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Assistant Director, Professional Development Program

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

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Law Administration

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Director, Professional Development Program. The primary responsibility of the person in the Assistant Director position is to assist in overseeing and administering the Professional Development Program for JD, SJD, and LL.M. students, beginning with admission and throughout matriculation, law school, graduation, and post-graduation. This includes working with students in their required LAW 679B Preparing to Practice class, determining appropriate LAW 693 Externship placements, heading Program initiatives, evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of current initiatives, and using creative and innovative approaches to create new initiatives that support the goals of the Program.

The person in this position will work closely with other Professional Development Program Officers, other departments at the Law College, and external stakeholders to achieve the Program's goals for student professional development and employment outcomes. This position will report to the faculty member or Dean responsible for the Professional Development Program.

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:

Student Professional Development (private-practice focus)

a. Provide individualized, tailored support to JD, LL.M., and SJD students, recent graduates, and alumni, and assist them in developing short- and long-term professional goals. Conduct professional development advising through both scheduled appointments and on a walk-in basis. Conduct regular outreach to Program participants to promote Professional Development Program and offer assistance. Participating population will consist primarily of students, recent graduates, and alumni focused on private law practice.
b. Maintain thorough and accurate data on student and recent graduate employment goals and Program achievements. Use data to advise on all aspects of professional development, including the exploration and identification of professional interests, the job search, professional strategies, and networking.
c. Develop and maintain professional development resources such as sample resumes and cover letters. Assist Program participants with resume and cover letter drafting and provide them with thorough written feedback on their draft resume and cover letter assignments required by LAW 679B, the mandatory Preparing to Practice course. Meet individually with program participants to review resumes, cover letters, and other application materials.
d. Match students with LAW 693 Externship placements appropriate to their professional goals.
e. Conduct mock interviews with program participants and provide constructive feedback.
f. Develop, implement, and conduct professional development programming, including live events and podcasts.

Student and Post-Graduate Professional Outcomes

a. Manage, track, and analyze employment goals and status for the population described above.
b. Assist current and former Program participants with securing post-graduate employment.
c. Provide periodic internal reports on metrics and progress toward achieving Program goals for employment of students and recent graduates. Meet with the Law College’s senior team to discuss progress and efforts toward meeting goals.
d. Use data to develop and implement innovative strategies to increase the percentage of third-year law students employed by graduation and 10 months after graduation year-over-year.

Stakeholder Relations

a. Cultivate and develop private practice opportunities for law students. Use data described above to develop strategies for same. Work with Senior Director to execute strategic plans on external employer relations.
b. Collaborate with College of Law faculty and University faculty to identify law student and post-graduate externship and employment opportunities. These opportunities may be internal or external to the University.
c. Promote Professional Development Program to internal and external stakeholders.
d. Assist with planning, executing, and managing the on- and off-campus interview process.
e. Assist with connecting students to regional and national externship placements and employers.

Professional Development Program Initiatives

a. Head program initiatives, evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of current initiatives,and use creative and innovative approaches to create new initiatives that support the goals of the program.
b. Evaluate effectiveness of current externship program placements in helping students cultivate their professional development and identity.

Special Events

a. Assist with and attend special Program events, which take place approximately three times per year and will require work outside of regular business hours.
b. Assist with planning, managing and running on- and off-campus programming, events, and/or fairs, including traveling occasionally to out-of-state events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to track, record, and report on progress towards 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.
  • Ability to thinking creatively and be innovative with problem solving.
  • 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 professional paths within the practice of law and law-related business positions.
  • Superior knowledge of legal resume and cover letter format.
  • Superior writing, grammar, proofreading, and editing skills.
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to provide individualized, tailored advising.
  • Sensitivity to the needs to law students.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Judicial clerkship experience.
  • Experience working as an attorney in a private-practice setting.
  • Previous higher-education experience.
  • Previous 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
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.


As Arizona’s First University, founded in 1885, the University of Arizona now serves nearly 46,000 students, from undergraduates to doctoral candidates. A public land grant university, we work together to expand human potential, explore new horizons, and enrich life for all.

