Assistant Dean, Career Development (0297U), Berkeley Law - 42085
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 3424322
Assistant Dean, Career Development (0297U), Berkeley Law - 42085
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UC Berkeley's School of Law is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. The law school is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national and global import. Currently ranked among the top law schools in the country, the School of Law has ambitious development goals as it looks to continue producing leaders in law, government, and society.
The Assistant Dean for Career Development is responsible for the overall direction and management of the Law School's Career Development Office ('CDO'). Through subordinate staff, the Assistant Dean provides expert career counseling to Berkeley Law's 900+ law (J.D.) students, ranging from public interest legal careers, to judicial clerkships, to private sector opportunities within and outside of California and the United States. The incumbent currently oversees a team of 11 staff members, including direct supervision of a Deputy Director who serves as supervisor for the team of high-level professional legal career counselors. The Assistant Dean, Deputy Director, and career counselors all hold J.D. degrees, bring specialized expertise across fields of law (e.g. public interest, clerkships, private sector), and are active members of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). The Assistant Dean has responsibility for a yearly budget in excess of $1.8M. The Assistant Dean is responsible for current, wide-ranging knowledge of the legal job market, cultivating productive partnerships with major legal employers, and strategic planning to ensure the highest possible placement rate for students and alumni and to ensure CDO is meeting all career services needs. The Assistant Dean determines both the short- and long-term priorities and goals of the CDO as well as the specific scope and nature of the services it provides and the programs and activities it presents.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 20, 2022
Through subordinate professional staff and the Deputy Director (Career Svcs Supervisor 2) develops, directs and provides career-related services to the student population and alumni of Berkeley Law.
Provides leadership and strategic direction to subordinate career services professionals, each of whom is required to have a JD degree and extensive experience in their specialized field of expertise and each of whom functions with considerable autonomy and discretion within their field (e.g. Employer Relations & Recruitment Manager, the Associate Directors of Private Sector Counseling, the Associate Directors of Public Interest Counseling, and the Director of Judicial Clerkships).
The Assistant Dean draws upon their significant practice experience (and the knowledge gained through the JD degree) to provide leadership and direction on JD career counseling matters to the career services attorney-professionals in CDO.
The Assistant Dean oversees the CDO's efforts to market the Law School and its students and graduates to international and US-based employers to maximize the number and diversity of employment opportunities for the Law School's students and alumni, and to maintain its ranking as a top national law school through consistently high job placement rates.
The Assistant Dean would leverage the contacts gained as a practicing attorney - as well as involvement in bar association (and other professional association activities made available only to practicing attorneys) -- to assist the Employer Relations Manager in development activities and outreach efforts.
Manages career services staff on specific administrative tasks they undertake in support of the CDO (e.g., room reservations, catering arrangements, drafting and posting event announcements, etc.). Determines, based on their knowledge of technical systems, the most innovative and effective media for delivering content - online, print, blogs, social networking website posts, twitter, live webcasting, etc.
Responsible for maintaining and reporting official law school employment statistics to the American Bar Association, The Association of American Law Schools, and US New & World Report.
Leads assessments of the CDO's effectiveness, researches market trends, and initiates new and enhanced career programs.
Oversees analysis and policy development for issues and processes of career services program(s); develops goals and objectives for the CDO; determines, directs, and oversees evaluation of CDO services and programs.
Ensures new technologies are utilized as applicable to ensure the delivery of career services.
Represents Berkeley Law at University, local, and national events.
Participates in related professional organizations, such as NALP. Develops collaborative relationships with top peer schools.
Develops relationships with employers who recruit Berkeley Law graduates and alumni; assesses and creates programs to facilitate job placement and improved career outcomes for Berkeley Law students and alumni.
May collaborate with colleagues at Berkeley Law, such as the Development & Alumni Relations team to develops strategies to cultivate alumni and employer relations.
Makes decisions on performance, salary actions, hiring decisions and other human resources related issues of managed staff.
Responsible for developing and implementing budgets for managed functions.
Additional duties as assigned by Dean or as needed due to operations.
Prior experience and management skills to lead a large professional and administrative staff.
Demonstrated ability to lead a large, complex organization serving a diverse set of clients.
Advanced knowledge of career development theory and its application to a highly diverse university population.
Advanced knowledge of career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
Advanced knowledge of employment rates and statistics and their impact on law school accreditations and rankings.
Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, workshop and program design.
Advanced knowledge of legal career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends.
Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, organizational skills, leadership skills, and program development skills.
Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and ability to apply and integrate core concepts of DEIB into everyday practice.
Detailed knowledge of the legal employment market (private and public sector and public interest) within the state as well as national labor market and marketplace trends.
Extensive professional network of practicing attorneys and potential employers.
Ability to manage a complex budget, identify new career opportunities for students, and develop entrepreneurial partnerships to assist with student and alumni job placement.
Creative, entrepreneurial, forward-looking, and energetic approach that can identify and pursue new potential programs and innovative ways to present and deliver their content.
Highly developed knowledge of principles and processes for providing outstanding client and personal services. This includes client needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of client satisfaction.
Excellent knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; and learning and motivation.
J.D. and/or significant (5+) years of legal practice experience.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time (40 hours/week), career position, and eligible for full UC benefits.
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that 'every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.'
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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