The Associate Director, Alumni Advising provides professional development programming and counseling to law school alumni at all stages in their careers. This role updates existing programs and resources, as well as designs and implements new programs and resources to assist alumni in building their careers and personal brands, transition to new opportunities within and outside the law, and expand their networks. This role develops and maintains relationships with alumni across the globe. This role markets the law school alumni and law programs to potential employers and develops and maintains relationships with employers.
Plans and implements extensive career-related programming, including panel discussions, workshops, webinars and networking events.
Provides career counseling to alumni at all stages in their careers regarding legal and non-traditional employment searches, all aspects of career development and employment opportunities.
Drafts, edits and/or updates resource materials regarding job application documents, job search strategies, interviewing skills, networking and other job search-related topics. Writes and distributes job search and career development related newsletters to alumni. Assists with maintenance of Career Strategy communication tools such as blogs, podcasts and websites.
Markets the Law School and its alumni to employers in order to cultivate, maintain and expand the nature and number of career opportunities. Drafts, edits and/or updates resources for identifying employers in various markets.
Develops and maintains relationships with various alumni clubs and their members across the country.
Maintains knowledge and familiarity with the general state of the economy and the legal market and its effects on hiring practices, market differentiation, individual employers’ hiring practices, and practice areas and employment trends.
Serves as an active Career Strategy team participant and provide input into decisions regarding office operations. Assist the other career advisers with matters related to current students and graduates of the most recent graduating class.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or JD or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience and 3 years' work experience in the legal profession.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
Experience working with Excel and database systems.
Knowledge of the range of law careers and legal employers.
Excellent interpersonal, management, and communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, alumni, faculty, Law School administration and staff, employers, and recruiters.
Proven leadership, organizational and project management skills.
Experience handling multiple projects at once.
Ability to work successfully under pressure and to meet deadlines.
Ability to work as a member of a team.
Ability to exercise independent judgment, initiate new projects, set priorities and manage time.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Three or more years of experience in legal professional development, law school career services, legal recruiting, or legal career counseling/coaching.
Prior full-time work experience as an attorney in a legal setting, such as a law firm, corporation, federal government agency, or non-profit.
Substantive experience assisting lawyers in making career transitions.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge and abilities)
Strong knowledge of Excel.
Knowledge of social media such as LinkedIn.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.