Assistant Dean of Career Development and Professionalism
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Career Development
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commiserate with experience
Telecommuting is allowed.
Reporting directly to the Dean, the Assistant Dean of Career Development and Professionalism serves as the chief career services officer of the law school and is an integral member of the senior administration. The Assistant Dean’s primary and essential responsibility is to implement, design, and execute a strategy to support the law school’s students’ career development goals, including soliciting and developing job opportunities, innovative programming, and proactive results-driven career counseling. They will establish goals, set policies and priorities, plan budgets, and revise annual operational plans for the law school’s office of Career Development and Professionalism (CDP). The mission of the office of Career Development and Professionalism (CDP) is to assist students and graduates to secure challenging and rewarding employment throughout their careers. This is accomplished by providing one-on-one and group job development coaching, counseling, programming, and resources to assist them in developing necessary job search strategies and skills. Additionally, the office of CDP provides students with the marketplace knowledge and interviewing opportunities to succeed in their job search.
The Assistant Dean will oversee all employer outreach, marketing, student service, and administrative responsibilities of the Office, including budget administration and hiring and supervision of exempt and non-exempt staff. The Assistant Dean will conduct outreach and build relationships with strategic, high-profile employers, as well as participate in national professional organizations.
They will target and meet with employers substantially to increase hiring of the law school’s students and graduates. The Assistant Dean will provide direct career counseling services to students and alumni. Additionally, the Assistant Dean will directly oversee the compilation and reporting of all statistical data for leading ranking institutions- including U.S. News & World Report, American Bar Association, and NALP.
Communications: Position requires daily interactions (written, verbal, and electronic) with students, alumni, faculty, staff, legal employers, and other external constituencies.
Customer Service: Position provides direct customer service to students and alumni as well as prospective students, prospective legal employers, and other external constituencies. Relationships are cultivated via direct meetings as well as written and verbal (phone) communications.
Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity, inclusion and diversity. It is committed to fostering an inclusive environment and actively seeks applications from individuals of all backgrounds and identities regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, age, unfavorable discharge from the military, status as a protected veteran, sexual orientation including gender identity and expression, order of protection status, and/or genetic information. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.
J.D. degree required and 5 plus years of administrative, marketing and counseling experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge and skill in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and 12Twenty desired. Managerial/supervisory experience; organizational abilities to manage budgets, etc. Knowledge of Web-based technology helpful.
Supervision & Budget Authority: 4 exempt staff: Director of Recruitment Programs, two Associate Directors, 1 non-exempt staff: Administrative Associate, and potential supervision of 1-2 student workers Budget authority: $530,000 combined CSO salary & operating budget.
About Chicago-Kent College of Law - Career Development
The mission of Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech is to train students for the practice of law and to house a vibrant, scholarly community that contributes to academic and public policy discourse on a wide range of legal issues.
Chicago-Kent believes that its mission starts with outstanding faculty members who impart their enthusiasm for law and their intellectual acumen through teaching classes and interacting with students in other settings. Chicago-Kent interweaves theoretical and skills-oriented teaching under the broad umbrella of a scholarly community that encourages students to assist faculty members as they develop scholarship to fuel both academic and public policy debates.
Recognizing that students must be able to think like lawyers before they can practice, Chicago-Kent first and foremost teaches students the inner logic of the law. Chicago-Kent then stresses innovative skills programs that enable students to learn to practice as attorneys. The school's focus on legal writing, clinical, and trial advocacy programs equips students to hit the ground running upon graduation. In addition, the school's historical focus on the intersection between law and technology further enhances students' ability to anticipate future developments in the law.