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Assistant Director of Career Advising

School of Law

Assistant Director of Career Advising

  • 531575
  • Morningside
  • School of Law
  • Part Time
  • Opening on: Dec 13 2022
  • Grade 12
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 21
  • Salary Range: $54,000 - $58,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Dean of Career Services, the Assistant Director assumes leadership for the coordination and delivery of professional development and career counseling for students of the Law School. The incumbent is responsible for assisting with all aspects of administering, planning and implementing the mandate of the office for J.D. and domestic and international LL.M. students.


  • Administer and independently manage professional development and counseling services for students of the law school. Counsel J.D. and LL.M. students in all aspects of their professional formation and job search activities including: administering and reviewing
    self-assessments; creating career roadmaps; narrative development; revising application materials; preparing for successful interviews; identifying potential legal employers, career paths and work environments most consistent with their personal and professional needs, etc.
  • Conduct professional development workshops related to the OCS Professional Development Curriculum and Professional Formation program for each class of J.D. students and for LL.M. students. Topics include: (i) navigating the professional workplace, (ii) resume writing, (iii) narrative development (iv) personal leadership, (v) practice area exploration, (vi) the strategic job search, etc. 
  • Assist the Dean of Career Services, Director of Recruiting and Professional Development, Director of International and Alumni Career Services and other senior OCS leaders in the development of innovative programming, coursework and events and experiences for J.D. and LL.M. students. 
  • Stay abreast of legal recruiting industry trends by periodically reviewing relevant publications and other resources, attending conferences and symposia, participating in NALP, NYCRA and similar conferences/committees. 
  • Assist in refining/editing office publications and communications sent to J.D. and LL.M.students, planning and executing special projects/events and undertake other related tasks as requested. 

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required, J.D., MA, MBA or EDM preferred. Must have 3-5 years’ experience in the legal field, counseling field or in another professional field or the combination of graduate education and professional experience, is required. Experience should include career counseling, program planning and/or professional development experience; prior employment in a law firm, academic or other professional environment preferred. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies and support an inclusive work environment.

Required Competencies

  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with staff and students in an institution committed to reducing structural barriers to inequality across races, religions, orientations, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and other dimensions of identity.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive and highly confidential information.
  • Experience working in or demonstrated understanding of the characteristics of antiracist institutions
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated capacity to advise and meaningfully and respectfully interact with diverse, multi-generational constituents.  
  • Affinity for collaboration and ability to work well across all levels of an organization.
  • Ability to leverage work experience and professional network to develop meaningful relationships. 
  • Ability to multitask and be part of a collegial team, while working under pressure and balancing competing tasks.
  • Organizational and analytical skills and the ability to synthesize and meaningfully evaluate data.
  • Technological and computer literacy, including familiarity with or strong interest in developing knowledge of Symplicity, Flor Recruit, Campus Groups, Courseworks, and other digital learning technology.
  • A passion for, and commitment to, delivering exceptional customer service.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and work some evenings.

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