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Director, Externships and Pro Bono Programs

Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Program Administration
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Four-Year Institution
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Director, Externships and Pro Bono ProgramsSchool/Division:Maurice A. Deane School of LawOffice:Department of Academic AffairsFull-Time or Part-Time:Full-TimeAbout HofstraHofstra University is a nationally ranked and recognized private university in Hempstead, N.Y. that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). At Hofstra, students get the best of both worlds. Our campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities. We offer small classes and personal attention, with the resources, technology and facilities of a large university. Students can choose from more than 160 undergraduate program options and 165 graduate program options in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions and human services, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law, the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Hofstra University is a dynamic community of more than 11,000 students from around the world who are dedicated to civic engagement, academic excellence and becoming leaders in their communities and their careers.Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body. We especially encourage women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities to apply.Description:Hofstra Law has a diverse array of experiential educational programs and projects that supplement the School’s curriculum. Through in-house clinics, externships, skills courses, and pro bono projects, these experiential opportunities promote the development of our students’ lawyering and professional skills, paving the way for the transition from law school to the workplace.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs has primary responsibility for the design and development of innovative student learning opportunities in the experiential setting, assessment of existing programs, advising and orienting students, overseeing and facilitating assignment to programs and offsite locations, maintaining regular communication with students and program heads and budget management.

The Director’s specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•Ensure compliance with all ABA standards pertaining to experiential and field placement courses.
•Engage in significant outreach to the legal community to foster connections and develop partnerships for pro bono projects and field placements.
•Approve all field placements and develop new field placement opportunities for students.
•Review and enhance existing placements, including site visits.
•Advise students of the NYS Pro Bono Requirement and assist students in satisfying their hours.
•Assist students in identifying and developing their goals prior to and during the course of their externships.
•Advise students in selecting externship opportunities and planning for participation in the various experiential opportunities
•Oversee and advise student leaders of existing student pro bono projects and assist with identification of faculty advisors.
•Work closely with the Academic Affairs Dean and the faculty Curriculum Committee to ensure appropriate faculty coverage and critical integration of all experiential courses within the overall academic program.
•Work closely with the Offices of Student Affairs and Career Services to create enhanced methods for effective counseling of students regarding the role that experiential programs play in their legal education and professional development.
•Work with the Communications Department to develop a coordinated communications strategy, both internally and externally, regarding the strength of our experiential programs.
•Work with community organizations and leaders to develop new pro bono projects that will serve as effective extra-curricular experiences designed to enhance their overall professional development as lawyers who will make an impact in the community at large.
•Develop training materials and provide training to field supervisors.
•Monitor, review and update, as needed, existing policies and procedures relating to externship experiences.
•If desired, teach or co-teach the seminar portion of the externships.

•Juris Doctor.
•Experience in administration and/or management in education.
•Strong organizational and interpersonal skills to interact effectively and professionally with the Law School’s key stakeholders—students, faculty, administrators, alumni and employers.
•Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours and engage in limited travel as required.
•Administration and/or teaching in law school experiential programs, including clinical, externship, and/or lawyering skills courses.
Application Instructions:For consideration, please send a resume and cover letter to Laura Lanzillotta, Director of Administrative Services, at [email protected] Please include “Director of Externships and Pro Bono Programs” in the subject line. The deadline for submission is December 20, 2021.Voluntary Self-IdentificationAll applicants are invited to complete the three (3) voluntary self-identification formsDeadline:Open until filledDate Posted: 01/12/2021Posting Number: 897768-21


Working at Hofstra University

Hofstra University is a dynamic private university where students will benefit from large-university resources and thrive within a small college atmosphere.  At Hofstra, students can choose from 155 undergraduate and 170 graduate program options within the Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University and Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University; Hofstra University Continuing Education; Honors College; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Maurice A. Deane School of Law; School of Education; School of Engineering and Applied Science; and School of Health Professions and Human Services. Students also benefit from small classes (student-to-faculty ratio of 13-to-1 and an average undergraduate class size of just 21 students), flexible schedules, and close proximity to the cultural and networking aspects of New York City.

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