Assistant Director of Career Services

Posted: May 10, 2022

University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, FL

Summary of Position

The Assistant Director, Career Services assists in the management of operations for the career services functions in assigned department(s). Further, the Assistant Director, Career Services assists in coordinating job search and placement opportunities for students. Moreover, the incumbent provides mentorship, training, and development to department staff to ensure work is performed accurately and efficiently.

Education Required: JD
Years of Experience Required: 2

Additional Information

CORE JOB FUNCTIONS                                                                                                     

Assists department in achieving targeted minimum placement rates. Provides academic guidance and assists students in their job-seeking efforts. Cultivates and maintains relationships with prospective employers. Verifies continuous employment for graduates in accordance with applicable guidelines. Maintains a database of employment possibilities and resource library. Ensures that student support activities and resources are available for students. Makes recommendations and implements institutional policies, procedures, and guidelines affecting academic placement and transfers. Establishes and continuously assesses the effectiveness of the internal controls within the unit and compliance with University policies and procedures.  Ensures employees are trained on controls within the function and on University policy and procedures.

Reports to:  Assistant Dean, Career Services

Responsibilities:

60% Career Counselor for students and alumni

  • Maintain daily counseling appointments available to students.
  • Regularly meet with students to discuss job search strategies, potential career paths, specific career opportunities and job openings, job search resources, correct protocol for dealing with employers, salary issues and a variety of other job-related issues.
  • Counsel students regarding resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking techniques. Review resumes, cover letters and other correspondence.
  • Present workshops on various topics related to job search techniques and current market trends.
  • Conduct mock interviews; evaluate and analyze the students’ performance during the interviews and provide constructive feedback to the students.
  • Create programming and identify job opportunities for students in specialized areas of study.
  • Collect and accurately report graduate employment data as required by the American Bar Association.

30% Law Student and Alumni Professional Development

  • Assist with the day-to-day operation of the Third-Year Law Student (“3L”) Professional Development Plan by conducting professional practice interviews, aiding students in developing individual professional development plans and assisting with the compiling of collected data. 
  • Assist with the day-to-day operation of the Fall and Spring On Campus Interview Programs.  Support Associate Director in managing program and handling student issues, and Employer Relations Coordinator in solving and dealing with employer issues.
  • Develop and implement spring orientation of first-year law students.
  • Develop and conduct career programming for students and alumni.
  • Attend alumni and bar association functions to create networks with local attorneys.
  • Mentor Peer Advisors by providing guidance on advising students, reviewing resumes and cover letters, and conducting workshops.
  • Collaborate with various law school programs and offices, faculty, student leaders, student organizations, bar associations and others to create and support career and professional development programming for law students.
  • Manage, promote, and utilize CDO listservs.
  • Maintain active membership in the South Florida Association for Law Placement and The Association for Legal Professionals, including attending NALP’s annual conference.

10% Office Administration

  • Perform other duties including indirect supervision of student workers and special projects assigned by the assistant dean.

Education/Experience: 

J.D. degree and minimum 2 years relevant work experience in legal field preferred. Considerable understanding of legal/judicial system. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Demonstrate integrity, dependability, sound judgment, teambuilding, and resourcefulness to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with multiple diverse constituency groups. 

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Knowledge of business and management principles.
  • Ability to direct, manage, implement, and evaluate department operations.
  • Ability to establish department goals, and objectives that support the strategic plan.
  • Ability to effectively plan, delegate and/or supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, develop, and train others

How to Apply

For more information, visit https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UMCareerStaff/details/Assistant-Director--Career-Services_R100051536-1?q=R100051536 or email Assistant Dean Amy Perez at aperez@law.miami.edu.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled