Law Administration Department Website Link:Location:
Main Campus Address:
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!
The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here.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.
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.
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.
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
- Minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience
- 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.
Exempt Full Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
40 Job FTE:
Student ServicesBenefits Eligible:
Yes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Grade:
8 Career Stream and Level:
Career Strategies Job Function:
Student Services Type of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies:
1 Target Hire Date:
Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
Shannon TrebbeOpen Date:
Assistant Dean, Career Development
Email: [email protected]
6/15/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Resume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
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