The Assistant Dean will serve the mission of the Office of Career Development and Student Services to educate and empower law students in their job searches and in their career and professional development. The Assistant Dean will develop relationships with employers, students and alumni and represent the law school to external constituencies, including the legal community and the public.
The Assistant Dean is responsible for the overall administration and organization of the office. The Assistant Dean must stay apprised of legal career trends and the evolving job market and develop new career and professional development initiatives. The Assistant Dean will also develop office policies and procedures. The Assistant Dean reports directly to the Dean of the School of Law.
Specific areas of responsibility include employer and alumni outreach, student and alumni counseling and advising, career and professional development program planning and development, recruitment, student communications, operations management and oversight of the law school's pro bono program, externship program, career and professional development program and student organizations.
Develop and maintain relationships with employers, and potential employers, and work with them to develop new opportunities for students
Connect alumni with current students to facilitate mentoring relationships and help students develop professional networks
Represent the law school on internal and external committees and within professional organizations and associations
Provide content to the Director of Communications and Marketing for use on social media regarding opportunities for alumni involvement with the office
Counseling and Advising
Develop, implement and evaluate new career services initiatives and programs
Counsel students and alumni on career-related matters; work with them to develop personal career strategies and assist them in their efforts to procure or improve employment
Review, critique and edit resumes and cover letters
Conduct mock interviews and provide feedback
Provide advice to students regarding bar applications, including how to address character and fitness issues
Program Planning and Development
Develop and present programs on careers, practice areas, professional development and job search skills
Assist and collaborate with office staff on their presentations and programs
Identify and recruit speakers and panelists
Set dates and policies related to on-campus interviews and job postings
Develop strategies to increase visibility of law students with legal employers
Oversee resume collection process
Gather and review job postings
Maintain and analyze data on participating employers and employment trends
Develop effective means of informing students of events, job opportunities, services and resources available and other related matters
Deliver social media content related to career and professional development to the Director of Communications and Marketing
Provide content for law school's website
Foster positive relationships with students and insure that the office and its staff are welcoming, supportive and helpful
Serve as administrator for the Office of Career Development and Student Services, including hiring, motivating and supervising staff
Evaluate staff and prepare yearly reviews
Establish and maintain policies, procedures and objectives
Oversee and manage the office's budget and finances
Collaborate with faculty and other administrative offices within the law school and with other career offices within the university
Collect and maintain graduate employment records and complete forms and reports for the National Association of Law Placement, Inc. ("NALP"), the American Bar Association, U.S. News and other entities as required
Analyze data and prepare reports and statistics as requested
Promote and encourage students' involvement in pro bono and other volunteer activities
Assist students in finding externship placement opportunities, train externship supervisors, develop course materials, teach or oversee teaching of course and respond to needs of students
Oversee the implementation of and insure student compliance with the law school's Career and Professional Development program
Advise, assist, and provide support to student organizations
A Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
Experience as a practicing attorney, judicial clerk and/or staff attorney
Experience in career counseling, legal recruitment and/or law firm professional development
A commitment to helping law students develop the insight, skills and experience needed to make a successful transition to the legal profession
Knowledge of the legal employment market
Prior management experience and demonstrated leadership ability.
Experience in developing and presenting innovative and engaging programs
Strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills, as well as strong written and oral communication skills
A working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel and ability to master other technology used in the office, especially platforms used in legal recruiting
Travel and evening and weekend hours may be required.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and at least three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
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