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Assistant Director - Career Services, School of Law
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Required Education: Bachelor’s
Salary: Commensurate w/experience
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 10-728
Inspired by the School of Law’s mission and vision statements, the primary purpose of the Career Services Office (CSO) is to provide guidance to law students regarding career planning, job search strategy, and professional development. To that end, the CSO provides individualized career counseling and application document review, creates effective and timely programming and networking opportunities, understands the nuances of various practice areas and practice settings, publishes and organizes recruitment opportunities, engages with alumni, and develops and maintains relationships with employers within the Pittsburgh legal community and beyond. In addition, the Career Services Office provides similar support to recent graduates and alumni who seek assistance with their career and professional development. The Career Services Office is responsible for collecting, documenting, analyzing, and reporting employment outcomes data to external organizations, such as the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News, in addition to other administrative responsibilities.
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Duties and Responsibilities
In concert and collaboration with the Director of Career Services, the primary purpose is as follows:
The Assistant Director will provide counseling and programming to law students during their last year of law school that includes discussions about post-graduate career objectives and job search strategy, review of application documents, and development of professional skills. The Assistant Director will continue to advise recent graduates, as well as other alumni as requested.
The Assistant Director will engage in outreach with employers in the Pittsburgh legal market and other geographic locations, as identified by students’ interests and as informed by the CSO’s employment outcomes goals and strategies.
The Assistant Director will assist with the collection, documentation, analysis, and reporting of graduate employment outcomes.
The Assistant Director will represent the Career Services Office and the School of Law in the Pittsburgh legal community, at law alumni events, and in associations such as NALP, the Pittsburgh City Group, and POWER.
The Assistant Director will have a particular focus on post-graduate employment counseling and employer outreach, both of which should elevate the School of Law’s employment outcomes.
Provides oversight on all the School’s operating budgets totaling over $500,000. Reviews quarterly budgets with all operating units to ensure operating activity is accurate, appropriate, and in line with the annual budget plan. Manages the summer budget. Monitors and manages all non-labor accounts and discretionary funds; including resource funds, overhead, endowments, and scholarship accounts. Manages joint affiliation payments/deposits. Manages scholarship funds. Reviews and approves Unimarket purchases. Manages computer purchases for the School, including budgeting and purchasing.
Career Counseling: Counsel students during their 3L/4E/4P year as they prepare to graduate and immediately after they graduate and take a bar exam, as necessary. Work with the students to develop a strategic and targeted job search plan that they will employ throughout their last year of law school and continue with after graduating and taking the bar exam. Develop programs and resources that address post-graduation job search strategies, as well as encourage individual meetings and communication with the students.
Employer Outreach: Develop and maintain relationships with traditional and non-traditional legal employers, such as law firms, corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, judicial chambers, and educational institutions, in order to foster recruitment opportunities. Create employment opportunities in two distinct categories: those that require bar passage and those where the Juris Doctor degree is an advantage to the position. Coordinate and assist with recruitment events, including the Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview (OCI) Programs and Legal Career Fair.
Employment Outcomes: Assist with the data collection, documentation, analysis, and submission of employment outcomes reported to the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News on an annual basis.
Programming: In addition to specific programs for graduating students as addressed above, assist with the development, implementation, and presentation of programs and networking events for students throughout the academic year and during summer months.
Technology: Understand and use the career services management software, currently 12Twenty. This includes creating customized reports in order to inform outreach efforts, posting jobs and recruitment information, collecting counseling notes, and advertising programs and events.
Assist with website and social media content.
Perform other duties as assigned. Evening and weekend hours required.
At least 5 years relevant work experience
Work experience that involves strong interpersonal and communication skills required.
Employee must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, organizational and planning skills, problem-solving skills. Must have the ability to exercise good judgment. Must be able to work in a professional manner with students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff. Must have ability to create a welcoming and supportive environment for students. Must be willing to be flexible and adapt to a fast-paced work environment. Must have or be willing to build relevant professional knowledge, including knowledge of traditional and non-traditional legal employment opportunities, practice areas, employment settings, and hiring methods. Must be able to set goals, establish priorities, and work on simultaneous assignments. Must be forward-thinking and open to continuous learning. Must be willing to learn and use various software and technology, including 12Twenty career services management software.
At least 1-3 years relevant work experience
Work experience that involves prior career services, recruiting, or legal marketing experience preferred.
Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (http://www.hercjobs.org/oh-western-pa-wv/).
We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting http://www.duq.edu/about/mission-and-identity/mission-statement. Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.
Duquesne University, a private, Catholic institution, prides itself on being mission-centered and mission-driven. Our employees contribute to our culture of academic excellence and our mission of serving God by serving students. In turn, they enjoy a supportive working environment that values individual talents, encourages teamwork and rewards accomplishments.
A nationally ranked top-tier university, Duquesne has established a legacy of excellence in liberal and professional education. Our 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows our students to work closely with expert faculty. Duquesne has also won accolades and recognition among the nation’s top 20 small research schools for our research initiatives and faculty productivity.
Situated on a 50-acre campus within the city, Duquesne provides a small-town feel in an urban setting. The Pittsburgh region offers a variety of cultural, education and professional opportunities, as well as a safe and affordable lifestyle.
We strive to attract, recruit and retain a dynamic, diverse workforce. Our employees benefit from an array of campus resources that provide convenience and cost savings, including a variety of dining options, a full-ser...vice Starbucks, a retail bank and credit union, a fitness center and year-round wellness programs and onsite parking. Employees also may take advantage of the many educational, cultural and sporting events sponsored by the university.
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