Reporting to the Assistant Dean & Executive Director for the Office of Career Planning & Professionalism, is the primary architect of Penn Law’s law firm employer relations and student private sector career development strategies. The Director develops and delivers employer outreach initiatives, develops and administers on- and off-campus recruitment programs and events, and provides direct counseling and career services to students (with a nonexclusive focus on those pursuing private sector employment) through programs, resources and individual counseling.
The Director holds a regular full-time position and reports to the Assistant Dean & Executive Director of Career Services. This is a regular full-time position.
Develop deep expertise across all sectors of the law firm and private sector job markets to support successful career outcomes for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students and graduates.
Conduct market research; develop and communicate market analysis to inform curricular innovation, program development, and career supports.
Share this expertise in a variety of internal and external forums that establish the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School as a market leader in the legal talent industry.
Manage employer relationships worldwide.
Develop and implement a marketing outreach plan for law firm and corporate employers of all sizes worldwide.
Develop and implement a plan for employer contacts based on student and alumni interest.
Cultivate and enrich ongoing relationships with employers.
Oversee all communication with employers regarding their recruitment needs.
Develop deep appreciation of student interest in the private sector marketplace.
Monitor market conditions and student preferences including geographic, practice area and specific employer interest. Use this data to inform plans for employer relations and outreach.
Develop a student board to advise on private sector recruiting activities.
Design and implement recruiting programs for University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School students and graduates.
Respond creatively and affirmatively to student and market demands for various approaches to communicate the unique talents and skills of University of Pennsylvania Carey Law students to a broad array of law firms and other private sector employers.
Develop, manage and deliver on-campus interviewing and related private sector recruiting opportunities for hundreds of employers from around the globe. Prepare students for and educate them about the process.
Oversee all law-school sponsored or affiliated private sector recruiting programs and job fairs for JD students.
Collaborate with career office colleagues to ensure program coordination and broad career representation (including government, public interest, and JD preferred employers as possible) in all recruiting programs.
Evaluate the efficacy of programs and services through student input, tracking outcomes, and leveraging metrics
Design and implement innovative recruitment-related educational programming for JD students.
Direct and manage programs related to private sector recruiting, including the annual Practice Area Fair and Mock Interview Program.
Organize and direct ongoing programming on relevant topics for students in connection with preparation for and participation in the private sector recruiting process and collaborate with colleagues throughout the Law School on programming to ensure their success in those markets.
Evaluate the efficacy of programs and services through student input, tracking outcomes, and leveraging metrics.
Counsel Penn Law students and alumni.
Counsel Penn Law students and alumni on formulation and execution of job search strategy and execution thereof, with a nonexclusive focus on private sector employment.
Conduct mock interviews, and review and provide feedback on application materials including resumes and cover letters.
Manage and inspire colleagues.
Support two JD counselors involved in private sector market development and exploration.
Hire and manage a Graduate Assistant each year.
Maintain a dotted line report to office administrative coordinators.
Represent the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School to internal and external audiences.
Upon request, present program information, e.g. outcomes and recommendations, to law school leadership.
Participate actively in committee work at the Law School to further the mission of the career services office, the law school and/or the university.
Participate in professional association groups relating to legal career planning, including the National Association for Law Placement, as well as local recruiting and bar organizations. Attend annual NALP conferences and participate in the association's committee work.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: The successful candidate will hold an advanced degree, J.D. strongly preferred, and have a minimum of five to seven years of progressively increasing responsibility in academic administration or a law firm or business environment. Experience with career counseling and/or in higher education preferred. The candidate will have a history of working successfully with diverse constituencies, including employers, faculty, alumni, current students, prospective students, and colleagues. We seek candidates who have established track records as collaborators in the workplace.
Knowledge of the University systems helpful. Commitment to the Penn Law ideals required.
A cover letter is required with job application.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00019848
About University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. The school offers a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania. The resulting intellectual opportunities and professional relationships bridge traditional boundaries and disciplines, making Penn Law an extraordinarily supportive academic community for its scholars and students alike.
Penn Law staff play a critical role in providing a world-class educational environment, supporting faculty, students, alumni, and fellow staff members in a collaborative and ambitious environment.