The Assistant Dean for Career Development is the Dean’s strategic partner on employment outcomes for the College of Law. Their core responsibility is to help students envision and develop their career arc, with a particular eye to helping them secure summer and post-graduate employment. The Assistant Dean will help the College navigate rapidly evolving legal and legal-adjacent job markets, keep apprised of and adapt to changes in market structure and the legal profession, and guide and lead the Career Development Office. In carrying out these duties, the Assistant Dean must be consistent in deploying imagination, innovation, collaboration, attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal skills both within the College and with external partners. Specific responsibilities include:
Connecting students to jobs and potential jobs. Overseeing and continually augmenting and improving public and private sector employment processes, including on-campus interviews and national and regional consortiums; connecting students through network events and other programs and through alumni connections.
Cultivating, maintaining, and developing employer relationships. Continually expanding the employers who recruit our students; facilitating student access to employment markets in multiple sectors (Ohio and out-of-state, private, public, governmental, and J.D. advantage / professional); conducting employer outreach, including enhancing the Corporate Fellow and other unique law school programs.
Implementing and continually improving and recalibrating Professional Development programs. Ensuring students gain core professional skill development, including cover letter and resume writing, communications and informational interviewing, introduction to (and opportunities in) the legal profession and alternative J.D. careers. Delivering dynamic, diverse, timely, and essential College-wide programming for students.
Ensuring excellence in delivery of career development services to students on an individual basis. Connecting with students by individually assigning students to career advisors, having liaisons with student groups, and working with student representatives for input on future student programming. Overseeing social media publications to students and Moritz community. Working with students of diverse backgrounds to develop and inform them of opportunities specifically for them, liaison with D&I committees and initiatives. The Assistant Dean delivers some of these services directly and supervises other staff in doing so.
Overseeing, implementing, and innovating key College career development programs. These include our Professionalism program and certificate, which ensures students understand the legal market and develop skills to succeed, including developing practical and soft skills to succeed in the workplace; our judicial clerkship program; our bridge to practice (career grants) program; our Board Fellows program, which facilitates learning leadership skills; and our Public Service Law Center, which ensures that students have opportunities to work in the public and non-profit sector during school and after they graduate.
Collaboratively liaising with internal and external partners. Internally, this includes Advancement, alumni relations, Externships, Communications, and our Mentoring Program.
Supervising data collection and reporting. This includes NALP and ABA statistical reporting.
Managing the Career Development Office staff. Ensuring team-based, collaborative functioning of the office and facilitating development of the staff; ensuring that office structure remains nimble and responsive to student needs, and that counseling, resume review, interview training, and other services are delivered to students at the highest level of excellence.
J.D. or Master’s degree strongly preferred; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to maintain and increase positive relationships with many diverse groups, inside and outside the College; be a team player willing to learn new tasks and add skills as necessary; knowledge of the legal profession and hiring patterns as well as prior student counseling experience highly desired; customer service experience, outstanding work ethic, creativity, and exceptional problem solving skills, ability to work well with a team; commitment to collaborative, data- and value-driven leadership essential; strategic or long-range planning experience.
Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen, physical, or psychological screening may be required during the post offer process.
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other basis under the law. Employment at Ohio State requires the successful completion of a background check.
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.