The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is seeking an Assistant Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Initiatives in its Professional Development Office (PDO) to:
develop and deliver effective career development counseling, educational programs, employer outreach and processes that serve the interests of law students, graduates and employers;
attend job fairs and professional conferences addressing employment;
assist with annual Employment Report & Salary Survey (ERSS) Data Collection; and
coordinate, facilitate, and manage pro bono opportunities for students.
The PDO is a team-oriented, student-centered office and is dedicated to providing students and graduates with the information and tools necessary for successful career development and advancement. Through an extensive complement of services, the PDO helps educate students and graduates for a lifetime of successful career management and serves as an intermediary to employers.
The Assistant Director of Public Interest and Pro Bono Initiatives specific duties will include:
Providing individualized counseling to students and alumni
Reviewing and providing guidance on application materials including, but not limited to, resumes and cover letters
Designing educational programming to address the unique interests of students planning a career in public interest law, the government, or judicial clerkships
Creating, planning, and executing pro bono events, legal trainings, and signature events for the Pitt Law community
Facilitating, managing, publicizing, and tracking intake of new pro bono opportunities
Monitoring specialized pro bono databases and tracking systems and reports of pro bono activity
Serving as point of contact for all pro bono related matters
Providing advice to students interested in pursuing pro bono opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally
Designing and overseeing signature events for the Office including the Annual Judicial Government and Public Interest Law Reception, Public Service Recognition Luncheon entitled "Soup's On"
Fostering relationships with employers and potential pro bono partners through bar associations, law firms, corporations, the judiciary, legal services agencies, government agencies, coalitions, and national non-profit public service organizations.
Providing on-going access to students by judges and governmental and public interest law employers
Three years of post-graduate employment experience as a licensed, practicing attorney is required; active license to practice law is preferred.
Strong relationship-building, counseling, analytical, and verbal and written communication skills are critical in this role. The incumbent must be able to effectively counsel a diverse array of law students/alumni who may present with high expectations, great anxiety, and insufficient information or time to manage all of their professional development and job search responsibilities.
The ideal candidate will be professional, articulate, diplomatic, well-organized, and understand at all times that they are representing the Law School and the University when interacting with external entities.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Administrator.III
Minimum Education Level Required: Law (JD or LDD)
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range: $35,100.00 - $56,784.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.