Job Opportunity: Program Director, UChicago Careers in Law

Coaches undergraduate students interested in law school and legal careers on appropriate career management and job search skills.

Standard Summary
Coaches undergraduate students interested in law school and legal careers on appropriate career management and job search skills in large lectures, hands-on workshops, special events, training programs, and one-on-one career coaching settings to help them be competitive applicants. Helps students to find suitable jobs and internships and reports on placement and law school admissions outcomes to senior leadership. May also work in employer relations to build relationships in the legal profession and secure additional internships and full-time opportunities for University students. Also works with existing alumni and recruiting partners. Analyzes markets and trends as they relate to job searches. Solicits and analyzes student feedback and evaluations and helps strategize with other career services staff members, student organizations, or other staff to determine program offerings and innovations. Conceptualizes, develops, and delivers career management programming. May partner with several industry, regional, or functional student groups to assist in planning and delivering career-management related programming. Manages or leads various special projects/programs that provide career related support. Meets with recruiters on an occasional basis to discuss recruiting strategies and hiring needs. Participates in career management team leadership. Provides professional mentoring and program guidance to junior staff.

Standard Job Function Competencies
Expertise in counseling, program development, or a related area required.
Deep commitment to customer service and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required.
Demonstrated success in maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
Knowledge of career development theory and strong coaching or counseling skills required.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills required.
Ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, etc. required.
Significant knowledge of online resources, spreadsheet and presentation software required.
Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

About the Unit
Career Advancement plays a vital role in ensuring our students' success after graduation. Career Advancement offers innovative and comprehensive career development services to the University's 5,000+ undergraduate students. Through career advising, programs, and comprehensive resources, Career Advancement supports students and alumni as they develop the skills necessary to manage their career development, while working with alumni and employers to provide students meaningful employment opportunities. For more information please visit the Career Advancement website (careeradvancement.uchicago.edu).

As a program that is part of Career Advancement, UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL) is a non-selective program open to all students and alumni of the College who are interested in careers in law. Through workshops, presentations, internships and one-on-one advising, UCIL seeks to support students as they decide whether a career in law is a good fit for them. UChicago Careers in Law also helps students prepare strong, successful applications to law school.
Unit Job Summary Reporting to the Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services, the Program Director, UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL) will create and manage a comprehensive set of law programming, advising, and support for students and alumni of the University of Chicago. This will include, but is not limited to, providing advice on law school applications and the application process, and offering opportunities for students to explore careers in law through internship, externships, mentoring programs and more. The Program Director will provide strategic direction for the program and will work collaboratively with internal and external partners to achieve these goals.
Bachelor's degree required.

Unit Experience

Advanced degree preferred.
JD preferred.

 Minimum of three years of experience in career counseling or three years experience in industry specialty required.
Experience developing and implementing a successful communication strategy for marketing programs, recruiting volunteers, and/or liaising with student groups required.
Minimum of four years of direct experience in the legal profession required.

Unit Job Function Competencies
Expertise in counseling, program development, or a related area required.
Familiarity with liberal arts students and areas of study strongly preferred.
Deep commitment to customer service and the ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required.
Demonstrated success in maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies required.
Commitment to ensuring the highest level of confidentiality for participants in the program required.
Knowledge of career development theory and strong coaching or counseling skills required.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills required.
Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail required.
Patient and tolerant attitude toward demanding clients and work required.
Ability to develop creative solutions to unique problems required.
Proven ability to work independently under pressure with frequent interruptions required.
Ability to communicate to large groups as well as one-on-one with students, senior management, faculty, alumni, etc. required.
Significant knowledge of online resources, spreadsheet and presentation software required.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Access and web management programs preferred.
Demonstrated ability to master Internet-based recruiting programs and learn new technologies required.
Willingness and ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends required.

Union Essential/Other Functions
Program Development and Implementation: Provide a wide range of programming resources to undergraduates and graduate students and alumni interested in applying to law school or pursuing careers in the legal profession. This includes, but is not limited to, sessions on career exploration, law school application process, networking, specific jobs/industries, interviewing techniques, and related topics. Coordinate campus recruitment visits by law school representatives and speak with such representatives about admissions and programs. Collaborate and communicate with campus partners to offer programming and resources, including working with the UChicago Law School to support the Chicago Law Scholars program, facilitate mentoring program between current students and law school students, and offer courses (such as legal research) of interest to the students, employers, and schools. Track, measure and evaluate student outcomes and suggest changes or additions to the program based on results. Manage student worker(s). (30%)

Student Preparation: Provide one-on-one student advising sessions for current students and alumni on all matters related to applying and attending law school. Meet individually (or via E-mail or telephone) with students and alumni to advise on how to prepare for law school. Advise on strategies for selecting appropriate variety of schools to apply. Discuss applying to law school and explain academic and professional ramifications. Review personal essays and letters of recommendation. Prepare and submit dean certification letters. Counsel students meeting with law school admission officers. Correspond with law school admission officers and Law School Admission Council (LSAC) officials about application requirements and procedures. Advocate and intercede on students' behalf during the application process. Monitor and evaluate success of current UChicago applicants and alumni to law school. Track and report on student learning outcomes and law school admissions. Assist with general undergraduate, graduate student and alumni advising demands as needed. (35%)

Employer Relations and Law School Visits: Provide a high level of customer service and support existing relationships with the legal profession and law school partners. Educate staff about prelaw and current trends in admissions and the legal profession. Assist Employer Relations and Employer Development teams in growing internships and full time positions available in the legal industry. Conduct outreach to admissions officers at top law programs. (15%)

Communication: Maintain regular communication with campus partners, students and colleagues; Oversee and assume responsibility for content of UCIL website and UCIL weekly e-newsletters; Manage UCIL programming calendar and ensure that upcoming events and resources are communicated clearly to campus partners, students, and alumni. (10%)

Other duties as assigned: The Program Director, UCIL will be expected to participate in and assist with larger scale Career Advancement programming and other panels, fairs, presentations on campus. The UCIL Program Director will be expected to be an active and positive contributor to the greater Career Advancement department as well as to the division of Enrollment & Student Advancement. (10%)

How To Apply

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Please direct specific questions about the position to Rachael Ward, Director Student Services (rcward@uchicago.edu).