Associate Director of Career Services

Posted: May 10, 2022

University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, FL

Summary of Position

The Associate Director, Career Services provides guidance in areas of personal and professional development for students in the assigned program(s) and facilities. Moreover, the Associate Director, Career Services oversees the planning, development, and administration of career and employment assistance programs for students.

Education Required: Bachelor’s
Education Preferred: JD
Years of Experience Required: 4

Additional Information

Core Job Description:

  • Partners with local organizations to develop employment, internship, or co-op opportunities for students and alumni.  

  • Oversees the management and dissemination of current information regarding educational opportunities and community mentor initiatives.

  • Provides individual counseling to students and graduates regarding career planning and job searches, including self-assessment, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, professional skills development, and career research and options.

  • Creates and presents variety of career programs and workshops.

  • Plans events to facilitate networking opportunities with employers and build networking skills for students.

  • Assists with the collection and reporting of information, statistics, and data on an ongoing basis and for various annual reports.  

  • Serves as liaison to student organizations and faculty members.

  • Participates in the creation of handouts, marketing materials, and other resources.

  • Contributes to the long-range planning and goals of the department.

  • 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.

Department Specific Responsibilities:

Career Counselor for J.D. students

  • Maintain daily counseling appointments available to J.D. 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 J.D. 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.

Liaison to Domestic LL.M. Programs and Advisor to Domestic LL.M. Students

  • Serve as liaison to domestic LL.M. programs:  Taxation, Estate Planning, and Real Property Development.  Maintain regular communication with program directors.

  • Provide advising to domestic LL.M. students regarding resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking techniques. Review resumes, cover letters and other correspondence.

  • Identify and promote employment opportunities targeting domestic LL.M. students; ensure timely communication of opportunities to students and facilitate smooth application processes. 

  • Assist with coordination of and attend programming for domestic LL.M. students including employment related lectures, new student orientations, and job fairs. 

  • Maintain data on employment outcomes for domestic LL.M. students and alumni.

Recruitment and Marketing

  • 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.

  • Assist with the administration of regional and national job fairs.  Promote job fairs to students, coordinate registration, and attend job fairs as required.

  • Attend alumni and bar association functions to create networks with local attorneys.

  • 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.

  • Maintain active membership in the South Florida Association for Law Placement and The Association for Legal Professionals, including attending NALP’s annual conference.

Office Administration:

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

Education/Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree. J.D. Degree preferred.

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience. Must possess considerable understanding of legal/judicial system. Experience working with J.D. students required and experience working with LL.M. students preferred. Any relevant education, certifications and/or work experience may be considered.

  • 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/Assoc-Director--Career-Services_R100056118?q=R100056118 or email Assistant Dean Amy Perez at aperez@law.miami.edu.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled