Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso Law is seeking to hire an Assistant Dean for Career Development. The Assistant Dean for Career Development envisions, creates, implements, and supports innovative strategies for the development and enhancement of career opportunities for Pepperdine Caruso Law students and alumni. With vision and leadership, the Assistant Dean supervises and works closely with our high-performing Career Development Office (CDO) staff, who counsel and advise students and alumni in their career planning and job search goals.
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The Assistant Dean for Career Development envisions, creates, implements, and supports innovative strategies for the development and enhancement of career opportunities for Pepperdine Caruso Law students and alumni. With vision and leadership, the Assistant Dean supervises and works closely with our high-performing Career Development Office (CDO) staff, who counsel and advise students and alumni in their career planning and job search goals. You would be joining an experienced team that has worked together and seen a dramatic rise in ABA 10-month full time, long term employment of 14 percent over the past two years. The Assistant Dean will continue this forward momentum, fully backed by the seasoned office and the Dean of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law.
- Direct, supervise, and work with Career Development Office (CDO) staff to: counsel students and alumni in career planning, job searches, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking in the diverse legal market; coordinate training skills workshops, career forums, and alumni speaker programs; manage the on-campus interview (OCI) and student interviewing programs.
- Maintain general office supervision within the CDO, including managing the office budget and supervising and encouraging the professional development of the Director, Associate Directors, Recruiting Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and student workers.
- Develop direct relationships and contacts, and foster effective outreach programs and working relationships, with employers, alumni, faculty, staff, and other placement professionals.
- Directly place students and alumni with employers, driving excellence in law school's student and graduate employment outcomes relative to peer and aspirational schools.
- Manage employment data collection and reporting to the ABA, NALP, and other entities.
- Continuously grow alumni and employer outreach programs and current job listings.
- Encourage ongoing positive communications and relationships between students, alumni, and the CDO.
- Plan and implement innovative marketing strategies to identify and solicit a diverse group of potential employers.
- Work closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to cultivate and enhance employer and alumni relationships.
- Regularly attend and help organize and facilitate alumni and employer networking functions.
- Maintain and improve CDO databases and other resource materials.
- Regularly meet and strategize with the Law School Employment Task Force and other law school administrators regarding above duties.
- Support and contribute to the law school's mission, student and community service ideals, and overall goals and objectives.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Uphold University mission through work performed.
The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Skills and Qualifications
Required: Bachelor's degree and juris doctor or LLM; Excellent interpersonal, written, public speaking, persuasion, and communication skills; A strong desire to get out of the office and build external relationships and cultivate job opportunities for students and alumni; An enthusiastic and winsome manner and maturity in academic and social settings; Experience managing employees either in a legal or business field, or higher education; Strong problem-solving, attention to detail, and organizational abilities; Driven, bottom-line, results-oriented outlook skills; Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work collaboratively with students, alumni, staff, faculty, administration, and employers; Ability to instruct, mentor, and assist in the professional development of staff and student workers; Ability to effectively communicate and market the services and programs of the CDO to students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff; Strong technology skills with ability to use Microsoft Office and other programs and applications.
Preferred: Minimum four years of legal practice experience; Experience in career development/coaching preferred. Legal employment market expertise and experience with counseling, marketing, workshop planning, or administration
Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.
Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.
This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.
Salary: Commensurate with experience