Senior Director, Career Development Office

Tucson, AZ
Feb 24, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Law Administration

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law seeks applications for the position of Senior Director, Career Development Office (“CDO”). The CDO is one of the largest student services offices at the College of Law, providing a variety of important resources and events for Arizona Law’s students and alumni. The primary responsibility of the person in this position will be to supervise and manage the CDO team along with the Assistant Dean. Other responsibilities will include working with employers to cultivate employment opportunities and/or to advising Law College students and recent graduates about career and professional development issues. The position will also work closely with other members of the CDO and other departments at the Law College to achieve the CDO’s goals for employment outcomes.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Assistant Dean for Career Development in supervising and managing the Career Development Office team

Employer Relations

  • Cultivate and develop opportunities law students and recent graduates. Use data described to develop strategies for same. Work with Assistant Dean for Career Development to execute strategic plans
  • Help manage the CDO’s flagship interviewing programs, including the Sonoran Desert Public Sector Career Fair and Fall on- and off-campus interview programs, including occasional travel to out-of-state event sites
  • Maintain strong, positive relationships with existing legal employers, and initiate relationships with new legal employers on behalf of the CDO
  • Ensure that employers receive a high level of customer service throughout recruitment process
  • Solicit feedback from employers on design, process, and experience of CDO recruiting
  • Stay informed on current employer and recruiting trends, and communicate information to CDO team when appropriate
  • Develop strategies to expand and advance student and employer professional engagement opportunities
  • Occasional travel to engage with employers
  • Work closely with the CDO’s career advisers to matching students with available externship opportunities. Work closely with the CDO’s career advisers to cultivate externship opportunities that provide pathways to post-graduate employment

Student and Alumni Career Advising

  • Provide individualized, tailored counseling to law students and recent law graduates, and assist them in developing short- and long-term career goals. Use data to counsel students about job search strategies, professional development, and networking. Conduct regular outreach to counselees to promote career services and offer assistance
  • Develop and maintain career resources such as sample resumes and cover letters. Assist counselees with resume and cover letter writing. Meet individually with counselees to review resumes, cover letters, and other application materials
  • Assist counselees with using the Law College’s online job bank and recruitment system
  • Conduct mock interviews with counselees and provide constructive feedback
  • Develop, implement, and conduct career-development programming, including lunch events
  • Develop strategies for improving career advising process and administration for students

Employment Outcomes

  • Help track and analyze employment goals and employment status for law students and recent alumni
  • Assist third-year law students and recent Law College graduates in finding post-graduate employment
  • Meet with the Law College’s senior team to discuss progress and efforts toward meeting employment goals
  • Assist with and attend CDO special events, which take place approximately three times per year and will require work outside of regular business hours
  • Keep current on regional and national trends in the legal job market
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to track and report on progress toward target goals
  • Ability to plan for and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to work in a busy environment and juggle multiple priorities
  • Excellent judgment and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Familiarity with the practice of law, legal processes, court systems, and law office organization and management
  • Knowledge of major career paths within the practice of law and law-related business positions
  • Knowledge of legal resume and cover letter format
  • Superior writing, grammar, proofreading, and editing skills
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs to law students and alumni
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies
  • Familiarity with recruiting software programs

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school OR master's and/or doctorate in a related field
  • Five or more years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Previous experience in law school career services
  • Previous career advising and/or mentoring experience
  • Previous attorney recruitment experience



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

Student Services

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Career Strategies

Job Function:

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Shannon Trebbe
Assistant Dean, Career Development
Phone: 520-621-1373
Email: [email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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