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Career and Fellowships Advisor

The Center For Life Beyond Reed

The career and fellowships advisor joins the staff of the Center for Life Beyond Reed (CLBR) to advise students and help them develop professionally from their first year through graduation and beyond, including:

  • 1:1 specialized advising 
  • Group workshops
  • Create, plan, and implement programs
  • Pursuit of fellowships, from modest on campus grants to significant nationally competitive awards 

This role will embody the Communities of Purpose: a unique advising model that encourages students to begin their career path by first identifying the learners and doers based in nine broad areas. In particular, the advisor in this position will be responsible for advising in the following two communities:

  • Healthcare and Cure of Illness
  • Research, Tech, and  Innovation

The career and fellowships advisor will collaborate with students, alumni, local employers, staff and faculty, to develop programs and events that support qualified student candidates in their efforts to pursue career development and professional experiences during school and beyond graduation. 

This is a full-time, salaried role with a regular work schedule of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. As with most advising roles, some evening and weekend hours will be required. The salary for this position ranges between, $48,000 to $55,000, depending on experience. 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), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse, and discounted Trimet transit passes.

The career and fellowships advisor joins the CLBR team to maintain and augment strategies for the career, internship, and fellowships advising program to increase Reed’s first destination, post-bac continuing education placement in graduate schools and pre-professional programs, and competitive fellowships results. The CLBR team is a creative, flexible, engaged group of individuals who reflect, embrace and value difference of thought, experience and background.

Who We Are

  • Purpose driven, not a placement-driven career/fellowships model
  • Focused on relational (not transactional) advising
  • Follow a vertical model: Fellowships, grad school, career, purpose
  • Fun, flexible
  • Excited about working with others, collaborative
  • Listen and respect each other and students
  • Interested in the pursuit of nontraditional solutions, innovations, start-up minded

Who You Are 

  • Able to manage confidential information and sensitive situations
  • Actively engage students in conversations designed to promote self-awareness and decision-making
  • Excited to partner with students pursuing complex, challenging fellowships and other opportunities
  • Comfortable in a “startup” like environment where workshopping ideas as the rule, not the exception
  • Possess strong content experience in healthcare, pre-med, science, and tech fields
  • Committed to a liberal arts education 
  • Committed to cultural diversity 
  • A strong communicator, including the ability to inform, persuade, and motivate various audiences such as students and faculty
  • An effective presenter of information to all groups including management, businesses, students, parents, and alumni
  • Able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, parents, staff, and the general public
  • Effective collaborator, also able to provide direction to staff and student employees when planning/running career focused programs or events

What You’ll Do (Essential Functions)

  • 1-1, small and large group advising with Reed students interested in health and tech careers
  • Serve as adviser to students and alumni considering professional degrees in health and medicine
  • Develop and maintain effective relations with faculty, staff, students, parents, administrators, alumni volunteers, employers, other college and university career practitioners, graduate and professional school admission staff, and professional organizations to develop career-related opportunities for Reed students
  • Work with faculty, staff, admission, and public affairs to raise awareness of opportunities and publicize student achievements
  • Use and optimize Handshake content and functionalities for contact management, counseling notes, and continued communication
  • Conduct strategic outreach to raise visibility and success of Reed applicants at key medical schools and partner institutions
  • Develop in-person and virtual programming in most-needed areas such as LinkedIn, alumni connections, how to get into grad school, etc.
  • Perform data tracking on all advising conducted through CLBR: virtual and in-person
  • Engage and collaborate with the Alumni Engagement Program team for alumni volunteering in career education and practice


Bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5+ years of career coaching/advising experience with content emphasis in healthcare, science and technology,  or any combination of experience and education to perform the work. Direct experience advising students pursuing Goldwater, Churchill, NSFGRFP fellowships and REUs preferred.

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. 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?
  • Please provide an example of something you learned about Reed College that inspired you to apply

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. 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.