Associate Director - Career Planning - School of Law

Associate Director - Career Planning - School of Law

University of San Francisco

Job Summary:

The Associate Director for Career Planning works closely with the other Directors and the staff of the Office of Career Planning (OCP) to oversee and provide career counseling services and coordinate programming for about 600 law students and 9,000 alumni as well as to develop relationships with employers. This position reports directly to and supports the Assistant Dean for Career Planning & Legal Community Engagement (Assistant Dean). The Associate Director will play a critical role in the development and implementation of student and alumni services, and serves as the internal main point of contact and supervisor in the Assistant Dean's absence. Under the Assistant Dean's supervision, the Associate Director will be responsible for overseeing counseling services, leading internal program implementation, and enhancing services for students and alumni seeking jobs.

Job Responsibilities:


• Oversee counseling services program, with input from other Directors and supervision of the Assistant Dean, to ensure consistency in the quality and type of counseling services provided.
• Counsel current law students, recent graduates and alumni about career options, professional development, networking, job search strategies, and interviewing skills.
• Counsel prospective law students about advantages of attending law school and prospects in the legal job market.
• Review resumes, cover letters and supporting job application materials.
• Enter counseling notes and track student progress and development in online career database, USFLaw Link, powered by Symplicity.
• Administer self-assessment instruments including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).


• Lead the creation and implementation of the short-term and long-term programming plans for each semester and each academic year, with input from the other Directors and supervision of the Assistant Dean.
• Lead the On-Campus Recruiting program, including developing and managing student programs, with input from and administration by the Recruiting Coordinator and supervision of the Assistant Dean.
• Develop and implement mock interview programs, with input and assistance from the other Directors.
• Create and implement career-related presentations, workshops, and programs.
• Assess and recruit appropriate speakers on legal career development topics including but not limited to: self-assessment, networking, interviewing, and legal specialty topics.
• Develop and coordinate processes to streamline the office’s work with student organizations to develop co-sponsored, career-related programming. Serve as primary office liaison for newly developing students groups. Assign new student groups to other staff members to serve as liaisons as needed, with input from other Directors.
• Collaborate with other School of Law departments, other USF departments, and peer institutions to develop and support co-sponsored events.
• Assist directors and other Career Planning staff with events and networking receptions with law firms, public sector agencies, public interest organizations, and other employers to introduce students to practitioners.
• Assist with PI/PS Day and other employer recruiting events and job fairs as needed.
• Work with the Assistant Dean to ensure all programming is in line with the office’s strategic goals.
• Lead investigation of creation of professional development course curriculum for first year and upper level students. Take lead role in implementation and development of curriculum.

Office Administration

• Assist the other Directors with the development and implementation of policies and short and long-range planning for OCP.
• Provide day-to-day supervision of OCP support staff and student assistants, in line with office goals and strategies, as established by the Assistant Dean. (All HR or potential HR matters to be determined by the Assistant Dean.)
• Conduct weekly or bi-weekly meetings with OCP staff regarding programming.
• Help Assistant Dean conduct regular meetings with staff regarding progress toward short-term and long-term strategic goals.
• Help Assistant Dean develop metrics by which each staff member can assess and evaluate their progress toward their goals; individual goals will be in line with overall goals for the office.

Event and Program Coordination

• Under supervision of the Assistant Dean, lead the coordination, development and management of internal career-related events and programming for current students and alumni. For example:
• Lead development, coordination and implementation of annual career options fair; work with support staff in OCP on event logistics, including event setup and promotion.
• Serve as the lead coordinator of mock interview programs.
• Develop and coordinate practitioner speaking panels.
• Work with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to promote events and solicit alumni participation.
• Work with the SBA and other student leaders to promote events to current students.
• Conduct post-event assessments to ensure goals of events being met and adjust as needed.

Resource Development and Acquisition

• Lead the development and editing of content for OCP Weekly, a weekly newsletter sent to all students, published by the Recruiting Coordinator.
• Collect and develop self-assessment materials and resources for students.
• Develop, edit, and update career handouts, Career Planning Handbook content, Web content, surveys, and other resources.
• Research, evaluate and recommend pertinent career-related resources for acquisition.

Social Media and Web Management

• Work closely with Recruitment Coordinator and Communications Department to develop, manage and keep current OCP’s social media presence and web page.
• Work with Recruitment Coordinator and Communications Department to devise strategies for effective use of social media and other online outreach tools to connect with students, alumni and potential employers.

Representation of OCP and Networking

• Work closely with Assistant Dean to establish strategy for developing and maintaining relationships with law faculty, administration, alumni practitioners, and career services and counseling professionals. Help lead the implementation of the developed opportunities.
• Represent OCP at conferences, meetings, and events associated with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA), the Northern California Consortium of Law Career Services, and other legal, educational, and career-related organizations.
• Represent OCP and the School of Law at Admissions and Alumni events.

Employer Outreach

• Work closely with Assistant Dean to leverage contacts and employment market expertise to develop them into direct opportunities for students and alumni, including job, mentorship and networking opportunities. Help lead the implementation of the developed opportunities.
• Work with other Directors to secure new On-Campus Recruiting program employers.
• Assist the other Directors in the development of marketing and promotional strategies and campaigns to enhance the reputation of the School of Law and increase the recruitment of USF students.
• Maintain relationships with employers through regular dialogue with existing contacts and attendance at industry and employer-sponsored events.
• Work with the other directors to cultivate and expand the number of employment opportunities for our students and graduates.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

• Extensive knowledge of career-related issues particular to the practice of law.
• Extensive experience with or in the legal market.
• Ability to provide excellent, high level, tailored counseling. Preference given to those candidates with previous career counseling experience and experience administering and interpreting self-assessment instruments including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
• Highly receptive and responsive to student and alumni needs.
• Effective interpersonal and customer service skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all segments of the law school, including students, faculty, alumni, professional colleagues and of the USF community.
• Strong leadership and management skills to effectively help lead the OCP team and serve as a leader and role model for students and alumni.
• Sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies and interest and aptitude in working within a diverse community.
• Excellent grammar, writing and editing skills sufficient to effectively proof application materials and draft correspondence and resource materials.
• Ability to assess and optimize office processes and procedures.
• Excellent presentation and verbal skills sufficient to effectively articulate concepts in counseling sessions and presentations.
• Ability to independently generate new ideas for career programs and resources and efficiently plan and organize events, workshops and other projects.
• Ability to efficiently execute on all office objectives.
• Ability and interest in networking actively with alumni and potential employers, including at evening and weekend events, on behalf of the school and the student body.
• Extensive organizational skills to handle multiple long-term and short-term projects and ability to juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced office.
• Extensive PC computer skills required, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Experience working with online databases. Preference for candidates with experience working with Symplicity and Banner or similar job and student information system databases.
• Preference for candidates with experience of active development and management of social media tools and websites.
• Strong preference for candidates with a J.D. and two (2) years experience in the practice of law, or an M.A. in counseling and two (2) years experience in the career counseling field.
• Candidates with established contacts in both the private and public sector preferred.
• Minimal qualifications consist of any combination equivalent to a B.A. with four years of responsible office work, including significant counseling experience in either a law school career services office or the attorney recruitment department of a law firm/legal employer.
• Commitment to the vision, mission and values of the University of San Francisco and the School of Law.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, ineligible for overtime compensation. Position regularly requires evening hours and occasionally requires weekend hours. Regular local travel and occasional regional and national travel required for industry conferences and meetings.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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