The Assistant Director’s primary focus is student career counseling and outreach. He/she will collaborate closely with internal partners (e.g. faculty, alumni affairs, administration) and external partners (recruiters, alumni) to implement programs and resources for students. Develops working relationships with the student body to facilitate connections, provide appropriate resources and enhance students’ knowledge of career opportunities.
STATUS: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday- Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: $54,155 / year
A central aspect of the mission of our Law School is to promote a diverse and collaborative intellectual community. To do so, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, one which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. To further our mission, we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and student body. In that regard, we welcome candidates from members of communities that are traditionally under-represented in the legal profession and academic administration.
Essential and Related Functions:
Counsels law students and alumni on job search strategies. Meets frequently with students, developing connections and a strong understanding of student professional goals and aspirations. Experience in non-profit, government or public interest legal sector is preferred.
Uses understanding of student goals to network with alumni, faculty and industry contacts. Develops a large network of connections in various channels to assist in developing student contacts.
Assists law students and alumni with preparation for job applications and interviews by conducting mock interviews and reviewing resumes and cover letters.
Works with the Assistant Dean to track and manage auditable American Bar Association (ABA), National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and US News data that is used in mandatory reporting.
Plans, develops and presents educational programming on career-related topics.
Visits interview programs/employers to market Washington and Lee Law School.
Collaborates with the Assistant Dean on matters of strategic importance. Utilizes data and provides research on areas of interest.
Additional related duties as assigned.
Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
Drive for Results - Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time.
Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices).
Bachelor's degree is required and a J.D. or graduate degree with prior career services experience in a law setting are highly preferred. A strong commitment to student services is essential to be successful in this role. This position requires the incumbent to portray a high energy level and be an active and successful team member. The Assistant Director must possess strong oral and written communication skills having a demonstrated ability to follow through. The independent nature of this role requires the incumbent to take initiative and possess a strong attention to detail.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Please submit resume, cover letter, a list of three professional references with contact information, and the online application forms. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.