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UC Hastings


San Francisco, CA
Full Time
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    CLASSIFICATION: Level 5 / Class Code 6255 / Full-Time / Exempt / Benefited

    HIRING SALARY RANGE: $110,000 - $135,000 annually (commensurate with qualifications)

    POSTING DATE: 8/2/2019


    The Assistant Dean of the Career Development Office (CDO) leads that office, which provides career support for approximately 1000 JD and masters degree candidates and is the point of contact for hundreds of employers who recruit and hire our students and graduates. In addition to leading the CDO, the Assistant Dean is responsible for employment-related reporting and initiatives, including co-curricular and professional development student programming. The Assistant Dean serves on faculty committees and other special committees that involve employment and professional development matters and collaborates with heads of other departments. In recognition of degree to which the academic program and employment efforts are intertwined, the Assistant Dean reports to the Academic Dean.


    The Assistant Dean leads the CDO and oversees career/employment and student professional development efforts. Among other responsibilities, the Assistant Dean:

    • Articulates and executes a strategic vision for the CDO consistent with UC Hastings Law's mission and strategic plan;
    • Manages the CDO, including its team members, programs, policies, and budget;
    • Serves the needs of students and graduates relating to employment matters;
    • Develops and implements strategies for student outreach and engagement;
    • Oversees counseling of students and alumni in their career development and job search strategies and coordinates with other student-facing departments toward that end;
    • Conceives and implements co-curricular, career-related educational programming for students;
    • Oversees other programming for students and alumni, including the on-campus interview program and PI/PS day;
    • Develops and maintains relationships with employers;
    • Oversees planning and implementation of marketing strategies to expand the recruitment opportunities for students locally and nationwide for legal employers and other career paths for lawyers;
    • Continuously ascertains best practices assesses and re-designs existing department procedures, functions, and programs as needed;
    • As appointed by the Academic Dean, serves on faculty standing or special committees, and as the CDO representative to the Board of Governors Employment Committee;
    • Initiates formal collaboration with other departments, including alumni and communications, as well as with student groups, such as ASUCH;
    • Participates in efforts across the College to manage, track and report information regarding our students and graduates, e.g., to aid employment and advising efforts;
    • Oversees employment-related reporting, including by managing the employment reporting protocol for UC Hastings Law's primary regulator, the ABA; generates employment and other statistics for reporting to US News and NALP; and produces written reports for other purposes;
    • Participates in professional organizations locally and nationally and keeps abreast of trends, changes and developments in recruiting, legal employment and the legal market;
    • Provides other reports to the community, including, as requested, at board, faculty, and alumni group meetings.


    The Assistant Dean must have the following qualifications and experiences:

    • A JD and is admitted to a state bar;
    • At least three years of practice experience;
    • At least two years of experience in career services in the legal field;
    • Strategic vision and leadership ability;
    • Strong ability to manage and organize time, details and projects efficiently and effectively;
    • Strong computer skills including working knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Office applications;
    • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, communications, presentation and counseling skills
    • Ability to interact with all segments of the legal community and provide programming and resources for a diverse law school population;
    • Knowledge of the legal services market and employment opportunities; and
    • Ability and experience managing, training or supervising team members.

    It is not required but is preferable if the Assistant Dean has the following additional qualifications or experiences:

    • More than five years of practice experience;
    • Five or more years of experience working with law students;
    • Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities (including counseling, outreach and programming);
    • Strong cross cultural communication skills.
    • Coaching experience and certification;
    • Familiarity with the California legal market, including the Bay Area; and
    • Knowledge of Simplicity, a career services software platform.


    Health and Welfare Benefits

    • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
    • Flexible Spending Accounts for transportation-related, healthcare and dependent care expenses
    • Employee Assistance Program

    For your Financial Future

    • Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, and Legal Insurance
    • University of California Retirement Plan (defined benefit)
    • Deferred Compensation Plans/Pre-tax Retirement Savings Programs

    For your Work/Life Balance

    • Fourteen paid holidays per year
    • Generous vacation and sick leave
    • Commuter Benefits Program


    Failure to provide the information as required on the application and/or instructions to apply shall immediately disqualify an applicant from employment consideration.

    Please note: This position has been designated as “sensitive” and requires a pre-employment background check.

    Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact Human Resources if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.


    Applicants who meet the position requirements will be competitively evaluated to identify the individuals whose breadth and depth of experience and education most closely relate to the stated requirements and the needs of the College. Not all applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    The position is open until filled.

    The skills listed above are comprehensive, and we understand there are great candidates who possess only a subset of those skills, or who have other important skills. If you match some of these skills, please do not hesitate to apply.

    UC Hastings College of the Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer. UC Hastings strives to provide a diverse and inclusive educational environment that fosters cultural awareness, mutual understanding and respect. UC Hastings College of the Law is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching. Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.