Director Externships & Career Services

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036951 Department Code 21701-2100 Department Law College-Dean Job Title Director Externships & Career Services Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level 06 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Working with the Assistant Dean, but with limited supervision, the Director will provide day-to-day leadership over the operations of the College of Law Career Development Department. This person will help build, implement, and maintain a robust Career Services office for all students at the College. The Director will lead the Externship program and advise on special opportunities such as clerkships and pro Bono placements. The Director will cultivate placements and externship and career opportunities; plan and implement student programming; develop a resource library; advise students individually or in groups. The incumbent will supervise staff in the department and provide oversight for department administrative and budget needs.


- JD required.
- Significant experience in related areas (higher education, human resources, legal recruiting, etc.)
- Goal-oriented self-starter who can identify objectives and develop and coordinate strategies to meet them.

Job Specific Qualifications

- Well-developed organizational, inter-personal communication and problem-solving skills
- Ability to handle sensitive, confidential information and exercise good judgment and discretion
- Experience working in a busy, fast paced environment
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects, work independently, use initiative, and make decisions quickly
- Willingness to work outside normal business hours, including weekends and evenings as needed
- Knowledge of University policies, procedures and systems


Student Placement Leadership:
- Develop a vision, mission, and goals for the Externship program, and provide leadership and creative thinking to promote and grow placement opportunities for students.
- Work with all Law students, both residential and online, to identify legal practice interested and match with appropriate externship placements; provide related career guidance; supervise staff providing same services.
- Connect students with alumni and other potential mentors.
- Advise law students in areas including interviews, networking, traditional and non-traditional opportunities, etc.
- Evaluate the programmatic needs of students, and implement efficient and creative methods of delivery, including creating a virtual resource library.

Development of Placement Opportunities:
- Work with the Assistant Dean and the External Affairs department to identify, develop and maintain alumni and other high quality externship placement opportunities for Law students
- Lead expansion of experiential learning programs, including externships, judicial clerkships, pro bono opportunities, etc., for both residential and online students. This will include working with placements around the Unites States and internationally.
- Plan and participate in on- and off-campus Career networking and alumni events

Operations Management:
- Coordinate data collection, assist with accreditation reporting requirements
- Manage continuous program improvement efforts
- Supervise performance of direct reports, including creating job descriptions and hiring
- Work with budget, facilities, IT, etc. to meet the operating needs of the department

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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