The University of California Hastings College of the Law was founded in 1878 as the law department of the University of California and was the first law school in California. Over the years, it has built a legacy and reputation of being a preeminent institution comprised of renowned faculty committed to the study of legal theory and research, preparing students for careers in the judicial system, public service, and industry.
The College is redefining legal education through an experiential, interdisciplinary, and international approach to the law. By integrating rigorous academics with hands-on practice, the College is preparing its graduates to tackle the legal challenges—and leverage the opportunities— of the 21st century.
The (Associate) Director for Employer Relations is responsible for promoting the school and expanding employment opportunities for students and alumni in a range of employment sectors. The (Associate) Director for Employer Relations manages this growth by deepening existing relationships and developing new relationships externally and by enriching student engagement with the Career Office. The (Associate) Director for Employer Relations serves as an unofficial UC Hastings ambassador. The person in this position will have minimal supervision because s/he is responsible for overseeing the Career Office’s strategic engagement with employers. The (Associate) Director for Employer Relations meets with employers individually – without any supervision – and cultivates those relationships one- on-one. The (Associate) Director for Employer Relations will have weekly meetings with the Assistant Dean for the Office of Career & Professional Development to report on the status of these relationships and seek out advice and input when necessary.
Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
- Initiates, develops, and coordinates on-going outreach/marketing efforts to increase employment opportunities for law students and alumni by promoting all types of engagement with the school, including on-campus interview programs, large-scale career fairs, partnerships with student groups or faculty members, potential mentorships with current students, student group meetings or presentations and periodic newsletters to send to target employers and alumni;
- Develops, cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with employers and alumni in a range of employment sectors, including small and mid-size law firms, government agencies, non- profits and private companies;
- Generates employment opportunities for students and alumni by conducting outreach to employers, including in-person meetings and phone calls, written correspondence, marketing materials and event attendance;
- Creates and maintains close relationships with alumni, faculty and administration to optimize outreach efforts by sharing research regarding trends in the legal market, partnering on recruitment efforts for key employers and critical recruitment programs;
- Manages the annual Small & Mid-Size Firm Speed Networking Event, including conducting individual outreach to a database of over 500 attorneys, overseeing other staff to help with the execution of the event, developing promotional material to attorneys and students to increase attendance and emceeing the event;
- Develops processes to implement in the Career Office to gather and retain data about current students to maintain a robust resource for advising students on employment opportunities and for targeting prospective employers;
- Conducts targeted recruiting strategies for employers by analyzing data to identify appropriate students, contacting key faculty members for student recommendations, drafting compelling content to share with prospective candidates, partnering with student groups and by counseling potential candidates on application materials and interview preparation;
- Manages the post-graduate legal residency program by conducting employer outreach, student outreach, developing promotional materials and processes to run the program, generates reports capturing data of prior participating graduates and counsels and advises participating employers and recent graduates;
- Researches the job market to identify market trends and talent management issues to assist the counseling staff in providing current information to students and the Asst. Dean to target marketing efforts to professional employers and produces relevant reports;
- Creates and directs procedural information to students and employers regarding large-scale career fairs and other recruiting programs, including detailed student manuals, best practices guides and audio/visual resources;
- Manages the Recruiting Coordinator in all student outreach and social media strategies, fall and spring semester on-campus interview programs, and in troubleshooting recruiting issues that may arise with students and employers;
- Develops and presents professional development-related programming at Orientation and throughout the academic year;
- Serves and participates on key College-wide committees that impact student and alumni engagement, when applicable.
- Contributes to and enhances the reputation of the law school among employers through meaningful engagement at a leadership level in legal and professional associations such as the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association, National Association for Law Placement and local bar associations;
- Serves as liaison between student and alumni job seekers and employers to facilitate the recruitment process and maximize employment outcomes;
- Consults with students and employers on a regular basis regarding legal recruiting, market trends, interviewing, talent management issues and other marketing issues;
- Counsels students and alumni as needed on career and professional development topics to enrich engagement with the school, and the Career Office, more specifically;
- Manages the extensive employer database of over 10,000employers;
- Other related duties as may be assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Candidates must have a J.D. degree and a minimum of two years’ experience practicing law.
- Studies in Marketing a plus.
- Close familiarity with the Bay Area legal market is highly desirable.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Excellent relationship development and cultivation skills; outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- High level of self-motivation and direction and proven ability to take a creative and innovative approach to problem-solving
- Must work independently and collaboratively within a fast-paced, team environment
- Excellent high-level project management, organizational and information management skills, including use of recruiting software and databases, basic statistics and reporting software and basic data analytics tools
- Knowledge of the legal professional and the hiring needs of legal employers
- Ability to work with a diverse group of internal and external clients and constituencies
- Ability to plan, coordinate and manage multi-tasks
- Ability to be resourceful, forward thinking, strategic and innovative within a limited budget
- Interact professionally with all segments of the legal community and law school.
- Meet established deadlines
- Good listening and counseling skills
- Willing to work extra hours during peak periods
- Strong sense of humor a plus.
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
THE HIRING PROCESS
To Apply: Send resume and Cover letter to [email protected] the subject line “Director of Employer Relations”
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.