Assistant Director of Career Advising, Career Services
Location: New York, New York
Internal Number: 517760
Job Type: Officer of Administration
End Date if Temporary:
Hours Per Week: 35
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; drafting career documentation; preparing for successful interviews; identification of 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.
Develop specialty resources for JD/MBA students. Serve as a liaison to the Office of Admissions, Student Services and the Columbia Business School to recruit potential JD-MBA candidates, develop programming for the cohort and assist in their professional development. Serve as the principal counselor of JD-MBA students in all class years. Organize and attend events for JD-MBA alumni and students to foster a well-developed alumni network. Serve as a point of contact for private sector non-law firm employers seeking to employ JD-MBA, and JDs.
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 the Dean of Career Services, Director of J.D. Advising and Director of Alumni and International Career Services in the development of innovative programming, coursework and events for J.D. and LL.M. students.
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.
Bachelor???s degree required, J.D., MA, MBA or EDM preferred. Must have 2-4 years experience in the legal field, counseling field or in another professional field. 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.
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.
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, Campus Groups, Courseworks, and digital learning technology.
A passion for, and commitment to, delivering exceptional customer service.
Ability to travel occasionally and work some evenings.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.