The Career Development Office at the University of Colorado Law
School encourages applications for a Director for Government and
The primary duties and responsibilities of the Director for
Government and Public Interest are to help students and alumni find
employment and help employers find the right match among our
students and alumni.
The Career Development Office at CU Law contributes to the campus
community by serving as the center of law student and law alumni
career-related activity. The changing job market for law school
graduates has created new challenges and opportunities for this
office. The Director takes the lead in getting in touch with
government and public interest organizations to develop
opportunities for Colorado Law students and graduates. The Director
reports to the Assistant Dean for Career Development.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities.
Who We Are
We are an engaged, diverse, and inclusive community of students,
faculty, staff, and alumni who help one another succeed. Our
selective admissions process keeps our student body small, enabling
our faculty, staff, alumni, and community to invest deeply in each
student’s success. Because we take our responsibility to educate
and train future lawyers very seriously, our curriculum, research
centers, and experiential learning opportunities are designed to
prepare students for success in today’s changing legal
The primary purpose of the Career Development Office is to
facilitate employment of law students. Additional purposes are to
educate students about the breadth of career opportunities for
which a law degree prepares students and the most successful
strategies for pursuing such opportunities, to support the
strategic career development of students and alumni through
counseling, workshops and programs, and to enhance the reputation
of the school and its students.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Government and public interest research and
- Counsel students and recent alumni to identify career areas of
interest regarding specific job search techniques and strategies
and how to apply for public interest/government/non-profit
- Create job search action plans with students and follow up with
students, as needed.
- Counsel students on basic/advanced skills and strategies for
effective resume and cover letter preparation, successful
interviewing, purposeful and constructive networking, and other
skills essential for a successful job search. Review and critique
resumes, cover letters, and other student-created documents.
- Counsel and support alumni regarding career transitions and
- Report progress and issues relating to career counseling in the
public sector, private sector and alternative career areas to the
Assistant Dean at each weekly staff meeting.
- Research, identify, and keep current on government and public
interest sector employers and employment opportunities.
- Assist students in the coordination and presentation of
resume/cover letter workshops with special emphasis on preparation
to submit application materials to public sector/public interest
- Create CDOnline resource materials such as a Public Interest
Directory and a Government Employers Directory.
- Advertise appropriate government and public interest employment
listings culled from national sources such as the University of
Arizona Government Honors Handbook, Presidential Management Fellows
program, Equal Justice Works fellowships, PSJD, etc.
- Coordinate public sector career panels, Lunch and Learns, and
- Work with officers of public interest-related student groups,
such as the Public Interest Student Association to promote
workshops event, and applications for summer fellowships
- Manage the Annual CU/DU Government and Public Interest Career
- Manage the Spring On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program, as unlike
Fall OCI the employer participants are more likely to be in the
government and public interest sectors.
Administration and oversight of public service funding
- Conduct ongoing employer outreach (primarily through phone and
email with occasional in-person visits) and establish strong
professional relationships with employers, particularly government
and public interest employers.
- Promote students to employers; cultivate contacts among
employers and provide students with contacts for formal and
informational interviews; solicit job opportunities for postings on
CDOnline from employers and, as often as possible, match students
and employers; maintain continuous contact with students and alumni
regarding employment opportunities.
- Attend meetings, receptions, and other events related to areas
- Attend the annual Equal Justice Works Public Interest
Conference in Washington, D.C., which includes attending the public
interest programs, meeting and networking with national public
interest employers, serving as a liaison between Colorado Law
students and potential employers, and reporting new information,
ideas and contacts to the Assistant Dean.
- Represent the Career Development Office and the Law School in
the community by maintaining active bar association memberships
with local bar associations.
- Report steps, progress and issues relating to government and
public interest sector outreach to the Assistant Dean at each
weekly staff meeting.
- Manage and administer diversity hiring initiatives related to
government and public interest employers, including the Public
Interest Diversity Internship Program.
- Manage the selection process for summer Public Service
Fellowships, including publicizing availability, coordinating
application receipt and review (with committee involvement where
appropriate), providing notices, and coordinating with
What You Should Know
- Monitor the Career Development Office website to create and
update all government, public interest, and alternative career
sections of the website.
- Actively participate in contacting graduates to compile and
report graduate employment statistics and maintain information
regarding the current employment status of students.
- Respond to inquiries from prospective students as requested by
the Admissions Office.
- Maintain a social media presence for the Career Development
- Provide assistance to Office colleagues in their primary
responsibilities, as needed.
What We Can Offer
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine
requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
- The position will work in a hybrid modality with 3 days a week
in person and 2 days remote.
- Annual salary range is $70,000- $80,000. Onboarding assistance
is available within Colorado Law guidelines.
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Juris Doctorate and minimum of one experience in legal
practice, career counseling or related work.
- Equivalent combination of education and experience may
substitute (e.g. a Master's degree and two years of related work,
What We Would Like You To Have
- Knowledge of the various aspects of the recent law school
graduate job search.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and
excellent organizational skills.
- Ability to motivate and prepare students for the job search,
including encouraging purposeful career planning, and promoting
students to potential employers.
- Must be thorough, good with follow-through, and able to manage
multiple projects in a fast-paced work environment.
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a team and
with numerous diverse constituencies.
- Ability to take an energetic and creative approach to
identifying professional development trends.
- Excellent supervisory, interpersonal, counseling, and
- Demonstrated maturity, energy, initiative, professionalism,
attention to detail, ability to follow through, positive demeanor,
and an understanding of the critical importance of confidentiality
are absolutely essential.
- Ability to be creative, supportive, and thoughtful in
problem-solving while considering diverse perspectives.
- Ability to promote an inclusive environment which reflects the
broad diversity and backgrounds represented by law school students,
staff, faculty, and community members.
- A Juris Doctor degree.
- Experience counseling and marketing law students and/or
- Experience creating effective job search strategies for law
students in the current job market.
- Experience with web-based legal career research systems, social
media, and ways of applying technology to be as efficient and
effective as possible.
- A network of connections in Colorado and elsewhere that can be
accessed to assist students in finding employment.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume/CV.
- A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background
and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and
responsibilities of the position.
We may request references at a later time.
Please apply by December 12, 2022
: Application materials will not be accepted via
email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs
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