This position is full-time, benefits eligible, and may work remote up to 1 days per week.
California Western School of Law (CWSL), San Diego seeks applicants for an Assistant Director, Pro Bono and Public Service (Assistant Director) in the Career and Professional Development Office (CPDO). The Assistant Director reports to the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development. This position conducts one-on-one student and alumni counseling and maintains accurate and confidential records related thereto, including implementation of online career management tools and resources. The Assistant Director participates in the development and delivery of the career development curriculum, including researching and preparing materials, promoting programming, and presenting material to large and small groups. The Assistant Director develops and oversees pro bono, public service, government, judicial and JAG opportunities for students and alumni.
The primary responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Develop and administer Pro Bono and Public Service Programs, and related connections, job opportunities, and events, including the Pro Bono and Public Service Fair and Pro Bono and Public Service Honors Societies and Induction Ceremony. Manage tracking of pro bono and public service student hours using Track it Forward or similar software.
Act as primary counselor and employer contact for job opportunities for students and alumni in pro bono, public service, government, judiciary and JAG.
Recruit new employers and maintain existing employers for CPDO programs, increasing the number of employment opportunities for students and alumni, especially in pro bono, public service, government, judiciary and JAG. Maintain records of related employers.
Act as primary liaison and facilitator with student organization PILF, and other related student organizations as needed.
Counsel and coach students and alumni one-on-one respecting career strategy and advancement.
Oversee and implement researching and drafting of curriculum materials. Present curricula to large and small groups.
Review and critique of students’ and graduates’ marketing materials.
Conduct mock law job interviews.
Follow new developments in lawyer employment and counseling best practices.
Assist Director of the Access to Law Incubator (ALI).
Assist at ALI free clinic(s) funded by City Council and other grants.
Monitor and promote job opportunities for students and alumni.
Match students and target employers and then follow-up with employers and students.
Work closely with CPDO staff to implement Mentor, Career Advisor, Panel Series, Lunch With Lawyers, Exploring Options, and Pro Bono and Public Service Programs. Promote student participation in CPDO programs.
Work to make CPDO programs and information available online, and to be creative in developing online resources, including social media, webinars, videos, and podcasts.
Promote CWSL in pro bono, public service, legal and business communities.
Represent CPDO externally by participation in bench and bar events, organizations and activities, especially in pro bono, public service, government, judiciary and JAG.
Stay active in the local legal community by becoming involved in at least two lawyers’ networking group, such as the San Diego County Bar Association and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
Report as needed, verbally or in writing, to the Board of Trustees, the Dean, and senior administration.
Travel to local, regional and national events as needed.
Comply with CWSL Travel Policy and related expense reporting.
Work with appropriate level of assistance, instruction and supervision.
Proactively advise the Assistant Dean of project status, potential issues and overall departmental progress.
Perform, with team approach, other duties as required.
Juris Doctor Degree required.
2-5 years of law practice experience preferred..
Law practice in pro bono, public service, government, judiciary and/or JAG preferred.
Experience in higher education or significant legal recruiting or business development experience preferred.
Must be able to counsel and advise students and graduates.
A thorough knowledge of all aspects of the legal profession and the job market; and practices and procedures related to career planning and placement required.
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills essential.
Effective oral and written communication skills are essential.
Must be available for evening and occasional weekend work and possible multi-day and overnight travel.
Professional attire and presentation are required.
Intermediate level computer skills.
Experience in Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Forms, and PowerPoint.
Proficient with the use of Excel formulas, including vertical look-ups, data comparisons, sorting data, and various data manipulations.
Proficient with mail merges, formatting letters, footnotes and creating tables.
Basic proficiency with formulas, creating macros and charts, and managing data.
General internet skills are essential.
Knowledge of effective internet search properties.
Experience with website management, electronic communication and database systems, data analysis and interpretation required.
Aptitude for learning new technology.
CWSL COVID-19 Vaccine Policy
In accordance with the California Western School of Law policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption to access campus. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for five months after their final dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or for two months after receiving the only dose of a single-dose vaccine. Afterward a COVID-19 booster is required to continue to be considered fully vaccinated. The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school will be required to participate in CWSL’s COVID-19 testing program. Further information can be found on our website at https://www.cwsl.edu/Covid-Updates
Click here to complete an application through the CWSL Career Center website or visit our website at CWSL.edu and search Current Job Openings.
Resume, Cover Letter, and Diversity Statement required.
Application review will begin immediately. Application deadline, June 21, 2022.
Established in 1924, CWSL is an ABA accredited and AALS member, non-profit law school located in downtown San Diego, California. CWSL has the distinction of being San Diego’s oldest law school. CWSL is the recipient of numerous community service awards, including the State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and the federal government’s President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The law school is also home to numerous outstanding programs, including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Project, and New Media Rights Program. The faculty are dedicated to teaching, research, and service to the community. Detailed information is available at https://www.cwsl.edu/
The law school offers competitive benefits for eligible employees, including, but not limited to:
Generous employer contribution for Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (depending on which plan/level the employee elects).
403 (b) Employer Retirement contribution of 8% (up to 8k per year) Fully and immediately vested.
Company Paid Life and AD&D Insurance.
Paid Long-Term Disability Insurance.
Flexible Spending Plan.
Reduced Summer Work Schedule (paid).
Paid Winter Break (week of x-mas through new year)
Additional 10+ Paid Holidays
Accrued Paid Time Off
Little Italy/Downtown location for convenient access to great restaurants and after-hour activities.
Free on-campus parking facilities provided.
Employee engagement events held both virtually and on-campus.
On-Campus Convenience Store.
Complimentary bottomless Specialty Coffee.
Use of on-campus Law Library facilities.
California Western School of Law is committed to using the law to prevent and solve human and societal problems. In conjunction with our mission - to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers, representative of our diverse society and equipped to use the law effectively and creatively on behalf of all members of society - we value a rich diversity among our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, as well as in the larger communities of which we are a part.
The law school is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The law school provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.