Assistant/Associate Director, Penn State Law Career Services
The Penn State Law Career Services Office is seeking an Assistant/Associate Director. This position will have significant, hands-on, individualized interaction with students and alumni providing career guidance, strategy, and support throughout the law school experience and beyond, as well as employers.
The successful candidate will have significant experience in either the private or public sector and will be tasked with creating and overseeing all programming, counseling, and strategy related to their sector (public or private) while providing support to advance the goals of the Career Services Office. The Asst/Assoc Director will provide career counseling to JD students and alumni on careers in the private sector (including law firms and corporations), and public sector (including public interest funding (summer and post-grad fellowship funding, such as Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and IOLTA), as well as positions in Federal and State government, including clerkships).
Duties will include:
Provide strategic advice on applying to positions, long-term career development, and professionalism coaching
Establish Penn State Law as a talent pipeline to various employers in the legal field
Design, organize and present programming to students
Coordinate on-campus interviews and other events, including a large Spring networking event
Review resumes, cover letters, and other application materials
Serve as a liaison to student groups; and other duties as assigned
The successful candidate must demonstrate a record of success in programming, networking, and building partnerships within the legal industry as well as demonstrated experience in recruiting, or as a mentor, coach, or counselor. A Juris Doctor degree from an ABA approved law school and legal practice experience is required. Experience leveraging relationships built as a practicing attorney in a law firm or in public interest/public service and experience advancing DEI/cultural competence is strongly preferred.
Ideal candidates will demonstrate mastery of either the public or private sector legal market, ability to counsel/coach, knowledge of best practices in professional development, demonstrated ability to self-start and collaborate, excellent communication in all forms, and ability to leverage extensive contacts in their sector.
Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Information on the different units within Penn State Law is available at https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/.
The location of this job is flexible, work can be done onsite or remote. There will be some required onsite work and travel associated with the position. Advance notice is given for all required onsite work.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to apply. Candidates who do not submit a cover letter will not be considered.
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