Job Requisition Number: 25331. The University of California 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. Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) 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.
Berkeley Law offers advanced law degree programs that are internationally recognized and highly competitive. For advanced degree students seeking to focus on a specialized field, Berkeley Law offers renowned programs in such areas as law and technology; business, law and the economy; and international legal studies. As a pioneering advocate of multidisciplinary instruction, Berkeley Law harnesses the vast intellectual capital of the entire UC Berkeley campus, one of the world's finest research and teaching universities.
The Associate Director for Private Sector Programs (“AD”) assists Berkeley Law’s 900 J.D. students and the members of its 10,000+ alumni community, in particular those interested in pursuing private sector legal careers, in shaping and attaining their short- and long-term career goals. As a well-connected, knowledgeable expert on the legal job market, the AD accomplishes this by providing individually tailored, client-driven career counseling as well as by creating, planning, developing, and implementing cutting-edge programs, networking events, other activities(including social media), services, and resources that address a full array of traditional as well as non-traditional private sector practice areas and settings.
The AD must also assist in maintaining the CDO’s current employer relationships as well as engaging in employer outreach efforts to cultivate new relationships to ensure our students have the best available access to private sector networking and job opportunities as soon as they present themselves.
Researches, and analyzes the current state of the private sector legal services and legal job markets and forecasts emerging trends in those markets. Identifies existing and up-and-coming career and job options, assesses (on a continuing basis) their short-and long-term feasibility for our alumni attorneys, and explores alternatives to traditional legal practice.
The AD must also research and periodically assess the evolving career development needs of our students interested in private sector work.
Based on this on-going research, analysis, assessment and trend-spotting, the AD designs and develops, and implements an array of workshops and programs, services, and resources (including online guides and webcasts) to meet the career needs of our students interested in pursuing a career in the private sector.
Manages improvements, revisions, changes, and adjustments to the existing array of career consulting services, programs, and resources AND devises, develops and implements entirely new services, programs and resources. Liaises with various other Law School departments and individuals to understand their needs and goals and explore and develop mutually beneficial programs, resources, and services.
Maintains and enhances the Law School’s existing professional network of potential employers, other law school legal career professionals, and others in the legal field who may be in a position to provide information and assistance to our students interested in pursuing private sector work.
Maintains and enhances his/her own professional network and leverages it on behalf of students and alumni.
Establishes new positive working relationships with law firm recruiters, in-house legal departments, corporations, (and others who may be of assistance to our private sector oriented students (and who may be of assistance in in fundraising and in enhancing the campus's relationship with outside organizations).
Develops and oversees presentation and delivery of broad and complex career-focused programs and events workshops, and resources.
Manages career services staff on specific administrative tasks they undertake in support of private sector programming (e.g., room reservations, catering arrangements, drafting and posting event announcements, etc.). Determines, based on his/her knowledge of technical systems, the most innovative and effective media for delivering content – online, print, blogs, social networking website posts, twitter, live webcasting, etc.
Provides one-on-one, individually tailored and client-driven career consulting services to students interested in pursuing private sector careers (a particularly complex area that require specialized expertise). Assists students in conducting their own self-assessments Provides students not only with general advice based on his/her expert knowledge of the private sector legal market but specific job leads and networking contacts developed through continuing cultivation and expansion of the Law School’s -- and the AD’s -- professional network. Participates in panel discussions and presentations and researches and writes articles relating to the private sector legal job market and the provision of private sector career services through local and national recruitment associations, like the Bay Area Legal Recruiters Association and the National Association for Law Placement, and other legal organizations, like the American Association of Law Schools and the American Bar Association, and even through the local and national press as the opportunities arise.•Advanced knowledge of career development theories helpful. •Advanced knowledge of career decision making, and job search techniques. •Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, workshop and program design and implementation helpful. •Knowledge of UC programs helpful. •Knowledge of career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods,employment trends. •Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills. •Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience. •Detailed knowledge of the private sector legal employment market (and general knowledge of the public sector and public interest job markets) •Extensive professional network of practicing attorneys and potential employers. •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. •Excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new software programs and on-line resources. •Ability to successfully pass a criminal background check.
Education/Training: •J.D. plus significant (3+ years) private sector legal practice experience
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.