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Career Adviser

The Center For Life Beyond Reed

The Career Adviser collaborates with students, community partners, staff and faculty to identify and support qualified students in their efforts to develop professionally after graduation. The Career Adviser is  responsible for implementing innovative and successful models of advising, programs and activities for the tenure of students’ education at Reed College and beyond. The Career Adviser assists their team in the strategy and success of programs to increase Reed’s first destination, post-bac continuing education placement in graduate schools, pre-professional programs and competitive fellowships.

This is a full-time, salaried position with a regular work schedule of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. However, as with most advising roles, some evening and weekend hours will be required. The annual salary is $48,000. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted Trimet transit passes.

Who You Are

  • You are passionate about working with students and helping them reach their potential
  • You are drawn to roles oriented to help and support others as they develop a sense of self and how their identity and morals interact with their communities.
  • You are able to establish working relationships where you support students and colleagues from all backgrounds. Others would describe you as open-minded.
  • You possess a team-oriented, collegial working style in which colleagues are valued and appreciated.
  • You are committed to managing confidential information and sensitive situations.
  • You are motivated to engage students in conversations designed to promote self-awareness and decision-making.
  • You have a natural ease and curiosity with social media, new technologies and platforms to reach students and enhance student success
  • You are excited to work with other departments on campus to optimize and support career education and practice for students.
  • You have excellent communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills and being a good listener, because people feeling heard and validated matters to you
  • You enjoy presenting information to all groups including management, businesses, students, parents, and alumni.

What You’ll Do (Essential Functions)

  • One-on one, small and large group, and electronic advising for students with a range of career development needs
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with faculty and staff in order to effectively engage students in career exploration and development
  • Utilize and optimize our online database for contact management, counseling notes, and continued communication
  • Develop in person and virtual career-related programming


A Bachelor’s degree preferably in the fields of sociology, psychology, education or counseling. And at least one year of post-college work experience in higher education or counseling. A Master’s degree is preferred and will be considered in lieu of work experience. Experience with student engagement, student advising, faculty engagement, workshop programming and/or working in a career center a plus.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to pursuit of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will also be expected to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. Preference will be given to applications received by Monday, June 11, 2018. This recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.