Job Posting

Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Career Services, Penn Law

April 25, 2017
Location: Philladelphia, PA

The Organization

Penn Law is one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent law schools. The school offers a distinctive cross-disciplinary legal education, drawing on the depth and breadth of the University of Pennsylvania, and a supportive intellectual community for their scholars and students alike.  The Office of Career Planning & Professionalism empowers students to become the CEOs of their own careers. The programs, services, online resources, and one-on-one counseling provide students with a competitive advantage throughout their careers.


Position Overview

The Assistant Dean and 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 Assistant Dean and 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 and Executive Director holds a regular full-time position and reports to the Associate Dean for Professional and Student Engagement.


Position Responsibilities:

  • 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, articulate a vision of the possibilities for career building for all students and graduates of Penn Law
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In collaboration with the Dean and the Associate Dean for Professional and Student Engagement, develop and implement long and short term goals for the employment of Penn Law students in jobs o their interest and selection through the US and abroad.
  • Oversee active recruiting programs for Penn Law students in all sectors, both on and off Penn’s campus.
  • Oversee the development and implementation for 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.
  • Oversee the compilation and analysis of statistical data necessary for ABA Accreditation.
  • 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.
  • Understand the innovative uses of research and technologies in job placement processes and use advanced technology to organize recruiting programs, manage data on students and graduates, and develop placement opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Build and maintain relationships with important colleagues in law placement around the country and beyond.
  • Work closely with the Communications Department to effectuate strategies to communicate the uniqueness of Penn Law to prospective and current employers.
  • Actively participate in Committee work at the Law School, including the Career Planning Committee.


Key Qualifications

  • D. required.
  • Minimum of seven to 10 years of demonstrated performance record in successful and progressively responsible leadership in law career services, student services, higher education, or law firm or legal industry development.
  • Experience in counseling, program management, higher education, or a related field preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of the legal career landscape is required.
  • Established portfolio of events and programs that establish an ability to think creatively about professional students and their career development as well as an ability to collaborate across a variety of systems and organizational situations.
  • Demonstrated leadership track record. Proven track record as collaborator in the workplace, within the immediate department and within the larger institution, as well as a record demonstrating effective leadership as a strong and motivational manager.
  • Experience with data collection, analysis, and report writing. Experience working across disciplines with faculty, colleagues, managers.  Experience championing institutional commitment and developing an integrated approach to message and design.
  • Knowledge of legal education and of an excellent higher education career services environment highly desirable.