Penn Law is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished law schools. We offer a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania, and a supportive intellectual community for our scholars and students alike. The Executive Director of Career Services is the primary architect of Penn Law’s career services and job placement strategies including student counseling, employer relations, data collection and service delivery. The Executive Director holds a regular full-time position and reports to the Associate Dean for Professional and Student Engagement.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director leads the Office of Career Planning and Professionalism in providing high quality educational programming, counseling services, and resources to students and alumni, helping them identify and develop long-term strategies to reach their career goals. The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will inspire, energize, and direct a highly talented team of J.D. trained career counselors and two administrative staff. With the J.D. trained counselors on staff, the Assistant Dean/Executive Director will articulate a vision of the possibilities for career building for all students and graduates of Penn Law and will develop a career planning curriculum designed to make Penn Law students excellent candidates in the legal job market and to enable them to actively manage their careers as alumni.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will have a deep understanding of the legal market, including knowledge of market trends and changes in hiring patterns in private practice, the public sector and judicial clerkships. Collaborating with the Dean and the Associate Dean for Professional and Student Engagement, the Assistant Dean/Executive Director will develop and implement long and short term goals for the employment of Penn Law students in jobs of their interest and selection through the US and abroad.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will oversee active recruiting programs for Penn Law students in all sectors, both on and off Penn’s campus. The Executive Director will demonstrate creativity and innovation in developing employment and recruiting opportunities for Penn Law students in the public and private sectors as well as judicial clerkships. The Executive Director will oversee the development and implementation of a marketing outreach plan for employers worldwide including, but not limited to, large, medium and small law firms, in house counsel, consulting firms, investment banks, government agencies, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and federal and state judiciaries.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will oversee the compilation and analysis of statistical data necessary for ABA Accreditation. The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will oversee the reporting of job placement statistics, including type of employer, salary, start date and term of employment as required by various organizations and media outlets including the National Association of Law Placement, the American Bar Association, and U.S. News and World Report.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will understand the innovative uses of research and technologies in job placement processes and will use advanced technology to organize recruiting programs, manage data on students and graduates, and develop placement opportunities.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will serve as a key public representative of Penn Law, communicating the distinctive educational opportunities at Penn Law to legal employers in both the private and public sectors, as well as to other potential employers, to existing and potential funders of students and alumni, and to national organizations such as the National Association for Law Placement. The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will build and maintain relationships with important colleagues in law placement around the country and beyond.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will work closely with the Communications Department to effectuate strategies to communicate the uniqueness of Penn Law to prospective and current employers.
The Assistant Dean/Executive Director will actively participate in Committee work at the Law School, including the Career Planning Committee.