The Assistant Dean will serve the mission of the Career Services Office (CSO) to educate and empower our law students in their job searches and continuing career development. The Assistant Dean represents the Law School to internal and external constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, the legal community, potential employers, and the public. The CSO provides career planning and advising services to approximately 800 J.D. students and to our alumni population. In addition to overseeing the administration and organization of the CSO, the Assistant Dean will provide leadership, direction, and strategic vision for the office.
The Assistant Dean must stay apprised of the national legal market and legal career trends, and develop new career services and professional development initiatives in response to evolving student needs. The Assistant Dean will also develop and refine student and office policies and procedures relating to career development issues and trends.
The Assistant Dean reports to the Associate Dean for Strategic & Student Affairs.
Additional key responsibilities include:
In conjunction with the staff of experienced career advisors, develop and implement strategies to ensure the consistent delivery of innovative and high-quality career advising and programming to students.
Collaborate with faculty and other administrative offices throughout the law school on program development and delivery, including 1L orientation, admitted student events, alumni events, and student affinity group programming.
Work with the Boston College Law School Advancement team, the Alumni Board and other alumni groups and individuals to provide opportunities for networking and mentoring for our students and our graduates.
Represent and serve as spokesperson for the CSO at various internal and external functions.
Moderate panels and present at various CSO events and programs throughout the year.
Work closely with the Director of Recruitment and Employer Outreach to plan and organize all on- and off-campus recruiting programs, including establishing an annual recruiting calendar and developing and updating student and employer recruiting policies.
Represent Boston College Law School to legal employers, both nationally and locally. Work with employers and prospective employers to develop opportunities for Boston College Law School students and graduates.
Oversee collection, review, submission and analysis of employment data.
Interpret and communicate information and data regarding employment outcomes to key constituencies within the institution.
Manage office budget and oversee the utilization, evaluation, and procurement of the CSO’s technology resources.
Provides oversight for and develops strategies regarding internal and external office communications.
A Juris Doctor is required as well as several years of experience as a practicing attorney.
Eight years of experience in career counseling and/or legal recruitment
Extensive knowledge of the legal employment market is required.
Several years of prior leadership experience in directing career services/recruitment office and managing staff is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated leadership ability, including a sense of vision, operational and strategic planning, budget management, project management and staff development is required.
Must have experience in presenting and developing programs and presentations, particularly relating to the legal employment market.
Excellent management skills required as well as the ability to develop consensus among staff and the willingness to assist staff whenever needed.
The ability to work independently and develop initiatives is crucial.
Candidates must have a high degree of empathy for students, must be enthusiastic, energetic, and entrepreneurial.
Flexibility, the ability to manage multiple projects under pressure, and the ability to balance priorities are essential. Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
Candidates must have strong technical capabilities, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Google suites, and Zoom, and the ability to effectively and efficiently learn and utilize other tools such as 12Twenty, Symplicity, OSCAR, and more.
Boston College Law School is among the nation's best law schools. Our success is based on a tradition of educating lawyers through theory and practice, shaping leaders prepared to grapple with society's most important moral and ethical questions.
Founded in 1929, Boston College Law School held its opening classes in the 11-story Lawyer’s Building on Beacon Street in downtown Boston. It began with an enrollment of 54 ambitious students selected from an applicant pool of nearly 700, and quickly thrived despite the onset of the Great Depression that coincided with its early years. In 1932, just three years after its founding, the school received American Bar Association accreditation, joining Harvard, Yale, and Boston University as the only law schools in New England to attain that distinction. By the fall of 1937, the school’s enrollment had grown to 350 students. By 1940, its ranks included women.
With its reputation and enrollment soaring, BC Law moved to Chestnut Hill in 1954, occupying the newly constructed St. Thomas More Hall on the edge of the BC campus. It was not until the University’s acquisition of the Newton College of the Sacred Heart in the early 1970s that the La...w School found its permanent home in what is now known as the Newton Campus.
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Throughout its history, BC Law has provided a top-quality legal education grounded in Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic tradition. With an impressive record of education, scholarship, and activity in social justice and public service—through its work aiding immigrants and refugees and groundbreaking research in areas such as environmental law and juvenile justice—BC Law continues to prepare students not only to be good lawyers, but to lead good lives.
With a reputation for excellence solidified through more than nine decades of service, BC Law has earned its rightful place among the nation’s preeminent law schools.