Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development- Law School - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518

United States

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Detailed Job Description


Quinnipiac University School of Law seeks a highly talented Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development to enhance the law school’s strategies and to expand career preparation and opportunities for its graduates.

Primary areas of focus:

-Engaging in outreach to local, regional, and national employers to develop employment opportunities for law students and alumni.

-Collaborating with the Associate Dean of Students on professional development training programs to enhance career opportunities for law students and alumni.

-Providing thought leadership to the career and professional development staff on both tactical and strategic levels to advance career options for graduating law students and alumni.

This individual will have the option to teach a law school course on Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility (or on a subject within the Associate Dean’s specialty practice area), actively participating with faculty and students in the intellectual community of the law school, and advancing the law school’s integration with the legal practice community.

The Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development will report to the Dean of the Law School.


Career Development Office:

-Oversee the Career Development Office’s counseling of students in career search skills including guidance in drafting of cover letters and resumes and interviewing skills and techniques.

-Oversee the Career Development Office’s outreach to prospective employers of students and alumni.

-Supervise the maintenance and enhancement of the Career Development Office’s databases and library of career planning materials and resources and the Career Development Office’s tracking and reporting of placement statistics.

Professional Development and Career Programming Activities:

- Oversee the planning, preparation, and implementation of a comprehensive series of career programs and workshops for law students and graduates (requires some evening and weekend work).

- Collaborate with the Dean and faculty to examine how the curriculum can be strengthened and faculty members’ efforts best directed toward effective professional development of students and expansion of graduates’ career opportunities.

Marketing and Outreach:

-Engage in outreach and marketing of the law school, its students, and its graduates to potential employers.

-Collaborate with the law school’s Director of Alumni Relations and others to develop a database of graduates who are interested in mentoring students, participating in career programs, and potentially hiring the law school’s students and graduates.

- Represent the school at meetings of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Connecticut Association of Legal Recruitment Administrators (CALRA), the Northeast Consortium of Law Schools, bar associations, and other legal organizations.

-Oversee preparation of appropriate career guidance publications (newsletters and manuals) for student and office use.

Publications and Technology:

-Utilize and oversee use and maintenance by the Career Development Office of best-practice recruiting and placement tracking software.

-Oversee development and continuing updating of the Career Development Office’s website, with emphasis on expanding web-based career resources for students.

Teaching and Intellectual Participation:

Teach one course per year in the J.D. curriculum and actively participate in the intellectual community of the faculty and students at the law school.

Pro Bono and Public Service Initiatives:

Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Alumni Affairs to compile and maintain on a current basis a database of opportunities for students to engage in public service and pro bono work in various settings around the state and region. Cultivate relationships with lawyers working in these public service settings to develop additional opportunities for students.

Other Administrative and Related Duties as Assigned by the Dean of the Law School.


The Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development will hold a J.D. and have substantial experience in the practice of law (at least five years).  He or she will have a robust knowledge of the legal employment market as well as an understanding of professions where legal training may bring added value. Strong networking skills and the ability to develop connections and relationships on behalf of the Quinnipiac University School of Law are highly valued. The successful candidate will be a strong writer and compelling public speaker with substantial organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills who enjoys working in a service-oriented environment.

Commensurate with experience, salary will be highly competitive with the private sector, in keeping with the years of practice experience required for the job.


Applications must be submitted electronically and should include a resume and a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in the position, and explaining how your background and experience qualify you for this position.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.

Job Code 2013-1294

Keyword Phrases

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Other
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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