Director of Career Development, Emerging Careers and Employer Outreach - 476511

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Director of Career Development, Emerging Careers and Employer Outreach - 476511


The Director of Career Development for Emerging Careers will design and implement a comprehensive career advising program for students, focused on sectors of employment created by technology-related disruptions or other innovations in the legal marketplace and other employment opportunities for which candidates holding a juris doctor traditionally have not been a significant portion of the applicant pool, including positions: (1) that may require a juris doctor and bar passage, and (2) those for which obtaining a law license is not required, but for which holding a juris doctor gives the job seeker an advantage. These positions include, but are not limited to, opportunities on Capitol Hill, compliance, contract administration, data privacy and security, education, legal operations, policy-related work, and risk management, among others. The Director will develop and implement programs to educate students and graduates about career paths and opportunities available in these sectors. The Director will design and execute an employer outreach strategy to increase the number and geographic diversity of internship and post-graduate employment opportunities in these sectors. This is a two-year position; it may be renewed for an additional year.


Career Advising

Advise students in one-on-one meetings and on all aspects of the legal career and professional development process.

Plan and implement strategies and workshops to coach and direct students about best practices during the employment search process, including effective self-presentation.

Develop and deliver a comprehensive program to prepare students for on and off-campus, callback, videoconference and telephone interviews.

Educate, promote and advise students regarding careers in emerging employment sectors.

Employer Outreach

Develop and maintain relationships with employers, including alumni, with emerging sector careers through regular in-person and telephone contact, and create written materials to be used in connection with outreach meetings.

Represent the Career Development Office and the School of Law to numerous constituencies, including current and prospective employers, other career development professionals and professional organizations such as the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium and NALP.


Design and implement a comprehensive legal career planning support system for students pursuing emerging careers, including the necessary print resources, an informative and interactive website, and a database of professional contacts available to assist students throughout the employment search.

Design and implement career-related programs identifying required competencies and outlining best practices for securing employment in various emerging employment sectors, incorporating perspectives from leading employers from the community.


  • Knowledge of emerging employment markets, hiring practices, processes and trends.
  • Creativity, initiative, energy and professionalism.
  • A demonstrated passion for working with students.
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong relationship management and client development skills.
  • Effective time management skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects effectively.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team, including faculty, other advisors, a recruiting coordinator, an administrative coordinator, and law school staff in a fast-paced environment.
  • Solid computer skills, including use of the MSWord Suite and familiarity with web-based software.


  • J.D. required.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience, recruiting or career advising experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in higher education administration a plus.


  • Full-time, exempt position
  • This position is classified as limited term for a 2 year period, with the possibility of a one year renewal
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hrs./day; 38.75 hrs./week
  • Some night and weekend work and some travel required.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE




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Posted: 10/6/2020
Application Due: 1/4/2021
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