Career Development, Experiential Learning / Externships, Legal Education, Public Interest / Pro Bono
Position Summary: OCPD’s director manages daily operations of an office serving students in the law school’s full and part-time programs, as well as alumni. The director is responsible for managing full and part-time professional and administrative staff as well as student workers. The director also undertakes a significant amount of career advising.
Essential Responsibilities Include:Manage Staff: Recruit, supervise, train and evaluate staff. Conduct performance evaluations, manage staff workload, promote professional development, promulgate fundamental policies and procedures for staff performance and ensure those policies are effectively communicated and performed. Services and Programs: Develop and provide broad range of services and programs designed to facilitate career/professional development for students and alumni including individual and group counseling, programming, networking events, open houses, and diversity outreach. Develop and Implement Office Goals, Policies and Procedures: Draft periodic reports reviewing office performance and make recommendations. Develop new goals and standards for office staff. Manage Collection and Reporting of Statistical Information: Perform outreach to graduating class to facilitate the collection of employment data. Collect, analyze and report employment data in compliance with ABA protocol. Prepare data in anticipation of possible annual audit by ABA. Ensure compliance with ABA Sec. 509 reporting requirements. Create reports as necessary for the Dean and various professional associations, including the American Bar Association (ABA), the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and US News & World Report. Career Advising/Counseling: Meet individually with students and alumni to provide career counseling and guidance on related professional development issues. Edit resumes and cover letters and conduct mock interviews. Record and track services provided through career service management system. Supervise On- and Off- campus Recruitment Programs: In conjunction with the manager of legal recruiting, supervise all on-and off-campus interview programs. Collaborate with the Director of the Experiential Curriculum on the preparation for and execution of, annual Externship Fair. Manage Judicial Clerkship and Judicial Internship Programs: Work with faculty clerkship advisors to promote judicial clerkship to students and alumni, respond to questions from faculty regarding the clerkship application process, and counsel students and alumni. Coordinate the electronic application process for federal positions through OSCAR. Work with Associate Director to collect state court clerkship hiring and application information from the local judiciary and distribute to students. In conjunction with the Associate Director, manage the Judicial Internship Program for first-year students. Manage Pro Bono Program: In conjunction with the Pro Bono Coordinator, manage the law school’s student pro bono program by creating opportunities for pro bono through partnerships with organizations and employers, publicizing the Pro Bono Challenge and collecting information to provide to various national organizations including the ABA. Create and administer annual budget for the office. Collaborate with the Dean and other senior leaders of the law school on the strategic planning process. Work with the Dean and other law school staff on projects as needed. Create/Draft Career Resources: Create and draft job search resources for students and alumni. Maintain and update current library. Marketing and Networking Conduct outreach to alumni and employers to facilitate hiring of students for externship, law clerk and permanent positions. In conjunction with the manager of legal recruiting, develop and implement annual marketing plan including collaborating on marketing materials.
Minimum Qualifications: A Doctoral Degree with a minimum of four (4) years practical legal experience in a private, government or public-interest setting; experience or degree in career-counseling (preferably in a law school setting) or professional recruiting experience; demonstrated management and supervisory experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Licensed to practice law in one or more jurisdictions.
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