Assistant Director-IP/Tech/International Law

Sep 25, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Assistant Director-IP/Tech/International Law

Requisition Number: STFR004047

Division/College: School of Law

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


This new position provides the right candidate with a unique opportunity to work closely with students interested in the growing fields of Law & Technology and Intellectual Property, both domestically and internationally. In addition, this position will collaborate with NUSL's newly launched Center for Law Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) and the faculty involved with that program, on special projects designed to expand and highlight opportunities for students and alumni/ae in these fields. Projects may include: enhanced employer outreach and engagement, leading the co-design and co-sponsorship of educational programs between CLIC and the Center for Co-op and Career Development, and identification and cultivation of partnerships that advance the mission of both entities and facilitate the deepening engagement by our students of the myriad ways in which technological advances are reshaping law and society.

Northeastern University School of Law's Cooperative Legal Education (“Co-op”) program is the law school's premier program, and a central experience for our students. Co-op is a year-round, full-time internship program at the law school. Each student completes four co-ops as a graduation requirement, and the Center for Co-op and Career Development facilitates those students' placement, provides guidance during their 11-week placement, and supports legal employers in securing and supervising co-op students. The Center for Co-op and Career Development manages more than 800 co-op placements annually, and has a base of 900+ legal employers worldwide. The Center for Co-op and Career Development also proactively supports students and graduates with post-graduate job placement

Crucial to our students' success in securing their placements and achieving on co-op is our professional development counseling and advising staff. The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for four distinct areas: advising our students throughout their co-op experience; supporting and connecting with our legal employers as they work with our students; advising and supporting students and recent graduates in their post-graduate job searches; and delivering our professional development training and programs. Additionally, the Assistant Director interacts regularly with the greater law school community and will play an integral role in the innovative experience-based learning projects we are launching this year.
The Assistant Director supports students through all stages of their co-op experience, including: initial individual planning sessions for application strategy, resume review and job interview preparation, advice regarding co-op selection, and professional development counseling during a co-op placement. This position works closely with our co-op employers, who are our partners in helping our students grow professionally through the co-op process. The Assistant Director develops relationships with new employers, helps them to identify placement needs, assists them during the placement process and provides guidance during the co-op on supervision questions. S/he also assists employers in using our placement database to review student application materials and make selections for internships.
In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for participating in collaboratively designing (with the rest of the advising team) and delivering the professional development training that The Center for Co-op and Career Development regularly provides to students. S/he delivers programs on range of topics from how to chart your career course, to resumes/cover letters, to identifying and pursuing professional development goals. The Assistant Director also creates student professional development materials, employer support materials, and various office publications. S/he interacts regularly with the internal law school community, and assists in other co-op or career development related tasks as needed.


The Assistant Director must have a J.D. and at least three years of professional legal experience. The preferred candidate will have demonstrated experience in mentoring less experienced lawyers and law students or career counseling. Familiarity with the following substantive fields is preferred: Intellectual Property, Law & Technology, and International Law. An otherwise strong candidate who does not have familiarity with these fields of law but who is committed to learning them will also be considered.

Substantive knowledge of emerging opportunities in the specified fields and the ability to work well with students, employers, and the internal law community is essential to the success of this individual.

S/he must be technologically savvy and proficient in MS Office including Excel and PowerPoint. Fluency in social media avenues a plus.

Additional Information:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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