Assistant Dean for Career Development, Pepperdine School of Law
The Assistant Dean for Career Development envisions, creates, implements, and supports innovative strategies for the development and enhancement of career opportunities for Pepperdine Law students and alumni. The Assistant Dean will maintain a leadership role in the law school’s Parris Institute for Professional Formation. With vision and leadership, the Assistant Dean supervises and works closely with the Career Development Office (CDO) staff, who counsel and advise students and alumni in their career planning and job search goals.
Develop direct relationships and contacts, and foster effective outreach programs and working relationships, with employers, alumni, faculty, staff, and other placement professionals;
Continuously grow alumni and employer outreach programs and current job listings;
Directly place students and alumni with employers, driving excellence in law school’s student and graduate employment outcomes relative to peer and aspirational schools;
Encourage ongoing positive communications and relationships between students, alumni, and the CDO;
Plan and implement innovative marketing strategies to identify and solicit a diverse group of potential employers;
Work closely with the Alumni Affairs Office of Alumni Relations to cultivate and enhance employer and alumni relationships;
Regularly attend and help organize and facilitate alumni and employer networking functions;
Manage employment data collection and reporting to the ABA, NALP, and other entities;
Maintain general office supervision within the CDO, including managing the office budget and supervising and encouraging the professional development of the Career Counselors, Recruiting Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and student workers;
Direct, supervise, and work with Career Development Office (CDO) staff to:
Counsel students and alumni in career planning, job searches, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking in the diverse legal market;
Coordinate training skills workshops, career forums, and alumni speaker programs;
Manage the on-campus interview (OCI) and student recruiting programs;
Maintain and improve CDO databases and resource materials.
Regularly meet with, report to, and strategize with Associate Dean for Student Success and other law school administrators regarding above duties;
Support and contribute to the law school’s mission, student and community service ideals, and overall goals and objectives;
Legal employment market expertise and previous experience with career counseling, marketing, workshop planning, or administration;
Excellent interpersonal, written, public speaking, and communication skills;
Strong problem-solving and organizational abilities;
Driven, bottom-line, results-oriented outlook, and excellent interpersonal and motivational skills;
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work collaboratively with students, alumni, staff, faculty, administration, and employers;
Ability to instruct, mentor, and assist in the professional development of staff and student workers;
Ability to effectively communicate and market the services and programs of the CDO to students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff;
Strong technology skills with ability to use Microsoft Office and other programs and applications.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
About Pepperdine University School of Law
To learn the law is to understand for perhaps the first time one's place in a community and society whose freedoms and privileges are both defined and guaranteed by the law. Almost every area in daily American life is touched by the legal practice. Thus, the ability to control one's own interactions in those areas and the potential to help others in them are powerful skills. But almost everyone who holds a juris doctor agrees that the process of learning the law is one of the most challenging experiences in a lifetime. Not only must the language of the law be mastered new word by new word, but learning to think analytically almost inevitably requires an examination of many things that had once seemed immutable.
Pepperdine University School of Law seeks to provide a few highly qualified students with the opportunity to pursue an academically challenging program in a unique and exciting environment. The student body possesses exceptional intelligence, as well as diversity, and rich and varied talents. Students will be surrounded by others who were also at the top of their undergraduate academic class, leaders in extracurricular activities, and active participants in their communi...ty. Alumni will leave prepared to enter positions as counselors, advocates, and judges; they will enter careers in business fields, as well as becoming writers and teachers of the law. We urge you to explore our Web site for a glimpse into this exciting place!