We constantly strive to be a best-in-class place to learn, research, and work. We educate innovative, adaptive learners and problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Economy. Our Strategic Plan details how we intend to drive social, cultural, and economic impact, in Arizona and across the world.

As a Research I university and member of the Association of American Universities, the University of Arizona hosts two medical schools as well as the only veterinary college in Arizona. More than 16,500 faculty, staff, and graduate students produce over $687 million in research annually, ranking us among the top 20 public research universities in the nation.

Transdisciplinary research excellence – the true seamless integration across disciplinary university-community boundaries – is an undergirding philosophy deeply rooted in our history. Notably, our BIO5 Institute brings together scientists from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering to treat disease, feed humanity, and preserve livable environments.

We strive for excellence in all our 200-plus undergraduate majors and 150 graduate programs. Our faculty are renowned for ground-breaking research in astronomy and planetary sciences; climate, environment, and solar energy; cancer and biotechnology; optical sciences; electrical and computer engineering; and management information systems. Research us yourself on our interactive FactBook.

As Arizona public employees, we enjoy comprehensive benefits. Among these are a choice of retirement plans, high-quality medical insurance subsidized at 85% of cost; and dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance plans. An unusually generous qualified tuition reduction program is one of the benefits our employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children value most.

Who We Are

Our core values proclaim who our Wildcat community is and what we stand for:

Integrity: Be honest, respectful, and just.

Compassion: Choose to care.

Exploration: Be insatiably curious.

Adaptation: Stay open-minded and eager for what’s next.

Inclusion: Harness the power of diversity.

Determination: Bear down! (Yes, there’s a story here.)

Where We Are

Our Main and Health Sciences campuses are located near downtown Tucson. In addition, we operate a College of Applied Science & Technology in southeastern Arizona, a Biomedical Campus in Phoenix, a Veterinary College north of Tucson, and extension offices in every Arizona county. Despite a metro population of 1 million people, Tucson retains the feel of a small town where everyone knows one another. Ringed by mountains, blessed with abundant sunshine, and recognized as a bicycle-friendly city, Tucson is ideal for outdoor exploration. The second largest city in Arizona also offers cultural, artistic, and social amenities to feed your insatiable curiosity. Emblematic of the desert Southwest, the Sonoran Desert is a region steeped in Native American and Latina/o culture.

Diversity Profile

Our Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The University of Arizona sits on the homeland of the Tohono O’odham, the Desert People. In 1775, the Spanish Presidio San Agustín de Tucsón displaced the Native people from the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. With Mexican Independence in 1821, Tucson became part of the Mexican state of Sonora, and might still be so but for the 1853 Gadsden Purchase.

The University of Arizona takes advantage of our unique location and history through initiatives from cross-border collaborative research in arid lands and water management to workshops for women entrepreneurs in Sonora.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office serves as a liaison between Native nations and the research arm of the university, focused on building capacity and research support for tribal community development.

The university of Arizona is proud to be a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and one of 9 US institutions to receive the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for demonstrating positive Latina/o student outcomes. We rank No. 1 for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to Native American students, and No. 9 for the number awarded to Latina/o students.

Student success, particularly educational equity for historically underserved groups, is an institutional priority. We have more than 10,000 First Cats (first-generation college students). The Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center is nationally recognized for its innovative and successful academic support programs for students with learning and attention challenges.

The University of Arizona has many student cultural clubs and organizations. View the list on the Equity, Inclusion, and Title IX website.

These are some of our cutting-edge centers and programs:

Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence (AZ-HCOE) works to increase the number of Latina/o physicians, enhance health research serving Latinas/os, and improve the cultural competency of health care services in Latina/o communities.

Binational Migration Institute (BMI) is an association of US and Mexican scholars researching the consequences of immigration enforcement policies on Latina/o communities.

Institute for LGBT Studies develops curriculum, promotes research, and presents public programming addressing the histories, politics, and cultures of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture (ISRC) serves as a research and outreach center focused on the role of religion in international politics.

Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) conducts health-related research and training projects to help improve quality of life for Native Americans.

Native Nations Institute (NNI) conducts policy analysis and research dedicated to building capable Native nations.

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