The first of its kind in the country, the Master of Science in Law degree (MSL) provides focused, practical business and legal training for STEM professionals interested in careers at the intersection of law, business, and technology. The Director of External Outreach will be responsible for developing a comprehensive program of external partnerships and relationships for the program – to help create career development opportunities for program graduates, to broaden the applicant base and recruit students for the program, and to establish relationships and collaborations with industry, academia, and government that will advance the goals of the program. The Director of External Outreach will also be responsible for collaborating to develop a comprehensive program of career services for the MSL program.
In developing and stewarding relationships with industry, government, educational institutions, international organizations and the entrepreneurship community, the Director of External Outreach must bring to bear a variety of skills, including: business development acumen, communications skills, diplomacy, leadership, self-motivation, strategic thinking, the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, networking, brokering, grant and proposal writing, negotiations, and others. The Director of External Outreach must work effectively and collaboratively with all constituencies, including those internal to the MSL program and the law school, and those throughout the University.
Lead the development and implementation of a cohesive and proactive external affairs strategy for the Law School’s MSL Program. Identify key stakeholders and influencers within companies and organizations and foster relationships to advance awareness of the MSL and related programs.
Partner with companies and organizations to create opportunities for community engagement (e.g. teaching, guest speakers), promote MSL graduates for hiring purposes, and recruit new students for the MSL program.
Serve as an industry expert and facilitate strategic connections with the entrepreneurship community – locally, nationally, and globally – that will create opportunities for programming and partnerships.
Develop relationships with relevant government organizations and agencies (e.g. USPTO, FDA, Mayors’ Commissions, etc.) that will facilitate opportunities for Law-STEM collaborations, MSL instruction, employment of MSL graduates, guest speakers, and programming.
Develop and implement a plan for MSL program expansion internationally. Explore the viability of international programming, locate the most promising international markets, and establish and build international connections around Law-STEM initiatives.
Establish a recruitment plan for MSL students internationally.
Collaborate with the Law School’s marketing team and other leadership to create marketing priorities and materials, as well as an effective brand management plan, that will further the public image and reputation of the MSL Program and related initiatives. This includes use of social media, google, and other online formats.
Incorporate focus on recruitment of groups underrepresented in STEM professions as integral part of outreach efforts.
Work closely with MSL leadership and Alumni Relations and Development to create a plan for alumni engagement and involvement of MSL alums. This may include development of an alumni advisory board, a separate alumni club for MSL grads, ongoing MSL alumni communication and engagement, etc. Oversight of donor stewardship for gifts toward the MSL Program.
Student Services/Career Advancement/Recruitment
Build and foster relationships with business and industry partners to facilitate the hiring of MSL graduates and the recruitment of MSL students.
Create programming that will bring MSL employers to campus to learn about, interview, and hire MSL graduates.
Increase the visibility and viability of the MSL part-time residential program by increasing awareness in the community, attending events, conducting meetings and recruitment sessions, and leveraging marketing and social media assets.
Develop and implement workshops and programs (such as job fairs, panels, on-campus interviewing, mentorships, etc.) that will facilitate students’ job searches and increase external awareness of the MSL program.
Explore international options that will expand the pool of potential MSL students and increase the diversity of employment opportunities for MSL graduates.
Work with the Director of Program Development to develop a comprehensive program of career advising for MSL students that will provide guidance on job search strategies, career development, and employment opportunities.
Continue the development of an internship program for MSL students. Guide and work with students who are engaged in internship activities to ensure experience is aligned with learning and career objectives.
Identify and manage the collection of key statistics for periodic status reports and annual employment report. Present employment statistics and results, strategies, and other major initiatives to key constituencies as needed.
Coordinate and lead educational activities that foster relationships between MSL students and external constituencies.
Conduct research and develop expertise related to the general state of the economy and the law-technology-business interface. Stay abreast of news, trends, and current events that relate to initiatives in this area, including the MSL.
In conjunction with the Law School’s Assistant Dean for External Partnerships, develop custom programming for STEM-related businesses and firms, and also for local STEM professionals who are interested in the Law-STEM topics.
Work collaboratively with relevant offices within the law school, including the ELC, JTIP, the Searle Center, ARD, and others to create ties and coordinate efforts.
Working closely with the Director of Program Development, build relationships with relevant departments and programs at Northwestern University with an eye toward joint activities. Assist in increasing awareness of related programs, establishing connections between programs, recruiting students, and promoting the Law School as a collaborative and valuable resource in the NU community.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Graduate degree in science, engineering, law, medicine, or business, or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and training from which comparable skills can be acquired.
Three to five years of work experience in external relations, corporate relations, career services, student counseling, academic fundraising, program development, or some combination of these or their equivalents.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects and relationships simultaneously.
Ability to manage and analyze data.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to work with employees at all levels of an organization.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
Strong knowledge of STEM employment market.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
JD, MD, MBA, or PhD in science, engineering, or related field.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34010
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.