Social Justice Placement Specialist

Nashville, Davidson County
Feb 06, 2014


Vanderbilt Law School is seeking a Social Justice Placement Specialist to enhance entrepreneurial public-interest career opportunities for Vanderbilt Law School students. Provide intensive, specialized counseling and placement services, with a particular focus on preparing law students to compete for post-graduate fellowships and other entrepreneurial public-interest opportunities. Cultivate relationships with fellowship providers, funders, and public-interest employers. Work to enhance Vanderbilt's institutional profile as a source of high-quality candidates for entry-level positions in the public-interest sector.
The Social Justice Placement Specialist is three-quarters time position, working under the supervision of the Vanderbilt Law School's Social Justice Program Director(s) and in close coordination with Career Services.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Assist in developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan that will advance the goals and objectives of the Law School's Social Justice Program as it relates to entrepreneurial public-interest career opportunities.
  • Assist in the overall management and development of fellowship-related services for law students and recent alumni.
  • Evaluate current efforts and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Create a marketing strategy to aid in developing an institutional brand of nurturing young public-interest lawyers.
  • Develop communication strategies aimed at increasing student awareness of and participation in fellowships and other entrepreneurial public-interest career opportunities.
Oversee the development of effective relationships and partnerships with local, regional, and national funders and public-interest employers to facilitate full-time placement.
  • Conduct employer outreach efforts to expand current recruitment and employment opportunities in the fellowship and entrepreneurial public-interest sector for Vanderbilt law students and recent alumni.
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with public-interest organizations, funders, and fellowship providers to identify and develop employment opportunities.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness in expansion of fellowship and other entrepreneurial career opportunities.
Lead and manage career counseling services to law students and recent alumni in the fellowship and entrepreneurial public-interest sector.
  • Manage individual and group career coaching and programming including career planning, assessment tools, and workshops.
  • Assist students in choosing externship and pro bono work that will build strategically toward public-interest fellowship and entrepreneurial employment opportunities.
  • Work closely with students, host organizations, and funders to build winning fellowship and funding applications, including consultation on program design, resume assistance, and interviewing and job search techniques.
  • Keep current on employment trends in the relevant public-interest labor market.
Additional Information:
  • Please provide a CV and a short cover letter describing your relevant work experience, particularly any experience in the public-interest law sector or as a public-interest legal fellow, as well as a brief explanation of your interest in this position.
  • This is a three-quarter time (30 hour), salaried position;  primary work will be done during regular business hours, with flexibility needed for travel and occasional evening/weekend work as business dictates.

Basic Qualifications

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
  • Bachelor's degree required; Juris Doctorate strongly preferred
  • 5 years of relevant experience, particularly in the public-interest law sector, required
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Student counseling and career services experience

Job Academic Support and Student Affairs

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Law School

Organization Law School-Admin Services 124105