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Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation's top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.
The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a full time Director of Professional Development and Student Life.
The Director of Professional Development and Student Life is an important leader within the Office of Student and Career Services (SCS) at the UW School of Law (UW Law). UW Law's mission is to serve and educate students to be leaders for the global common good. SCS staff work holistically with students to provide customized advice, strategy, and support to students during law school and as they enter the work force. SCS has five primary focus areas: career coaching, public service (the Gates Public Service Law Program), academic advising, wellness, and student organization support.
The Director is responsible for: supervising a staff of (2-2.5 FTE) career coaches and academic advisors; developing effective working relationships with students, staff, alumni, and faculty; developing and maintaining employer relations; identifying employment opportunities; leading and designing professional and career development programs and resources; collection and analysis of graduate and student employment outcomes data; and staying abreast of the legal market and emerging careers. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services.
The Director works with the Assistant Dean and other SCS Staff to ensure that students have a positive experience at UW Law and receive the support they need while in school and as recent graduates. This individual in this professional position must possess a depth of knowledge, skills, and expertise in or related to legal education and the legal market. The Director must be able to advise students in making informed career decisions and to prepare students for networking and interviewing with potential employers. The Director must be highly engaged with students and regularly evaluate programs and policies based on data and student needs. The Director will develop and manage a professional development initiative and design and execute programs to enrich student life. The Director, together with the Assistant Dean, must be willing to partner with other offices within the law school and in other units on student- and alumni-related projects and programs. The Director must have a professional demeanor and have knowledge of the concerns, requirements, and hiring procedures of legal employers.
Benefit to the University:
The Director is essential to furthering the law school's academic mission through career coaching, academic advising, and student life programming. The Director works with students from their orientation through graduation and beyond. As such, the Director's role impacts admissions and alumni relations for the law school. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for conducing outreach to and building connections with current and potential employers in the local, state, regional, national, and global legal communities.
Advising and Counseling:
Coach and advise current law students about potential career paths, professional development, and academic options, how to create effective job application materials, and how to develop strong networking and interviewing skills. Assist the Assistant Dean with tasks related to the oversight of career services, counseling, and engagement with the employer community. Act as a resource to academic advising offices on non-academic issues as required. Help students build communities so that they can work together and support each other.
Market the law school, students, and graduates to local, regional, national, and international employers to develop additional employment opportunities. Partner and maintain regular communication with the law school's graduate program staff, externship director and other advising offices. Engage with state and local bar associations to identify employment opportunities Ensure UW Law participation in collaborative recruiting programs such as the Northwest law School Consortium, Puget Sound Area Minority Fellowship Program, Diversity Programs, and the Northwest Minority Job Fair.
Establish long-range leadership-focused career services strategies, policies, and procedures. Supervise staff, including hiring, performance management, training, discipline, merit and promotion recommendations. Oversee daily operations including budget management and travel approval. Manage the judicial clerkship database, listserv, and recruiting programs, and the law school mock interview programs. Under the direction of the Assistant Dean, develop, implement, and manage programs and events that support networking and programming in the areas of student life. Position will carry out short-term and long-term strategic planning and make recommendations to the Assistant Dean regarding program changes with measurable outcomes. Manage the collection and reporting of post-graduate employment data in compliance with guidelines from the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News & World Report, and for internal use.
General Administrative Support:
Carry-out administrative tasks as assigned.
Juris Doctor degree.
Six to eight years of experience in any of the following: law firm, public agency, non-profit organization, including a court system, educational institution or equivalent.
Excellent oral, written, presentation and communications skills.
Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
Strong computer skills including working with MS Office and database management programs.
Demonstrated social networking experience and knowledge of online marketing.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Positive attitude, detail and customer-oriented.
Ability to work independently and professionally to meet frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Familiarity with the current legal job market.
Previous experience in law, career counseling, marketing, workshop planning, or higher education administration.
Previous supervisory experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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