Assistant Dean for Career Services - 22752BR

Assistant Dean for Career Services

Department: 
Law Administration
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
On-Site
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The mission of the Office of Career Services is to assist students and alumni in their professional development by acquainting them with the range of career paths open to them, providing information on specific job opportunities, maintaining and expanding relationships with existing employers, identifying and establishing relationships with new employers, and working with students and graduates to enhance their job search skills and level pf professionalism. The Assistant Dean is responsible for the implementation of this mission through the administration and management of the office and through long-term strategic planning. This includes monitoring and anticipating employment trends, assessing needs of students and alumni, setting goals for the office and devising innovative programming to maximize success of students. The Assistant Dean is also responsible for tracking and reporting employment information to the American Bar Association and other regulators.

Job Description

Employment Opportunities (30%)
Serve as the liaison between prospective employers, students and alumni by gathering information about job openings, posting notices and advertising positions to students and alumni through our website and periodic mailings. Manage on-line presentation of job postings using career services office management software. Oversee the on-campus and off campus interview process in the fall and spring semesters. Track, collect and prepare statistical information on summer employment and postgraduate employment for reporting to various entities including the National Association for Law Placement, American Bar Association, and U.S. News, as well as prospective students and employers who request information. Manage and maintain employment protocols established by the ABA and assist with the preparation of accreditation reports. Analyze data and prepare transparent reports and statistics for publication online and elsewhere.

Student Counseling/Programming/Resources (30%)
Counsel students and alumni on career search strategies including resume and cover letter writing, interviewing techniques and direct students to appropriate career planning resources. Moderate panels and conduct workshops and programs throughout the year on career related topics. Maintain library of materials relating to job search strategies, legal practice areas and other career related opportunities. Develop, write and oversee creation of career service handbook, and other career related brochures and handouts. Provide students with information on career fairs, bar related events, and other opportunities to interview, develop professionalism, and expand their networks. Promote availability of public interest employment and fellowship opportunities. Support programing for students interested in practicing in smaller communities, and the employers in those communities. Advise prospective students about placement rates, job opportunities, and the means employed by the school to support students and alumni. Oversee the career services homepage to ensure that information for students, prospective students, employers and alumni is current.

Alumni/Employer Outreach (25%)
Conduct outreach to potential employers to help develop access to job markets of interest to students, including legal, non-traditional and non-law jobs. Make regular recruiting trips to local and regional employers to establish and solidify working relationships. Participate as an active member of bar associations, professional associations and other similar entities, including the Kansas City Legal Recruiters Association. Cultivate working relationships with alumni to find those seeking to hire students or graduates. Identify alumni and others willing to serve as mentors, references and advisors to students and other graduates. Support efforts of local, regional and national bar associations to promote opportunities for students and graduates, including those from diverse groups and backgrounds. Provide support for employers in identifying specific candidates for opportunities, and providing the logistical and administrative support necessary to facilitate their hiring efforts. Work with faculty and other administrators to publicize and create innovative employment and learning opportunities, including field placements with government, non-profit, prosecutorial, defense and other qualifying entities. In all cases, work to increase the quantity and quality of summer, school year, and postgraduate opportunities. Maintain, and, where possible, increase the relative share of opportunities available to KU Law students versus those of competing institutions by promoting the quality of students, including their training and education.

Office Management (15%)
Supervise Director of Career Services and one full-time support staff, establish office policies and procedures, manage and oversee the continuing development of the career services database systems, prepare year-end office reports and perform other such duties as may be assigned by the Dean.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of legal career services, legal recruiting, law practice or other relevant experience OR Master's degree and 4 years of legal career services, legal recruiting, law practice or other relevant experience.
  2. Demonstrated effective written communication skills as evidenced by application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Juris Doctor degree.
  2. Demonstrated organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and juggle priorities.
  3. Familiarity with local and regional legal markets and legal hiring procedures.
  4. Prior administrative or management experience, particularly in a University setting.
  5. Excellent computer skills and demonstrated interest and capacity in the use of the internet, databases, on-line research and new technologies, including Qualtrics.
  6. Demonstrated experience in career counseling, legal recruiting or other related fields.
  7. Knowledge of developing surveys and analyzing data in support of strategic decision-making.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Professor Lou Mulligan
lumen@ku.edu

Contact Information to Applicants

A complete application will include a cover letter, resume and the names/contact information for three professional references.

Applicants selected for interview will be required to give a 15-20 minutes presentation on their vision for the Career Services Office, followed by 20-30 minutes of Q&A.

Application review begins August 8, 2022 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. To ensure priority consideration, apply before the review date.

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

M-F, 8-5pm; some travel and weekend or evenings to perform job duties.

Application Review Begins

08-Aug-2022

Anticipated Start Date

06-Sep-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
22752BR
Department:
Law Administration
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment:
On-Site
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
08-Aug-2022