment after graduation. With a focus on specific majors and a knowledge of job market conditions, the Career Counselor assists individuals in developing effective internship and job search strategies. The Career Counselor makes presentations to classes and student groups on career related topics and coordinates events such as workshops and panel presentations designed to help students expand their career awareness and connect with opportunities. This position also assists in providing academic advising and class registration assistance during new student orientation programs.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide counseling to assist individuals in:
    • Identifying potential majors and careers
    • Exploring career fields and job market conditions
    • Identifying ways to leverage their experiences in order to have a strong resume to present to employers
    • Developing effective strategies to identify internship and career employment opportunities
    • Master specific aspects of the internship / job search process such as networking, cover letter and resume writing, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Conduct strategic outreach and presentations to departments, classes and student clubs to provide discipline specific career information
  • Coordinate workshops and panels with academic departments and campus programs and assist in the promotion of these events
  • Create and update materials for presentations and use by Career Center visitors and help keep specific content up-to-date on the web site
  • Participate in Transitions and Summerstart summer orientation programs as well as all off-quarter orientation programs
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or equivalent education/experience
  • Minimum of two years of experience providing career coaching and/or counseling to clients/students
  • Exhibit knowledge of web-based career and job search resources
  • Demonstrated experience in using career assessment and job search tools with clients/students
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to make effective presentations\
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including individuals from diverse cultural and social identities and backgrounds
  • Ability to apply strong organizational skills while managing multiple job responsibilities
  • Ability to display high degree of professionalism in interactions with clients/students and stakeholders
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous relevant work experience in a higher education setting
  • Experience working with international students
  • Fluency in one or more additional languages other than English
Salary $44,518 - $51,937 based on experience
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 17, 2018; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“The Clery Act”). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western’s campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the office of the Vice President for enrollment and Student Services. The report can be found at

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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