Assistant Dean for Career Development

Tallahassee, FL
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID: 41556

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Apply On Or Before: 05/04/2017


College of Law - Placement and Career Development Office


The Assistant Dean for Career Development directs and manages the College of Law Placement and Career Development Office, serving as a member of the law school's management team to coordinate all employer outreach and recruitment efforts. Manages collection of employment data and compliance with all required data reporting, and directs individualized academic advising and program development efforts of Assistant Director and JD Advisors.
Identifies and brings job opportunities to College of Law students and alumni, which includes responsibility for planning and implementation of a comprehensive placement program. Continually evaluates current market trends and hiring practices to seek ideas for new job search strategies; evaluates feasibility and potential of non-traditional job opportunities; and recommends new ideas and initiatives to law school administration.
Strategically plans employer outreach efforts to generate job opportunities for law students and alumni. Duties include identifying and compiling information on employee prospects; visiting potential employers in various cities and fields on a frequent basis (twice per month); tracking employer outreach meetings; calendaring specific follow-up efforts with potential employers both immediately and ongoing afterward; and attending alumni and employer receptions and networking events. Coordinates alumni networking events in target areas identified by student feedback. Assists Dean and law school development officers in cultivating relationships with alumni employers and building network of alumni Placement Mentors.
Manages and implements all aspects of collecting, managing and reporting of graduate employment data to ensure the law school complies with all placement reporting requirements, including to the American Bar Association for accreditation purposes, ensuring compliance with record keeping requirements for audit purposes. Continuously tracks and maintains statistical information on graduate employment and generates reports to the Dean and other administrators as needed.
Counsels and advises law students and alumni with regard to all job seeking and job preparation activities including areas of legal practice, expectations of practice, and non-traditional legal careers. Assists all students and alumni on realistic means of obtaining employment across all class ranks and other qualifications, and directs efforts of Assistant Director and JD Advisors to provide comprehensive career counseling services.
Coordinates with Assistant Director and JD Advisors to organize on-campus student programming. Develops and conducts presentations including, but not limited to, on-campus interviews, resumes and cover letters, federal jobs and internships, networking, interviewing; and other topics related to job search activities as needed. Serves as law school representative at state and regional job fairs and conducts other major programs such as Career Development courses, mock interviews, networking events, and employer visits during the Summer for Undergraduates Program.


J.D. degree and minimum five years of experience in a legal, educational, recruiting and/or communications field is required. Experience using Microsoft Outlook or comparable software, and familiarity with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint or comparable software, is also required.
Must be able to manage multiple priorities independently, supervise the work of others and build effective relationships with students, staff and alumni/employers. Availability for frequent travel (twice per month) and attendance at events outside regular working hours is essential.


Experience tracking/maintaining data and generating reports is preferred, as well as demonstrated relationships with and/or participation in local and state legal and/or civic organizations.

Contact Info

Nancy Benavides
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Florida State University College of Law

Anticipated Salary Range


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How To Apply

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The College of Law prefers that applicants attach a resume and cover letter to the online application, but completion of the online application is also required. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.

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