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Director of Professional Development and Career Counseling

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Case Western Reserve University
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Case Main Campus

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Job Title: Director of Professional Development and Career Counseling
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 9493
Job Description POSITION OBJECTIVE

The Director of Career Counseling and Professional Development will provide counseling, job search, and professional development expertise needed to ensure the success of programs offered by the Career Development Office. The Director of Career Counseling and Professional Development will manage an aggressive program of student and alumni career and professionalism counseling efforts, and create, implement and deliver legal professional development programming to increase the effectiveness of these efforts. In addition, the director will provide individual career counseling to current students and alumni, respond to inquiries from prospective students, lead the student-alumni mentoring program, and collaborate with other Student Services and Career Development Office staff to coordinate the Case Connections database and dissemination of alumni information for networking purposes. The director will participate in employer outreach efforts and job placement efforts as directed by the associate dean. The director is also responsible for researching, updating, and ordering career resources for the office. The director will also assist in general student services support as needed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

    Manage the student and alumni counseling efforts of the Career Development Office. Counsel students and alumni regarding resumes, cover letters, and general job search strategy. Direct other staff efforts in this area including training on proper procedures and resources available. Develop and implement a system to handle "quick questions" that students and alumni have on an as needed basis. Develop and/or identify tools, programs and resources to strengthen the counseling process. Communicate with students regarding prospective job opportunities. Serve as the main counseling contact for alumni. Assist in general Student Services support as needed. (40%)Work with law faculty to create, implement, deliver and manage the law professional development track programming that is a required part of the first-year and second-year (LLEAP I, II, and III) curriculum. Conduct legal research and review legal scholarship on best practices and trends in professional development education.Direct the student/alumni mentoring program, including but not limited to coordinating mailings, organizing the database, and disseminating information to students and alumni. (25%)Work with the associate dean in identifying new employers and targeting existing employers in an effort to expand job postings and interview programs. Conduct employer development outreach as directed by the assistant dean, particularly with local small and medium size firms. Liaison with law school faculty regarding contacts with potential employers. Assist in job placement efforts. (15%)Manage the Career Development Resource Library, which is an important tool in students' job searches. Includes researching and ordering new resources, evaluating current resources for effectiveness, and notifying staff and students on changes and/or additions to the library. Also includes creating and identifying new career resources specific to the school's Academic Centers. Annually update the Career Development Office Guide and other job search resources. (10%)Serve as a representative of the Career Development Office to all prospective students. Includes responding to inquiries, meeting with prospective students on a one-on-one basis and presenting the services of the CDO to a group of prospective students. Serve as the office liaison for the Student Bar Association (SBA) Career Development Committee. Communicate regularly with the associate dean regarding all the activities of the Career Development Office. (10%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: Daily contact with associate/assistant deans, faculty, staff, and students.

University: Contact with the university administration in various areas, as well as, faculty and staff of other schools as required to perform essential functions.

External: Daily contact with alumni, leaders in the legal community, federal, state and local government officials, and other outside organizations.

Students: Daily contact with professional students.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

Assist in the supervision of students as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: 5 years of work experience required, preferably in law school career services, legal recruitment and/or a law related environment, which may include law practice. Experience in higher education helpful. Public relations and marketing experience required. Creative and technical writing experience required.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor's degree and JD required; bar admission in one or more states required.

REQUIRED SKILLS

    Effective organization and innovative planning skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Excellent research and written and oral communication skills. Capacity to work effectively for the best interests of the students. Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines. Capability to work independently and in a team environment. Ability to exercise good judgment. Professional business manner.Detail-oriented.Ability to work beyond standard business hours to attend events and functions as needed. Computer proficiency (including Microsoft Office and Google drive) and ability to learn new programs. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and student/alumni face-to-face.
WORKING CONDITIONS

General office environment.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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COVID Vaccination Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. For more information go to: https://case.edu/equity/covid-19-accommodations. Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 /[email protected] for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.

Organization

Working at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case Western Reserve is distinguished by its strengths in educationresearch, service and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland's University Circle, we offer nationally recognized programs in the arts and sciencesdental medicineengineeringlawmanagementmedicinenursing and social sciences.

Student enrollment exceeds 9,800 students, forty percent of whom are undergraduatesFacultyand students hail from more than 90 countries, with academic interests that reach every region of the world. Case Western Reserve, with the support of individuals, corporations and foundations, aids nearly 100 designated research centers.

As a service-oriented institution dedicated to civic leadership, Case Western Reserve seeks individually and collectively to prepare our students to improve the human condition and to direct the benefits of discovery toward a better society. This effort is not limited to the university's classrooms, laboratories, librariesresidence halls and athletic fields, but includes partnerships with many other institutions. We build these partnerships believing that our ability to improve the human condition should begin in our own community.

Case Western Reserve University remains Ohio's top-ranked school among the nation's premier national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the only Ohio institution ranked in the top 50 nationally. We promote a culture of inquiry marked by rigor, creativity, curiosity, innovation, respect, sensitivity and open communication of ideas.

The university supports interdisciplinary partnerships in education and research with numerous faculty holding joint appointments in more than one Case Western Reserve school or department, as well as at neighboring institutions. These relationships launched many of the unique pairings of science, business and liberal arts into the centers and programs that enhance the undergraduate and graduate experience at the university. Our dual degree programs enrich the educational experience for those students who choose to balance the technical requirements of engineering or the sciences with a strong interest in the humanities.

With more than $375 million in research funding annually, the university attracts outstanding undergraduate and graduate students along with renowned faculty whose research has made significant contributions to the way we live and work. Case Western Reserve counts 15 Nobel laureates among our alumni and current and former faculty, including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize.

Our students' experiences in cultural institutions, clinics, social service agencies and industry are not viewed as “extra-curricular,” but create the learning experience that defines a Case Western Reserve education. The university's service programs in the Cleveland Municipal School District have impacted more than 145,000 students with more than 43 signature programs. The university has launched more than 580 community partnerships on the local, national and international levels. Annually the university sponsors Case for Community Day, an event where hundreds of Case Western Reserve employees and students lend their time and talent to targeted community development projects in the Greater Cleveland area.

Our alumni number more than 110,000 and constitute a “who's who” of every profession. Alumni represent one of the university's strongest resources, playing a vital role in campus life through their work as advisors, mentors, friends and advocates.

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