Assistant Dean for Career Services

Description Penn State Law seeks a seasoned professional with a proven track record of successful career services leadership, management, and placement to serve as Assistant Dean for Career Services at Penn State Law in University Park. The Assistant Deanreports directly to the Dean and, as a key member of the law school's management team, participates in many aspects of the law school operation. The Assistant Dean is responsible for developing and carrying out a comprehensive program of career advising, development and counseling for students and alumni. To this end, the Career Services team works closely with students, faculty and staff at Penn State Law; the Board of Advisors, Development and Alumni Affairs office, and broader Penn State alumni community; and national and regional employers from the private and public sectors to help Penn State Law students pursue career aspirations. Responsibilities also include establishing office policies, supervising career services staff, coordinating efforts with other administrative departments, working with alumni groups, setting goals and planning strategies for success, and tracking and preparing statistical information on job placement. Penn State Law is one of Penn State's two law schools, and graduated its first separate J.D. class in 2018. Penn State Law has modern, state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty of outstanding scholars and dedicated teachers, and exceptional students with strong credentials and the potential to become leaders in the United States and around the world. Penn State Law is deeply committed to legal education for a changing society--with strategic initiatives in innovative technology and interdisciplinary partnerships. Its student body comes from around the country and world, and Career Services supports students' diverse searches in our evolving profession through comprehensive mentoring that begins at admissions and individualized planning for each student supported by the Board of Advisors and alumni. Our 10-month placement metrics have been improving due to this individualized approach that uses Penn State's active and enthusiastic alumni network, and is also aided by our very high bar passage rates--92.5% nationally for the July 2017 first-time takers, making us 19th in the country, and very impressive outcomes thus far from the Class of 2018 (88.64% in PA, making us second to only U Penn for the second year in a row, and 100% in NY, NJ, and VA, our second to fourth largest jurisdictions for bar takers). For more information about Penn State Law, go to www.pennstatelaw.psu.edu. Penn State Law is located on The Pennsylvania State's University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. University Park is the largest of Penn State's campuses and houses the University's central administration, its renowned graduate and undergraduate programs, and its NCAA Division I Athletics Department. The 13-square-mile campus is home to more than 46,000 graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and more than 12,000 full-time employees (faculty and staff). University Park is pedestrian and bike friendly and features an eclectic mix of historic classroom buildings, cutting-edge, modern architecture, and beautiful urban landscape. Often referred to as Happy Valley, State College is a quintessential college town that offers residents many of the amenities of a larger urban environment in a clean, safe, and welcoming setting. Centrally located between several major metropolitan areas, State College is within a few hours' drive of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. With a diverse population made up largely of Penn State faculty and staff, State College is consistently ranked among the nation's smartest, safest, and most livable cities. The ideal candidate will have a J.D. or LL. M. degree from an accredited law school and five to ten years of relevant experience. Previous law school Career Services or legal recruitment experience is preferred. Excellent administrative leadership, organizational, counseling, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills are essential. Experience with computer database management systems and Microsoft Office programs is desired. Compensation will be competitive and will depend on qualifications and experience. Interested applicants must upload a resume and a cover letter including any salary requirements.
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Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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