Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in Washington, DC. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school is located on the GW campus in the downtown neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom. The law school offers diverse academic opportunities in an atmosphere that fosters a strong sense of inclusion and community to a large, diverse, and highly motivated student body.
The Career Center of The George Washington University Law School advises and counsels law students in professional development and assists them in connecting law students with career opportunities and helping students develop career strategies. This position presents a rewarding opportunity to help law school students and recent law school graduates find and begin their legal careers. We are seeking a Director, Employment Placement who will join our team to link J.D. students with jobs and to provide individual and small group counseling to our J.D. students on all aspects of career planning, including self-assessment, career exploration, job application materials, interview preparation, and professional skills development.
This position will report to the Associate Dean, of Professional Development and Career Strategies.
The incumbent will be responsible for performing the following duties and responsibilities outlined below:
Oversees sourcing of employers using a variety of methods to build a robust employer pipeline and development of an expanded network of available legal positions for students.
Oversees the delivery of career placement and advising to ensure that students are provided with opportunities to interview with employers and enable them to secure fulfilling legal employment and advance their careers in the legal profession.
Provides training and support for career placement advisors and counselors, including employer outreach, counseling methodology, strategies, and practice-specific approaches.
Works with small and midsize employers to create short-term (one to two-year) paid fellowships for students taking their first foray into legal practice.
Stays abreast of recruiting trends and best practices
Counsels students and alumni in determining career goals and objectives through self-evaluation; assesses articulated career interests and recommends avenues of exploration to meet goals. Advises and counsels students and alumni on matters related to career and professional development and the legal job search process. Refers students and alumni to mentors and other professional contacts.
Provides counseling, planning, and assessment and conducts mock interviews; provides guidance and or mentorship to students and alumni seeking legal professional development.
Builds relationships with alumni and other prospective employers to introduce students to opportunities for networking, mentoring, informational interviews, job leads, and other support for students, recent graduates, and other alumni.
Oversees the collection and tracking of data for students in all classes to monitor the frequency of Careers office meetings, referrals, interviews, offers, acceptances, and jobs obtained by students and recent graduates.
Serves as an advisor in the Inns of Court program and assists with program coordination and delivery of program content.
Develops events and programs on a variety of legal and alternative career topics, both independently and in conjunction with alumni and student groups. Regularly reviews program content for effectiveness and alignment with job search and career needs.
As required, represents the Career Center at national, regional, and local meetings of appropriate professional organizations and associations, and periodically interfaces with law career counselors at other law schools.
Assists with the programming, coordination, and delivery during all phases of networking fairs, job fairs, recruitment programs, and other career development programs, which may include travel.
The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
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. Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
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.