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Assistant Director, Career & Professional Development

Apply now Posting #: 3121
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Law

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Director, Career & Professional Development; Law School Career Services
Posting #


University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

Extensive advising of J.D. and LL.M students and alumni on legal careers and law clerk and post-graduate job opportunities, and developing career-search resource and tools and programs. Manage graduate and student data collection and reporting together with Assistant Dean and other career advisors. Design, create and present programs and projects in response to dynamic legal employment market. Manage relationships with student groups and outside constituents to design and initiate programs and projects.

Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Provide extensive, comprehensive and continuing career counseling to law students, and periodically graduate law students and alumni of the school.
    • Work with other advisors in counseling students and alumni. Suggest approaches and responses to both common and unique issues raised by the student and graduate body. Inform advisors of trends and techniques in law career advising from literature, professional programs and experience. Encourage formal and impromptu career counseling discussion among advisors.
    • Review and edit resumes, cover letters and other employment application materials.
    • Familiarize students with resources and programs available in Career Services, including timing and scheduling of activities.
    • Develop and present online and in-person workshops, conferences, programs and/or panels to assist students and alumni with career planning and job development skills. Work closely with other Career Services staff, student organizations, and local, state and national attorney groups to develop career related presentations.
    • Create, revise and update Career Services’ series of written guides, info-graphics and video tutorials on career development topics, responding to the particular needs and concerns of USD students and alumni.
    • Coordinate and manage annual mock interview programs. Promote programs to alumni in coordination with Law Alumni Relations Office. Identify and recruit suitable attorney volunteers.
    • Develop and maintain comprehensive Career Services online reference library. 
    • Advise students with IP background and practice interest. Create, manage and supervise all aspects of specialized IP advising including job search resources, programs, communications regarding IP-specific job fairs and employment opportunities, and annual IP career event. 
    • Manage, direct and coordinate data collection for graduates (ERSS, ABA, U.S. News, Princeton Review). Report information under supervision of Assistant Dean.
    • Plan timing and content of student and graduate programs to maximize graduate response rates and quality of reported data.
    • Maintain and manage electronic records related to data collection together with Assistant Director for alumni advising and reporting.
    • Coordinate with Communications, Admissions, Graduate Programs and other offices to suggest, publish, and promote relevant employment statistics and draft related materials for the Law School’s employment data webpage, prospective and admitted students, accrediting bodies and media.
    • Monitor national developments in data reporting including updates to the ABA Employment Protocols. Confer with and advise Assistant Dean on deadlines, trends and proposed changes. 
    • Develop and maintain employer contact and relationships with law firms, corporations, government agencies, public interest agencies and other potential employers to cultivate expanded legal employment opportunities.
    • Assist Assistant Dean with design of employer-directed marketing materials and programs to promote school and students to outside world.
    • Periodically field and respond to recruiting calls from employers.
    • Periodically attend bar association and alumni receptions and other networking and market knowledge building events during and after regular business hours.
    • Attend local, regional and national events and job fairs that market the law school’s students and graduates to legal employers during and after regular business hours.
    • Maintain and create networks with local, national and international employers to create networks for job opportunities; visit alumni and potential employers to create additional opportunities for students and alumni. 
    • Assist in managing, implementing and developing of fall, spring, and other recruiting programs, including coordination of on campus or off campus interviews, resume collections and direct application opportunities. Assist in recruiting new employers for these programs, working to increasing the number of employment opportunities for students and alumni.
    • Develop, monitor and promote job opportunities for students and alumni.
    • Assist with developing and managing student materials regarding recruiting programs, including correspondence, guides and policies. 
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelors Degree required, Juris Doctor strongly preferred.
  • At least three years of work experience in the legal profession, education administration, student services, recruiting or a related field required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One year of counseling experience in a student-oriented (customer-service) setting preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to address issues raised by a large, diverse student body, along with the ability to successfully interact with various populations including students, faculty, administrators, employers and colleagues at other institutions.
  • Strong understanding of career development issues affecting law students, lawyers, and the legal profession; knowledge of intellectual property law market preferable.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to develop career development related programs and materials.
  • Knowledge of legal career employment opportunities and local, regional and national job markets.
  • Ability to develop marketing strategies to enhance employment opportunities.
  • Administrative, managerial, and supervisory skills and experience.
  • Skill in use of computer software and web-based legal employer and job search programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Tools & Equipment Used:

Personal computer including word processing, spreadsheet, database, Internet, legal research database and other software. Telephone, fax, and other related equipment.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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