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Associate Director (Career Exploration and Pre-Law Advising)

Bates College
Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 13, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Counseling, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
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Full Time
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Title: Associate Director (Career Exploration and Pre-Law Advising)

Position Purpose:

The Associate Director will work closely with a wide variety of students and alumni with a focus on pre-law and graduate school advising (Humanities and Social Sciences), career exploration advising, and advising in the areas of education, social impact, public service, and public policy. This position is responsible for facilitating career connections and for Law, Policy, and Public Service and Education and Social Impact as part of the Center’s focus on designing intentional career communities across a spectrum of career interests. The Associate Director will be responsible for engaging students, faculty, staff, alumni and employers to facilitate connections and opportunities aligned with student’s career aspirations.
The Associate Director is expected to contribute to the overall success of the Center by providing individual career counseling, programming, educational workshops, self-assessment workshops and resources. The Associate Director will collaborate with all college constituencies to continuously expand career education, experiential learning, and employment opportunities.

Job Duties:

Career Counseling and Development
  • Provide in-depth career development counseling and programming on all aspects of internship and post-graduate plans to students and alumni ranging from first years to experienced professionals across industries. Maintain robust schedule of individual counseling appointments.
  • Become an industry subject expert on careers related to law, policy, public service, education, and social impact
  • Review, assess and help students understand and improve upon the skills identified as important for career preparedness (Professionalism/Work ethic, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Oral/Written Communications, Teamwork/Collaboration, Information Technology Application, Leadership, Career Management and Global/Intercultural Fluency)
  • Conduct proactive outreach to underrepresented and first generation students in collaboration with campus partners
  • Work closely with the Purposeful Work Fellows to facilitate peer career advising and assignment of work tasks and projects
  • Collaborate closely with a range of other departments to support students with a particular emphasis on the success of juniors and seniors
Graduate & Professional School Advising
  • Provide a range of graduate school advising and programming for students and alumni. Co-plan, present or host workshops, the annual graduate school fair and recruiter visits
  • Build relationships with law school admission officers, facilitate law school visits and serve as the college’s pre law advisor, attending the Northeast Association of Pre-law Advisors (NAPLA) conference and other appropriate professional development venues
  • Advise students and alumni applying for fellowships
Program Management
  • Develop and manage the Law, Policy, and Public Service and Education and Social Impact Career Communities by engaging students, staff, faculty and alumni around the common goal of preparing students for career success
  • Develop and facilitate programming related to career exploration including the PW Roadshow series, which features alumni in various industries and locations; involves event planning and travel with a group of students.
  • Co-lead Bobcat Ventures, a student-focused program designed to foster an interest in entrepreneurial endeavors and that ends in a pitch competition
  • Co-lead the Racial Equity Audit Process for Purposeful Work by organizing committees, reviewing projects, and professional development designed to further the Center’s commitment to Racial Equity.
  • Analyze data and develop strategies to meet demands and expectations of Bates Center for Purposeful Work programs and services
  • Leverage and expand relationships with collaborative partners in the Bates community including but not limited to the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Graduate Fellowships, Communications, Admissions, Advancement, Office of Intercultural Education, student leaders, faculty and staff, alumni and employers
  • Actively pursue professional development opportunities and maintain active membership role in appropriate professional organizations
  • Other duties as assigned by Senior Associate Director

Minimum Qualifications:


● Bachelor’s degree required.
● Master’s degree in Counseling or related advanced degree highly preferred.


● 3 to 5 years of experience in areas that relate to career development in higher education.
● 3+ years’ experience in advising students.
● Demonstrated knowledge and experience of working with a diverse student population.
● Demonstrated industry knowledge of one or more of the following fields: law, public policy, social justice, government, technology or entrepreneurship.

Skills and Knowledge

● Ability to translate needs and concepts into programmatic actions.
● Ability to manage multiple priorities in a highly organized way with minimal supervision.
● Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
● Strong communication skills (written, verbal and presentation). The ability to effectively communicate with students, faculty, staff and employers.
● Strong program development, event planning, and project management skills.
● Ability to remain composed, friendly and demonstrate poise under stress while working in a deadline -driven environment.
● Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
● Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community.

Preferred Qualifications:


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at .

About Bates:

Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

Advertised: Jul 26 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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