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Associate Director of Career Development, Public Interest and Government Employment Specialist

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Associate Director of Career Development, Public Interest and Government Employment Specialist


Law School-Career Development

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday-Friday; 8AM-5PM
Some evenings and weekends required

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with Experience.

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Open until filled:


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by June 22, 2021, are assured of consideration, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Student Services Professional



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Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

-JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required.

Position Summary:

The Associate Director of Career Development, Public Interest and Government Employment Specialist, will counsel law students with all aspects of their job searches and career development. This position will have a special emphasis on, but not be limited to, assisting students interested in pursuing careers in public interest or government.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Desire and ability to communicate effectively in counseling students. Excellent time management skills. Excellent attention to detail. Knowledge of interview skills and business etiquette needed by students. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills. Willingness and ability to be a team player.

Physical Demands:

Sit at a desk for long periods of time while using a computer.

Travel and participate in programs outside of normal work hours when needed.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


Career Counseling:

Providing individualized counseling to students based on knowledge of the legal profession. Exercise discretion in providing career strategy guidance based on the needs of individual students. This includes reviewing and revising resumes and other application documents; helping students develop job search strategies for summer and post-grad jobs; identifying specific job opportunities through online research and other means; contacting employers on behalf of specific students; explaining the unique nature and requirements of a career search in the legal profession; providing advice related to the bar exam; and other related tasks. This position will be responsible for counseling a designated portion of the first-year class, and available for appointments with all other students

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Public Interest and Government Expertise:

Maintaining extensive understanding of unique aspects of the legal job market for public interest and government careers. Public interest and government employers include, without limitation, nonprofit providers of civil legal services, public defenders, prosecuting attorneys, nonprofit educational and public policy organizations, the military, and federal, state and local government agencies.

Maintaining extensive knowledge of, and identifying opportunities for, fellowships, stipends and other funding for students working in public interest and government positions, both during summers and after graduation.

Keeping other CDO Counselors apprised of major developments in public interest and government careers

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Employer Outreach:

Building relationships with employers, particularly public interest and government employers (federal, state and local). This includes identifying new potential employers; doing targeted outreach to existing and prospective employers; attending alumni, bar association and practice area specialty events (some of which will include travel); and other related tasks.

Assisting with, and attending as appropriate, annual offsite interview programs (job fairs) focused on public interest and government employers.

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Student Outreach:

Coordinating with appropriate student organizations on campus to provide career development resources and identify students in need of services. Identifying and recommending students to be hired by the office to conduct employer outreach and complete public interest related research assignments.

Performing other student outreach, such as blog postings. This includes reaching out to students who may not be aware of career development services offered.

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Professional Development:

Researching, creating and updating resources to assist students interested in public interest and government careers (e.g., online Jobs Guides).

Developing and organizing professional development panels and other group programming designed to assist students with public interest and government careers

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Office Administration/Special Initiatives:

Assisting with special projects to improve career development resources.

Collaborating with recruitment professionals at other law schools to stay informed and remain competitive about career search strategies.

Performing required data collection and file maintenance for ABA and U.S. News & World Report reporting (including becoming proficient with the ABA Protocol on employment data reports and the database and software utilized by the Career Development Office), and other related tasks

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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