Assistant Director, Office of Career & Professional Development

Assistant Director, Office of Career & Professional Development

*Cover letter is required with application.*

**Priority review upon receipt of application materials.**

Summary: The Assistant Director is an integral member of the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) team and is responsible for the career advising needs of an assigned number of students in each Juris Doctor (JD) class, from admission to at least one year following graduation. In addition to individual advising and counseling, the Assistant Director teaches two sections in the 1L Professional Development course. The Assistant Director works individually with each student on all aspects of career planning, including developing career goals, job search strategy, and maintaining detailed employment data. This position also helps to implement OCPD programming, facilitates workshops and events, and assists with reviewing, editing, and revising student resources.

Essential Functions:

  • Counsels students on an individual basis. Reviews and edits student materials. Administers and reviews self-assessments. Provides interview preparation and additional coaching and mentoring, as needed.
  • Teaches assigned sections of 1L Professional Development class.
  • Assists Associate Director and others with planning and implementation of OCPD educational programming calendar. Works with OCPD team to develop innovative workshops and events for students. Conducts group trainings.
  • Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with alumni and employers (i.e. attending bar meetings, and alumni events).
  • Maintains student counseling records and assists in reporting of summer and graduate employment data to relevant accrediting organizations.
  • Stays abreast of trends in legal industry job market and legal education by reviewing relevant publications and other resources, attending conferences, participating in professional organizations such as NALP and TALRA.
  • Assists in annual review of student resources and communications and office publications. Refines, edits, and improves provision of resources as needed.
  • Supervises student interns.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • A/B.S. with at least three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • J.D. and legal practice experience or advanced degree in counseling and experience working with law students.


  • Responsible for own work.
  • Manages staff/student workers.


This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States