Pollack Badawi Group LLC (PBG) has been exclusively retained by The George Washington University Law School to fill this position. Interested candidates should apply immediately by sending a resume.
Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital and one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is located on the GW campus in the downtown DC neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.
As a professional school, students attend GW Law for the express purpose of translating their academic preparation into a career. Therefore, the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategies (Associate Dean) supports the entire academic function of the law school organization and will oversee the ongoing enhancement of the law school’s programs from a strategic and long-term perspective.
Provide Strategic Leadership and Vision
The Associate Dean of Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy (Career Center) will develop a vision and strategic plan and provide leadership and management for the Career Center. The Associate Dean of the Career Development Office is a member of the Dean’s management team and represents the law school on University graduate student employment committees and councils. The Associate Dean will also work to create an environment of collaboration and will serve as liaison between other departments and programs at GW.
Serve as an Expert in the Legal Market and Increase Employment Outcomes
The Associate Dean must maintain a current and comprehensive understanding of the market for legal services nationally and internationally, and applies this knowledge to provide direction, oversight, and management of the Career Center’s multiple services. These include the Inns of Court academic and professional identity formation program; provision of professional career counseling planning, mentoring, and advising services to JD students; and professional advising to our alumni population in order to enhance and develop future and present employment opportunities for legal professionals.
Provide Oversight and Management for the Career Center
The Associate Dean must cultivate a welcoming and customer service-oriented culture at the Career Center to ensure outstanding student engagement and outreach. Office management includes (i) development and management of marketing and social media strategy to engage students and stakeholders, (ii) supervision and mentorship of office staff, and (iii) the development and execution of career office programming designed to educate students on the diverse range of careers in legal markets nationwide.
Be Innovative and Embrace Data-Drive Approaches
The ideal candidate will be courageous, innovative, and visionary. The Associate Dean is a problem-solver and team player who brings energy and enthusiasm to the role. In addition, the Associate Dean must embrace a data-driven approach and a culture of innovation and improvement.
· Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience or a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 8 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
· JD from an ABA accredited law school or appropriate Master’s degree
· Strong knowledge of a broad range of legal career employment opportunities and local, regional and national job markets, in private, public interest, and public service sectors
· Strong understanding of career development issues affecting law students, lawyers, and the legal profession; ability to develop related programs/materials
· Demonstrated understanding of the ABA’s rule for employment data and ability to collect and analyze data to provide summary reports.
· Strong interpersonal skills to inspire and work effectively with diverse groups of students, faculty, alumni, staff, and legal employers
· Ability to conceive and execute a strategic vision for the Career Center
· Ability to develop marketing strategies to enhance employment opportunities
· Significant management and supervisory experience
· Excellent oral and written communication/presentation skills
· Preference will be given to candidates who have managed hiring at elite law firms, worked in a law school career services office, have experience placing associates and partners in law firms, and/or have overseen attorney professional development programs at elite law firms.
Interested candidates should apply now for immediate consideration.