The Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law Career Services Office (CSO) has an immediate opening for an Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Relations.
THE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE (CSO)
The mission of the CSO is to equip all MSU Law students and alumni to achieve professional fulfillment and success. To accomplish this, CSO assists students with exploring and identifying professional opportunities, building relationships with alumni and employers, developing and perfecting application materials, and establishing a professional social media presence. The CSO also markets the talents of MSU Law students to a wide range of private, government, and public interest employers; engages faculty and alumni in support of its mission; and continues to develop an ambitious program directed at expanding job opportunities throughout the country through on and off-campus recruitment programs and other initiatives.
The CSO includes three to four attorney-advisers, two management-level administrators, and one part-time administrative assistant. The Office works closely as a team to provide superior service to our students, alumni, and employers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Relations reports to the Assistant Dean for Career Development. Specifically, the Assistant Director for Employer and Alumni Relations is responsible for conducting employer outreach, developing and maintaining relationships with employers, managing the CSO’s recruiting programs, developing and maintaining CSO’s relationship with alumni, and coordinating the Law College’s annual employment reporting.
EMPLOYER OUTREACH AND RELATIONSHIPS
Develop a strategic outreach plan to strengthen existing, and develop new, relationships with public and private employers in the legal and business sectors
Increase temporary and permanent employment opportunities for JD students and recent graduates in target markets
Build and maintain a network of professional connections in traditional and non-traditional areas of law
Familiarize employers and potential employers with the achievements of MSU Law students and alumni
Engage employers and potential employers with MSU Law-related activities
Attend local and regional professional and recruitment events
Conduct one-on-one outreach with employers to improve engagement with CSO
Effectively and consistently use social media as a career- and professional-development tool, including to develop an online presence and increase engagement with the legal industry
Keep CSO advising team informed regarding legal employment markets and trends
Coordinate CSO recruiting events, including On-Campus Interviews and the Spring Recruitment Fair
Maintain databases, spreadsheets, and reports on students, alumni, faculty, and employers as related to recruiting efforts
Communicate with employers to promote and facilitate recruiting efforts
Conduct outreach and collaborate with faculty, alumni, and colleagues to identify employment opportunities for students and recent graduates
Monitor current trends and developments in the legal industry
ALUMNI OUTREACH AND RELATIONSHIPS
Work closely with CSO advising team and recent graduates to help recent graduates attain post-graduate employment
Collaborate with CSO advising team on programming for new graduates and alumni
Oversee implementation, data collection, and reporting of post-graduate Bridge to Practice Fellowship
Conduct one-on-one outreach with alumni to improve engagement with CSO
Advise alumni about their career paths and goals, including strategies for attaining their professional goals, resources and programming, and professional connections
Review and edit alumni’s resumes, LinkedIn profiles, cover letters, and other application materials to best highlight their professional skills
Serve as CSO’s point-person for the MSU College of Law Advancement Office
Serve as CSO’s point-person for the MSU College of Law Alumni Association
GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS
Coordinate collection of, and process all data regarding, employment of MSU College of Law graduates
Provide analysis of current employment statistics and national rankings to assist in big picture strategizing
Produce reports for accreditation, national surveys, and use in strategic planning for CSO and other departments within the Law College
Participate in professional organizations and attend professional conferences, workshops, seminars, and conventions to stay current with best practices and the legal industry
About Michigan State University College of Law
This is an important moment in time for the College of Law as it reflects back on its unique 126 year history and at the same time, looks forward – with great optimism– to its promising future. The College of Law is a dynamic, student-centered academic community. The College of Law offers a legal education that challenges students’ intellect, broaden...s their experiences, and prepares them for successful and rewarding careers. The College is dedicated to providing a learning environment where students acquire the professional skills and ethical grounding needed to become excellent advocates, stalwart members of the bar, and leaders in their communities. With a new strategic plan and renewed curriculum in place, MSU Law is poised to reach a higher level of sustained excellence. The Assistant Dean for Career Services will play a critical role in helping the college to fulfill this commitment.
MSU College of Law is perfectly situated in the heart of a Big Ten university, just minutes from the state capitol and in close proximity to Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago.
The student body is made up of approximately 750 J.D. students and 80 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the J.D. program are from Michigan, 45 percent are from states outside of Michigan, and 6 percent are international students.
Additional information regarding MSU Law can be found at law.msu.edu.
Michigan State University College of Law is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Law College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, genetic information, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status.
The Law College actively encourages applications from underrepresented ethnic populations, women, veterans, person defined under the ADA and the LGBT community.