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Assistant Dean of Career Services and Professional Development

Columbia Law School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Executive, Other Executive
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Assistant Dean of Career Services and Professional Development

Office of Career Services and Professional Development

Columbia Law School


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Professional Advancement, Graduate Degrees, and Executive Education, the Assistant Dean will provide strategic leadership for Columbia Law School’s Office of Career Services and Professional Development (OCS), which develops and executes curricula, programming, and events for law students and alumni interested in careers in the private sector and is one of the Law School’s most visible offices. The incumbent will also serve as the Law School’s [chief] private sector employer liaison and will assume a major role in decision making and policy formulation for the career service office.



Strategic Leadership

Create and execute annual, comprehensive strategic plans for all key facets of the office’s work. Such plans must be informed by, among other things, data relating to evolutions in private sector law practice, legal education, technology, the delivery of legal services and generational demographics and mindset. More specifically, the incumbent will create strategic plans and take the actions described below in execution thereof, along with any other necessary actions:


  • Private Sector Employer Engagement
    1. Regularly meet with employers who participate in recruiting events at Columbia Law School (CLS) to:
      • Share data with respect to their on-campus reputation, year-over-year performance, involvement in CLS life, etc.;
      • Recommend actions they can take to achieve their goals vis-à-vis CLS students; and
      • Provide updates with respect to innovations and/or changes in faculty, curricular offerings, and other relevant CLS or Columbia University (CU) initiatives.
    2. Cultivate relationships with new employers, and develop and pitch new employment opportunities (including summer internships) in emerging practice areas and in private, non–law firm practice settings that will interest a new generation of lawyers.
    3. Serve as a liaison between private sector employers and the Director of Externships with respect to efforts to develop new externship opportunities.
    4. Update and make available to employers best practice guides for engaging with CLS students and alumni, including as such engagement may be modified due to changes in employment law, CU or CLS guidelines, etc.


  • Job Interview Programs
    1. Oversee the administration of all aspects of the Early Interview Program, the Fall and Spring On-Campus Interview programs, the International LL.M. Job Fair, and all related practice interview programs (both in-person and virtual); and
    2. In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Professional Advancement, Graduate Degrees, and Executive Education, select appropriate vendors for the execution of such programs, including related data management systems.


  • Career and Professional Development
    1. Sustain and develop best practices for individualized career counseling for JD and LL.M. students and alumni;
    2. Develop and execute a professional development curriculum, including programs with employers across a broad range of private sector practices and practice settings, career symposia, conferences, panel discussions, networking opportunities;
    3. Collaborate closely with the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative, the Reuben Mark Initiative, CLS Clinics and Centers, and similar programs at CLS and CU to provide students and alumni with leadership growth opportunities and introductions to business and legal leaders;
    4. In collaboration with Social Justice Initiatives (SJI), the Office of Judicial Clerkships (OJC), the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, the International Programs Office, the Admissions Office, the Student and Registration Services Office, the Experiential Learning Office, and the Alumni and Development Office, coordinate participation in various programs, workshops, and other activities (including admitted students events, orientations, graduations, and reunions) to provide wrap-around service for students; and
    5. Maintain a rich, on-demand library of resources for JD and LL.M. students and alumni, including through Symplicity, CourseWorks, and Campus Groups, and collaborations with industry organizations, bar associations, periodicals, etc. to supplement career and professional development programming and activities.


  • Administration
    • Oversee the hiring of OCS staff, including temporary employees, bearing in mind CLS’s commitment to hiring a diverse and talented staff
    • Oversee the work of the OCS staff by holding regular staff meetings to develop initiatives and office goals, monitor workflow, give and solicit feedback, establish deadlines and office policies in line with broader CU and CLS policies or guidance, etc.
    • Mentor and supervise directly the work of the Director of Career Advising and the Director of Alumni and International Career Services
    • Facilitate staff participation in workshops and other activities that strengthen cultural competencies and provide exposure to evolutions in legal practice, international business, technology, generational mindset, etc.
    • Facilitate the professional development and growth of each OCS staff member through (i) regular individual engagement; (ii) assignments within ad hoc CLS committees and working groups; (iii) supporting conference attendance and participation in internal and external networking events/activities; and (iv) in consultation with each staff member, providing opportunities for leadership development and other relevant professional growth
    • Manage the annual OCS budget
    • Serve on the Student Affairs Committee and other committees/working groups as assigned by the Dean of the Law School and/or Associate Dean for Professional Advancement, Graduate Degree Programs, and Executive Education

  • Data-Tracking, Analysis and Reporting
    • Create and maintain systems and oversee the utilization of databases/technologies to track employment statistics (both summer and postgraduate) for all CLS JD students, and coordinate with the relevant staff in SJI and OJC to compile such statistics
    • Prepare required annual reports for the American Bar Association, National Association of Law Placement, US News and World Report, and other internal and external bodies, as requested
    • Use data analytics to shape strategic planning and overall office operations
    • Prepare and present annual reports/updates as well as specially requested reports/updates for the Dean and Associate Dean for Professional Advancement, Graduate Degree Programs, and Executive Education


  • Other
    • Undertake special projects and responsibilities as needed by the Associate Dean for Professional Advancement, Graduate Degree Programs and Executive Education



    JD or equivalent graduate degree plus a minimum of 8–10 years of relevant experience in legal practice, in law school administration, or in a professional environment characterized by complex demands, large workloads, deadline pressures, diverse constituents, and high client/student expectations. Experience with digital learning and recruiting standards and tools preferred. Demonstrated ability to work well with highly accomplished industry leaders and sophisticated legal employers required.


    Required Competencies:

    • Superior oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with staff and students in an institution committed to reducing structural barriers to equality across races, religions, orientations, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and other dimensions of identity
    • Demonstrated ability to manage a team effectively, including providing clear direction, training, feedback and mentoring, capacity-building, and opportunities for professional growth; and cultivating a strong and positive group dynamic
    • Experience managing resources and working with technology vendors
    • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive and highly confidential information
    • Knowledge of or strong interest in understanding compliance standards related to recruiting, admissions, and student engagement in the law school context
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated capacity to advise and meaningfully and respectfully interact with diverse, multigenerational constituents
    • Demonstrated ability to create and execute strategic plans with minimal supervision
    • Affinity for collaboration and ability to work well across all levels of an organization
    • Ability to leverage work experience and professional network to develop meaningful relationships
    • Ability to multitask and be part of a collegial team, while working under pressure and balancing competing tasks
    • Organizational and analytical skills and the ability to synthesize and meaningfully evaluate data
    • Technological and computer literacy, including familiarity with or strong interest in developing knowledge of Symplicity, Campus Groups, CourseWorks, and digital learning technology
    • A passion for, and commitment to, delivering exceptional customer service
    • Ability to travel occasionally and work some evenings and weekends


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    Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer / disability / veteran and is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.


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