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Assistant Director, Career and Fellowships Advising

The Center For Life Beyond Reed


Reed College seeks an experienced science, pre-med, and tech advisor to be our next Assistant Director, Career and Fellowships Advising. This position is part of the Center for Life Beyond Reed (CLBR), a department focused on helping students develop purposefully and professionally from their first year through graduation and beyond. CLBR advisors are organized by a unique “Communities of Purpose” framework and embrace a holistic model of advising which integrates graduate school, careers, and fellowships advising. This is a great opportunity for someone with direct or tangential advising experience to join a dynamic and collaborative team of relationship-focused advisors.

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. This is an on campus, in person position. Starting salary for this position is $58,000 per year.

Who You Are:

  • You are committed to anti-racist work and can demonstrate how you have incorporated this into your professional life.
  • You are experienced and knowledgeable about the field of science, healthcare, and research including future careers and workforce information, graduate school applications processes, and development of students and recent grads in the pre-med application cycle.
  • You are experienced in career advising or adjacent/related professions.
  • You are drawn to support emerging professionals, and understand how to help students develop and move through the transition from college to post-bacc.
  • You are a strong relationship builder with students, faculty, colleagues, and alumni.
  • You are an excellent presenter and facilitator who uses both a DEI and a universal design lens to inform your audience.
  • You are collaborative and active in reaching across your institution to work with colleagues in developing programming and events, resulting in strategic change.
  • You are data-informed in your decision making as part of the strategic management of a program or policy.
  • You are curious and embrace a growth-mind-set to building new skills and learning new industry sectors related to advising and departmental needs.
  • You are comfortable with navigating ambiguity and able to pivot your priorities easily, as needed.

What You’ll Do

  • Be a relevant, data-informed science, pre-med, and tech careers, grad school, and fellowships advisor to Reed students and recent grads 
  • Be a trusted and experienced ally for anti-racism work at Reed
    • Outreach to alumni, industry professionals, graduate and medical schools to better understand specific work and grad school application process and timeline
    • Attend alumni and employer events to expand knowledge of field and opportunities
    • Connect students with alumni to increase their successful exploration in their communities of purpose
  • Program Management
    • Plan, design, and implement pre-med and other assigned programs whose outcomes can be accurately measured and evaluated
    • Supervise student staff, meet with student groups
    • Plan and manage the budget for your areas of responsibility
  • Faculty Engagement 
    • Develop a plan with each assigned academic department for grad school, career, and fellowships programming
    • Communicate with faculty advisers in assigned departments about students and recent grads, as needed

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 achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Read the college's anti-racism statement and provide an example of how you've incorporated anti-racist work into your professional life.

As you apply online, you will be asked 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. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.