Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital and one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is located on the GW campus in the downtown DC neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.
As a professional school, students attend GW Law for the express purpose of translating their academic preparation into a career. Therefore, this position supports the entire academic function of the law school organization. It will oversee the ongoing enhancement of the law school’s programs, from a strategic and long-term perspective. The core responsibilities of this position typically include providing direction, oversight, and management of a major academic function within an organization, typically including multiple units or programs within a school, developing a vision and strategic plan that fosters the development of policies and programming within purview, that support the missions of the school and university, and creating an environment of collaboration and serves as liaison between other departments and programs at GW. This role will also use relationships to inform the strategic vision, goals, and initiatives in support of the organization and will work with various leadership to identify different ways to offer customized support for their respective constituencies, as it relates to the scope of the position. This position provides leadership to cultivate an engaged, supportive environment for administering the academic function and is responsible for strategic planning and development, launch, support, and assessment of existing and new programs. This position will also serve as an active participant in institution-wide initiatives and committees and forms collaborative relationships with schools and divisions. This role may oversee related functions and resources used for program activities, such as technology, finance, and communications. This is an executive position at the university that, in addition to leading a major function at the organization, has enterprise-wide scope and leads and manages the staff of the unit to strategically accomplish university goals. The Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategies (Career Center – CC) maintains a current and comprehensive understanding of the market for legal services in the United States and abroad, and applies this knowledge to provide direction, oversight, and management of the Career Center’s multiple services. These include the Inns of Court academic and professional identity formation program; provision of professional career counseling planning, mentoring, and advising services to JD students; and professional advising to our alumni population in order to enhance and develop future and present employment opportunities for legal professionals. The Associate Dean of the CC has the responsibility for developing a vision and strategic plan, and for providing leadership and management for the overall administration, organization, and supervision of the office. The Associate Dean of the Career Development Office is a member of the Dean’s management team and represents the law school on University graduate student employment committees and councils.
Specific responsibilities include:
Act as Department Chief Strategist Provide the overarching vision and strategy for maximizing the success of GW Law CC services for law students and alumni.
Remain current and knowledgeable of the market for legal services in the United States and abroad.
Establish and maintain a network of career services professionals to keep abreast of the approaches to career services taken by peer law schools; develop data driven strategies to maximize high integrity results in the form of quantifiable outcomes reportable to the ABA and rankings agencies and organizations; and develop an entrepreneurial approach toward innovating new strategies to provide the highest quality services and results to the student and alumni populations served.
Instill a Customer Service Approach to the Career Center
Ensure outstanding student engagement and outreach.
Manage and develop social media and other tools to attract and incentivize students to engage and take ownership of their professional development and career strategy.
Develop marketing and communications strategies with external markets.
Act as an Entrepreneurial Innovator
Assess changes in the market for legal services and develop innovative approaches to meet those changes nimbly.
Develop vision, goals, initiatives, strategies, and outreaches to create new job markets for GW Law students and alumni in the United States and globally.
Act as a Collaborator
Form alliances with administration, faculty, alumni and staff within the GW Law community to maximize resources available to students in their job searches. Creates an environment of collaboration and serves as a liaison between other departments and programs at GWU.
Represent the law school to external constituencies including local, regional and national legal communities, potential employers, alumni and the general public in order to develop outreach strategies to enhance employment opportunities for the school’s students and alumni.
Keep the Dean apprised of the status of the office and the current legal employment picture.
Supervise career development subordinates including career counselors and administrative staff.
Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the Office’s goals and objectives which includes overseeing the recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of department staff.
Develop, implement, and oversee a creative and integrated career development and mentorship program for alumni, to include various communications dealing with career planning, professional conduct, and job searches.
Provide coaching/counseling; planning and assessment and conduct mock interviews. Provide guidance/mentorship to alumni seeking legal professional development.
Support GW Law’s Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs
Integrate the CC’s counseling approach with the mission and themes of each program. Serve as an advisor to an Inn and oversee the counselor’s involvement in the program.
Perform other work-related duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 8 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
•JD from an ABA accredited law school or appropriate Master’s degree •Strong knowledge of a broad range of legal career employment opportunities and local, regional and national job markets, in private, public interest, and public service sectors •Strong understanding of career development issues affecting law students, lawyers, and the legal profession; ability to develop related programs/materials •Demonstrated understanding of the ABA’s rule for employment data •Strong interpersonal skills to inspire and work effectively with diverse groups of students, faculty, alumni, staff, and legal employers •Ability to conceive and execute a strategic vision for the CC •Ability to develop marketing strategies to enhance employment opportunities •Significant management and supervisory experience •Excellent oral and written communication/presentation skills
The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Internal Number: S009787
About The George Washington University
George Washington University is a top nationally recognized institution and is currently the largest employer of higher education in the District of Columbia with students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 120 countries. Our community is as diverse as the many backgrounds and occupations we represent. Enrichment, opportunities, and work/life balance are just some of the rewards of joining our learning community. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.