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The Assistant Director of Professional Development is an important leader within the Office of Student and Career Services (SCS) at the UW School of Law (UW Law). UW Law’s mission is to serve and educate students to be leaders who are deeply committed to creating a fair, just and vibrant society, locally and globally. SCS is the central hub for career-related and professional development events and programming, career coaching, academic advising, pro bono services, and leadership development at UW Law. SCS strives to empower students to pursue careers across the full spectrum of opportunities and to make public service, equity, and inclusion an integral feature of their professional lives.
As part of SCS, the Assistant Director of Professional Development will provide specialized career coaching and academic advising to law students and alumni. The Assistant Director of Professional Development will leverage a depth of knowledge, skills, and expertise in or related to legal education and the legal market necessary to: provide customized career coaching, advice, strategy and support to law students and alumni; develop effective working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and employers; and create and facilitate programming and events involving diverse stakeholders.
The Assistant Director of Professional Development is a key public-facing role in SCS responsible for building connections with individual lawyers, law firms, corporate legal departments, non-profit organizations, judges, government agencies, professional organizations, and other potential employers. The individual in this position must have a professional demeanor, have knowledge of the concerns, requirements, hiring procedures, and professional expectations of legal employers, particularly private-sector employers, and must also understand the changing challenges and opportunities for students, legal education, the legal profession, and the larger community. The position requires a compassionate, supportive, and mentor-focused disposition.
The individual in this position must make independent decisions and recommendations in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, high-pressure environment and may supervise or oversee the work of one or more staff.
Advising and Coaching
• Provide career coaching, mentoring, and academic advising to students and alumni, providing a tailored approach based on familiarity with legal market hiring and professional norms and expectations.
• Lead, plan, manage, and participate in trainings, programming, presentations, panels, workshops, career fairs, and other events related to professional development and career opportunities.
• Develop and facilitate student and alumni networking opportunities, including through partnerships with employers, professional organizations, affinity groups, faculty, staff, student organizations, and other campus units.
• Develop resources and tools to facilitate career search and professional development.
• Facilitate and support collaboration and community within the law school, across the wider university, and with external stakeholders.
• Market the law school, students, and graduates to local, regional, national, and international employers to develop additional employment opportunities.
• Partner and maintain regular communication with the law school’s graduate and specialty program staff, externship director, and other student services offices.
• Foster relationships with the legal community and partner with state and local bar associations to increase engagement with the law school and law students.
• Maintain and support professional relationships between SCS and employers.
• Increase breadth and depth of employment opportunities and recruiting employers, particularly in the private sector.
• Develop, implement, and manage programs and events that support networking and programming in the areas of professional development and career services, including, for example, mentorship programs and networking events.
• Position will carry out short-term and long-term strategic planning and make recommendations regarding program changes with measurable outcomes.
General Administrative Support
• Carry-out administrative tasks as assigned.
• J.D. degree.
• A minimum of 4 years working as an attorney, with a preference for at least some private sector (e.g., law firm or corporate legal department) employment.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Knowledge of law-related career paths, hiring practices, and professional norms and expectations.
• Demonstrated project or program management experience.
• Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
• Excellent interpersonal and oral, written, presentation, and communication skills, particularly in the public speaking and presentation context.