Associate Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Juris Doctor
Salary: Comprehensive Compensation
New York Law School (NYLS), located in the heart of Tribeca, seeks a dynamic and collaborative Associate Director of Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives to provide career-counseling services, plan programming, and develop resources provided to NYLS law students interested in public interest/government careers and internships.
The Associate Director reports to the Assistant Dean for Public Service and Pro Bono Initiatives and works closely with the Office of Academic Planning and Career Development. As such, the Associate Director is a key member of a dynamic team working in a fast-paced, flexible office to deliver advising services on a year-round basis in both one-on-one and group settings, including in remote formats. The Associate Director also cultivates and maintains relationships with public service employers and pro bono partners and works closely with the Impact Center for Public Interest Law in executing the requirements of the Wilf grant.
The Associate Director must exhibit collegiality in a team environment and the ability to create and maintain an inclusive, accessible, and professional atmosphere in the Office. In addition, this person must understand the importance of cultural awareness and agility and commit to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. This position is a one-year assignment with the possibility of renewal after one year.
• Managing an assigned cohort of students and recent graduates who are focused on pursuing internship and post-graduate opportunities in public service. • Counseling students and recent graduates, with an emphasis on public sector/government employment opportunities, by guiding on job search strategies, editing résumés and application materials, connecting them to resources, conducting mock interviews, and advising on hiring and salary negotiations. • Advising students on course selection, clinic applications, graduation requirements, and academic planning to develop a tailored curriculum for a career in public service.
• Maintaining relationships with public interest/government employers through regular dialogue with existing contacts and attendance at industry and employer-sponsored events. • Cultivating additional employer relationships and expanding the number of public interest/government employment opportunities for our students and graduates.
• Developing and implementing career-related presentations, workshops, and programs. • Working with student organizations and relevant Academic Centers to develop co-sponsored, career-related programming. • Assisting with events and networking receptions with public sector agencies, public interest organizations, and other employers to introduce students to practitioners. • Assisting with coordination of mock interview programs, internship and job fairs, and other career and public service programming throughout the year.
Pro Bono Initiative:
• Assist in administering the NYLS Pro Bono Initiative, including advising students and recent graduates on completion of the New York 50-hour pro bono requirement. • Cultivating and managing a broad array of pro bono opportunities for students, developing relationships with external pro bono providers, and recruiting students to volunteer.
Public Interest Summer Funding Program:
• Managing the application process for funding by working with the Office of Financial Aid to edit and publish the application, review applications, ensure student eligibility, inform students of their acceptance into the program, and confirming their completion of necessary paperwork. • Working with the Accounting Office to collect and approve student timesheets, and ensuring that students are paid in a timely manner. • Working with the Assistant Dean to select candidates for donor-funded fellowships, notify students of their selection, collect their thank-you notes to donors, and notify the Office of Institutional Advancement of the selection.
Representation of OCP and Networking:
• Developing and maintaining relationships with law faculty, administration, alumni, and career services and counseling professionals. • Represent the Office at conferences, meetings, and events associated with the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Equal Justice Works, the Metro-Area Public Interest Advisors, and other legal, educational, and career-related organizations.
Resource Development and Acquisition:
• Developing, editing, and updating public interest/government career handouts, web content, surveys, and other resources. • Researching, evaluating and recommending pertinent career-related resources for acquisition.
• J.D. with 2–4 years of experience in the practice of law is required, preferably with a public interest or government employer.
• Extensive knowledge of public interest and government career-related issues particular to the practice of law.
• Effective counseling skills. Preference given to those candidates with previous career counseling experience.
• Strong interpersonal skills in working with students, faculty, alumni, and professional colleagues with an emphasis on cultural competency and empathy.
• Awareness and sensitivity to the needs of diverse and multicultural constituencies and interest and aptitude in working within a diverse community.
• Strong grammar, writing, and editing skills sufficient to proof application materials effectively and draft correspondence and resource materials.
• Ability to plan and organize events, workshops, and other projects.
• Ability and interest in networking actively with alumni and potential employers, including participation at some evening events, on behalf of the School and the student body.
• Organizational skills to manage multiple projects and ability to juggle priorities in a fast-paced office.
• Extensive computer skills required, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Experience working with online databases. Preference for candidates with experience working with Symplicity or similar job and student information system databases.
• Established contacts in the public sector and government preferred.
NYLS offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
How to Apply:
Please submit the following (in PDF format) to [email protected]: • Resume • Cover letter • Salary requirements
New York Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in Tribeca, the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the city as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening its doors, NYLS has produced graduates who have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the city, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Its renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in key areas of the law, including business and financial services, intellectual property and privacy, and government and public interest law. NYLS has more than 18,000 graduates and currently enrolls around 1,100 students in its full-time and part-time J.D. programs. The School also offers an advanced-degree program in Tax Law