California Western School of Law (CWSL), San Diego seeks applicants for an Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development (Assistant Dean). The Assistant Dean leads the Career and Professional Development Office. In consultations with the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean is responsible for developing and supporting a comprehensive, long range inclusive Career and Professional Development strategies for students and graduates. Responsibilities include overseeing and managing the design of the student and graduate career and professional development curricula; developing and accessing student, graduate and employer programmatic initiatives; analyzing and utilizing employment trends; designing and implementing a comprehensive approach for employer development; and overseeing the management and function of the Access to Law Initiative (ALI), the incubator program at the law school. The Assistant Dean is also responsible for advancing and maintaining an effective counseling plan for students and graduates, including one-on-one counseling services.
The primary responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Career Services Operations
Work with the Dean of Students and others to ascertain career and professional development projects and goals aligned with the school’s strategic plan and review and update regularly.
Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the law school's priorities and inspire the respect and confidence of the executive, academic, administrative, and trustee leadership of the school.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the department.
Provide leadership and guidance for the department staff.
Responsible for fiscal management of department budget.
Create and direct the scheduling processes and polices and oversee the management of the department’s yearly calendar of events, programs, and seminars.
Formulate and direct a comprehensive, continuing long range career and professional development program that is consistent with the school’s mission.
Career and Professional Services Programming
Conduct career and professional development activities according to the established procedures, policies, and goals and needs of the school.
Work with other departments, faculty, and any consultants to oversee and implement career development, placement, and advancement for the school.
Responsible for exercising high degree of independence in implementing programs, while reporting progress to the Dean of Students.
Develop, direct, and supervise management of the ALI Program.
Ensure the school’s involvement with the legal community and local community at large.
Develop and supervise the planning process and management of the Pro Bono and Public Services Honor Societies’ events.
Develop, direct, and implement on-campus and off-campus interview programs to increase the number of employer and applicant participants.
Identify, analyze, and respond to market trends to formulate career and professional development programming, and policies.
Supervise collection, sorting, and analysis of data related to employment for internal and external reporting.
Keep accurate and up to date statistics and records related to all areas of responsibility, including implementation of online career management tools and resources.
Prepare and present employment report to Dean, faculty, Council of Visitors, alumni board, and other constituents as requested.
Juris Doctor and 5 years of law practice experience preferred.
Five years’ experience running a law school career services office required.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Must have at least 5 years supervisory experience.
Requires firm commitment to provide exemplary services in a demanding and challenging environment.
Must have strong interpersonal, advising, and counseling skills; effective oral and written communication skills are also essential.
Excellent public speaking abilities.
Experience with compiling and analyzing data, and substantial experience in administrative and budgetary planning preferred.
Demonstrated ability and interest in working with a highly diverse student and employee population.
Must be able to travel to regional and national events.
Experience working in higher education or in a career services office is preferred.
Professional dress required.
Intermediate level computer skills.
Experience in word processing is essential.
Proficient with MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
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
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Application review will begin immediately.
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.