Director, Office of Private Practice, School of Law

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-12-18
Req: R0020701

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks to add a Director to its Office of Private Practice. The Office of Private Practice assists students and alumni in all aspects of the search for legal jobs in the private sector and has achieved results that rank at the top of national law schools. This is a new position that will add to the office’s team of experienced legal practitioners (the Office’s counselors have over 39 years of practice experience and over 30 years of career counseling experience). The Office is staffed by a positive, collaborative team that enjoys the process of innovating to meet change. We seek a person with similar strengths and proclivities.

Specific duties of this Director position include:

  • Counseling students and alumni in person, via telephone, and by email on all aspects of the job search process in the private sector, including identifying target employers, researching employers, formulating strategies for applications, preparing employment documents, preparing for interviews, deciding among offers, and developing professional communication and networking skills.
  • Assisting in the origination and cultivation of employer relationships, in conjunction with the Senior Director, Office of Private Practice and the Senior Assistant Dean, Career Development.
  • Managing the development and implementation of career programming to enhance student knowledge of employment markets, hiring practices, and keys to success in practice.
  • Contributing to the office’s goal of continuous improvement, by developing and implementing creative and efficient solutions to challenges and opportunities that arise.

The Director reports to the Senior Assistant Dean, Career Development and works under the direction of the Senior Director, Office of Private Practice.

A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school is required. At least two years of firm practice experience is required; at least three years of firm practice experience is preferred. Additional experience as a practicing lawyer, in legal recruiting, or in a student services role in higher education is preferred. The candidate must have excellent interpersonal, project management, writing, and communication skills; a positive and outgoing demeanor; the ability to work diligently and efficiently in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment; and proficiency with standard office software.


***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0020701”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, (Requisition number R0020701) complete the application and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

For questions about the position, please contact Kevin Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean, Career Development at For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 12/20/2020
Application Due: 4/24/2021
Work Type: Full Time