The Associate Director, Career Services works closely with the other Directors and the staff of the Office of Career Services (OCS) to oversee and provide career counseling services and coordinate programming for roughly 500 law students and 9,000 alumni. The Associate Director also develops relationships with alumni and non alumni employers for the purpose of developing career opportunities for current students and alumni. This position reports directly to and supports the Director, Career Services. The Associate Director will play a critical role in the development and implementation of student and alumni services. Under the Director’s supervision, the Associate Director will be responsible for overseeing counseling services, leading internal program implementation, and enhancing opportunities for students and alumni seeking jobs.
Full Job Description:
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversee counseling services program, with input from other Directors and supervision of the Director, to ensure consistency in the quality and type of counseling services provided.
Counsel current law students, recent graduates and alumni about career options, professional development, networking, job search strategies, and interviewing skills.
Counsel prospective law students about advantages of attending law school and prospects in the legal job market.
Review resumes, cover letters and supporting job application materials.
Enter counseling notes and track student progress and development in online career database, USFLaw Link, powered by Symplicity.
Administer self-assessment instruments including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Lead the creation and implementation of the short-term and long-term targeted programming for each semester and each academic year, with input from the other Directors and supervision of the Director with the goal of connecting students with meaningful job opportunities.
Support the year-round, on-campus recruiting program, including sourcing employers for on-campus recruiting and preparing students for their interviews in partnership with the Recruiting Coordinator and supervision of the Director.
Develop and implement mock interview programs, with input and assistance from the other Directors.
Create and implement career-related presentations, workshops, and programs.
Assess and recruit appropriate speakers on legal career development topics including but not limited to: self-assessment, networking, interviewing, and legal specialty topics.
Develop and coordinate processes to streamline the office’s work with student organizations to develop co-sponsored, career-related programming. Serve as primary office liaison for assigned student groups.
Collaborate with other School of Law departments, other USF departments, and peer institutions to develop and support co-sponsored events.
Assist directors and other Career Services staff with events and networking receptions with law firms, public sector agencies, public interest organizations, and other employers to introduce students to practitioners.
Assist with PI/PS Day and other employer recruiting events and job fairs as needed.
Work with the Director to ensure all programming is in line with the office’s strategic goals.
Assist the other Directors with the development and implementation of policies and short and long-range planning for OCS.
Provide day-to-day supervision of OCS support staff and student assistants, in line with office goals and strategies, as established by the Director. (All HR or potential HR matters to be determined by the Director.)
Conduct weekly or bi-weekly meetings with OCS staff regarding programming.
Help Director conduct regular meetings with staff regarding progress toward short-term and long-term strategic goals.
Help Director develop metrics by which each staff member can assess and evaluate their progress toward their goals; individual goals will be in line with overall goals for the office.
Resource Development and Acquisition
Lead the development and editing of content for OCS Weekly, a weekly newsletter sent to all students, published by the Recruiting Coordinator.
Collect and develop self-assessment materials and resources for students.
Develop, edit, and update career handouts, Career Services Handbook content, Web content, surveys, and other resources.
Research, evaluate and recommend pertinent career-related resources for acquisition.
Social Media and Web Management
Work closely with Recruitment Coordinator and Office of Marketing and Communications to develop, manage and keep current OCS’ social media presence and web page.
Work with Recruitment Coordinator and Office of Marketing and Communications to devise strategies for effective use of social media and other online outreach tools to connect with students, alumni and potential employers.
Representation of OCS and Networking
Work closely with the Director to establish strategy for developing and maintaining relationships with law faculty, administration, alumni practitioners, and career services and counseling professionals. Help lead the implementation of the developed opportunities.
Represent OCS at conferences, meetings, and events associated with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), the Northern California Consortium of Law Career Services, and other legal, educational, and career-related organizations.
Represent OCS and the School of Law at Admissions and Alumni events.
Work closely with the Director to leverage contacts and employment market expertise to develop them into direct opportunities for students and alumni, including job, mentorship and networking opportunities. Help lead the implementation of the developed opportunities.
Work with other Directors to secure new On-Campus Recruiting program employers.
Assist the other Directors in the development of marketing and promotional strategies and campaigns to enhance the reputation of the School of Law and increase the recruitment of USF students.
Maintain relationships with employers through regular dialogue with existing contacts and attendance at industry and employer-sponsored events.
Work with the other directors to cultivate and expand the number of employment opportunities for our students and graduates.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimal qualifications consist of any combination equivalent to a B.A. with four years of responsible office work, including significant counseling experience in either a law school career services office or the attorney recruitment department of a law firm/legal employer. Strong preference for candidates with a J.D. and two (2) years experience in the practice of law, or an M.A. in counseling and two (2) years experience in the career counseling field.
Extensive knowledge of career-related issues particular to the practice of law and extensive experience with or in the legal market. Established contacts in both the private and public sector preferred.
Ability to provide excellent, high level, tailored counseling. Preference given to those candidates with previous career counseling experience and experience administering and interpreting self-assessment instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Effective interpersonal and customer service skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all segments of the law school, including students, faculty, alumni, professional colleagues and of the USF community.
Ability and interest in networking actively with alumni and potential employers, including at evening and weekend events, on behalf of the school and the student body.
Strong leadership and management skills to effectively help lead the OCS team and serve as a leader and role model for students and alumni.
Ability to independently generate new ideas for career programs and resources and efficiently plan and organize events, workshops and other projects.
Sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies and interest and aptitude in working within a diverse community.
Excellent grammar, writing and editing skills sufficient to effectively proof application materials and draft correspondence and resource materials.
Excellent presentation and verbal skills sufficient to effectively articulate concepts in counseling sessions and presentations.
Ability to efficiently execute all office objectives, and to assess and optimize office processes and procedures.
Extensive organizational skills to handle multiple long-term and short-term projects and ability to juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced office.
Extensive PC computer skills required, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Experience working with online databases. Preference for candidates with experience working with Symplicity and Banner or similar job and student information system databases.
Preference for candidates with experience of active development and management of social media tools and websites.
Commitment to the vision, mission and values of the University of San Francisco and the School of Law.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, ineligible for overtime compensation. Position regularly requires evening hours and occasionally requires weekend hours. Regular local travel and occasional regional and national travel required for industry conferences and meetings.
Internal Number: R0002952
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