Assistant Director of Professional Develoment

Posted: September 30, 2021

University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA

Summary of Position

Assistant Director of Professional Development – Requisition No. 194133

The Assistant Director of Professional Development is an important leader within the Office of Student and Career Services (SCS) at the UW School of Law (UW Law). UW Law’s mission is to serve and educate students to be leaders who are deeply committed to creating a fair, just and vibrant society, locally and globally. SCS is the central hub for career-related and professional development events and programming, career coaching, academic advising, pro bono services, and leadership development at UW Law. SCS strives to empower students to pursue careers across the full spectrum of opportunities and to make public service, equity, and inclusion an integral feature of their professional lives.

Education Required: JD
Years of Experience Required: 4

Additional Information


• J.D. degree.
• A minimum of 4 years working as an attorney, with a preference for at least some private sector (e.g., law firm or corporate legal department) employment.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


• Knowledge of law-related career paths, hiring practices, and professional norms and expectations.
• Demonstrated project or program management experience.
• Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
• Excellent interpersonal and oral, written, presentation, and communication skills, particularly in the public speaking and presentation context.
• Ability to work as part of a team and exhibit skills such as diplomacy, tact, discretion, and interest in collaboration; positive attitude is a must.
• Ability to work independently, problem-solve, take initiative, and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends; must be willing to travel.


• Familiarity with the Washington legal job market.
• Previous experience in more than one legal sector (e.g., non-profit and law firm)
• Previous experience in recruiting, career counseling, marketing, workshop planning or higher education administration.
• Previous experience in online marketing and facility with generating newsletters, marketing materials, and programmatic communications.
• Demonstrated social networking experience and knowledge of online marketing.
• Experience with or knowledge of non-JD graduate legal education, international student concerns and challenges, and JD-Advantage job opportunities.

How to Apply

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled