Senior Career Counselor
Monroe Hall, Room 228Hours: Please see Handshake for appointment availability.
Fields of Interest
Career Development, Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Master of Education, University of Virginia
Master of Science in English Education, Hofstra University
Bachelor of Arts, University at Albany
Certified in MBTI
Jennifer Jones directs the activities of the Economics Career Office (ECO) to equip majors with tools and resources to successfully reach the next steps in their career planning. Jen partners with faculty, alumni, employers, and other career offices on the grounds toward this goal. She was hired in 2013 to spearhead this effort after funding was provided by many enthusiastic and committed donors through the leadership of Professors Ken Elzinga and Charlie Holt.
Jen returned to the University of Virginia (U.Va.) in 2013 after working as the Director of Student Career Services for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Before that time she worked as a fundraiser for U.Va. and served in several roles, including Associate Director for Corporate Relations, and Senior Major Gift Officer for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
Fortunate to work alongside University volunteers, trustees, faculty, foundations, and corporations, Jen assisted in raising money for research funding, building projects, new undergraduate courses and programming, and in support of academic positions. She began her career at U.Va. working in the U.Va. Career Center office managing the Employer Relations Team and the On-Grounds Interviewing Program.
Jen has been recognized by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) with the association’s award for Innovation and is energized by designing creative and customized career programs to meet students’ needs in an ever-evolving economy. Jen holds a Master’s degree in Education from U.Va. and a Master’s degree in English Education from Hofstra University. She and her husband founded the Big Blue Door Improv Comedy School and Theater in Charlottesville in 2012. She spends as much time as possible with her 6-year-old daughter, Ellie Grace.