Job Posting: (Associate) Director of Public Interest and Public Service Programs

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.


Depending on experience, this hire will be hired at either the Associate Director or Director level. The remainder of this job description uses the term Director, but the duties are the same under both titles.
The Director for Public Interest and Public Service Programs oversees and manages programs, resources and advising to support and promote students and alumni pursuing non-profit and government careers.
The Director designs, coordinates and will expand programming for law students and alumni relating to public interest and public service opportunities, post graduate fellowships, post-graduate judicial clerkships, summer funding, career development/transitions and starting their own law practices. As a Director, the person in this position will have minimal supervision because they will be responsible for managing the programs and resources within this portfolio, however, the work regarding post-graduate judicial clerkships will require significant collaboration with the faculty Employment & Clerkships Committee. The Director will have regular meetings with the Assistant Dean for the Career Development Office, under whose department it is directly housed, and will be involved in other Career Office efforts and programming.

The Director will need to assess and continuously improve the programs, resources and advising tools and approaches to support student and alumni career and professional development within this arena and will work with other constituencies, including faculty, faculty committees, the clinics and centers, and other departments to promote these goals and to integrate efforts across all sectors of the campus.


We have an array of existing programs that need to be implemented. But we’re really looking for someone who can assess the efficacy of current programming, can articulate a vision for public interest, public service, and clerkships programming that has a transformative effect on the student experience and employment outcomes, and can creatively integrate that vision into our very collaborative CDO.
Typical duties include but are not necessarily limited to the following:



The following education and experiences are required:
·         JD Degree and at least three years of legal practice;
·         Demonstrated experience in delivering group presentations and in preparing written career related materials;
·         Strong project management experience including supervisory and training; and
·         Knowledge of public interest legal services market. It is preferable but not required if applicants have the additional experience:
·         One year of group and individual career counseling experience in law placement in an institution of higher education or other legal environment;
·         A prior judicial clerkship after graduating from law school; a judicial externship while in law school; and/or experience working with, and possibly hiring for judges;
·         Close familiarity with the Bay Area legal market;
·         Past Public Interest and/or Government experience is highly desired;
·         Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities (including counseling, out reach and programming);and coaching experience and certification.



Health and Welfare Benefits
For your Financial Future
For your Work/Life Balance


To Apply:

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.
U 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.