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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

The Assistant Director, Career Education and Graduate School Advising splits her/his time between two core functions: 1) the Assistant Director oversees the programmatic elements of pre-law and graduate school advising and 2) this Assistant Director works as a member of the Career Education team. Graduate school advising is part of the continuum of career coaching since many students attend graduate school as their first post-graduate experience.

In the graduate advising role, the Assistant Director will coordinate training for other career coaches on graduate school issues, provide individual and group coaching to students interested in graduate or law, and develop partnerships and initiatives to better prepare students who are applying to law and other graduate programs for their next steps.

With respect to career coaching, the services provided include one-on-one career coaching, group programming, outreach to campus partners, and the development of career resources tailored to liberal arts students. Innovative approaches and collaboration with the campus community are essential to address the needs of all students on campus. 

In addition, the Assistant Director will serve as career coach, planner, coordinator, and collaborator for career services for students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College. This position serves as a liaison to academic departments to develop career-related program in conjunction with various academic departments.

Key Areas of Responsibility

1.  Pre-law and Graduate School Advising Responsibilities 

a.  Advise students and alumni on the decision-making and application process to graduate and law school, staying current in developments in testing and application procedures to best advise individuals and facilitate groups

b.  Update written and electronic resources and information for all constituents, including the web site, handbooks, and comprehensive materials for students and alumni wishing to apply to graduate and law school. Conduct assessment of the program’s effectiveness

c. Serve as a liaison to external constituencies regarding graduate and law school advising; act as Boston College’s pre-law professions spokesperson at admissions and orientation events, advise the pre-law society, work with faculty, and communicate as needed with graduate and law schools

d.  Analyze and report on law school and graduate school trends

2.  Individual and Group Career Advising 

a.  In addition to graduate school responsibilities, provide individual and group career coaching to undergraduate and graduate students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, including self-assessment, industry exploration, job search strategies, interview preparation, networking skills, resume and cover letter critiques, and job negotiation skills

b.  Maintain proficiency with software tools, resources, and career coaching methods to continuously improve services to students

c.  Support the overall work of the Boston College Career Center by providing career coaching to all students during drop-in hours and peak times in the academic year

3.  Programming and Outreach

a.  Develop and present career development related programming  on a variety of topics and formats

b.  Build relationships and maintain regular contact with Student Affairs, Mission and Ministry, Academic Advising, and student organization as determined by team strategy

c.  Develop operational plans with specific academic and administrative departments to best meet the needs of students

d.  Play a leadership role in student affairs  to broaden the importance of career services to a campus-wide focus

e.  Review and recommend appropriate career resources and web content for students depending on their career needs

f.  Conduct assessment and evaluation to support programmatic development and outcomes

g.  Assist students in leveraging the use of technology in their career development

4.  Cross-Functional Teams and University Initiatives  

a.  Serve on various cross-functional teams to promote the vision and direction of the Career Center; support the overall work of the Career Center team’s priorities and signature programs

b.  Contribute to the execution of the Career Center’s strategic plan in order to evolve Career Center services and programs

c.  Represent Boston College and the Career Center in local and national professional associations and conferences in order to stay current with industry standards and changes; revise programs to reflect trends and increase the center’s visibility among professionals in the field

d.  Represent the Career Center on university committees about community issues

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $61,400 to $76,750; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


Professional or advanced graduate school degree, and/or masters in higher education administration, counseling or related degree

Minimum of 3-4 of years coaching or advising experience, preferably with students on career or related issues or similar setting

Experience in developing and implementing career-related programming or trainings

Experience creating strong relationships with external constituents preferred

Understanding of the career advising issues related to attending graduate school

Understanding of and skills associated with basic career coaching techniques and ability to determine which career interventions will be most effective for a particular group of students

Previous coaching or advising experience, preferably with students on career or related issues

Ability to design, deliver, and present to students and colleagues at workshops and special events

Excellent interpersonal, communication, and writing skills

Collaborative and team-oriented working style and the ability to multitask and thrive in a changing, dynamic environment

Ability to be flexible and function effectively as a team leader and contributor

Evidence of the ability to collaborate and build partnerships across the university, other institutions, and professional organizations

Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations (e.g. AHANA, LGBTQ, first generation)

Ability to adapt and change with organizational needs

Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed

Demonstrated comfort with technology and willingness to use technology to deliver career programming and information

Willingness to conduct program assessment, look critically at results and use findings to improve Career Center services and resources


Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at