Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law offers students a forward-looking and personalized approach to legal education. The school is experiencing tremendous momentum, marked by significant gains in incoming students' credentials, graduates' employment outcomes, and fundraising. Over the past three years, incoming students' median LSAT score has increased 3 points and their median GPA has risen a quarter of a point. During the same timeframe, the Fowler School of Law received four separate $1 million gifts. These funds are being utilized to support faculty initiatives, provide new student scholarships, expand our nationally recognized bar preparation program, and enhance law school facilities for students, including the brand new Center for Student Engagement (CSE). The CSE houses Career Services, Student Affairs, and Academic Achievement, three areas that are critical for student success. This inviting, new center encourages collaboration and fosters creative synergies, achieving greater levels of personalized student support and engagement. This position will play an important role in advancing the goals of the school.
Work closely with Assistant Dean to develop and implement strategies for career advising, employer outreach, and programming services for law students and alumni, covering traditional and alternative careers and professional development topics. Meet with and advise individual law students; communicate comprehensive career information to students and alumni through multiple platforms; foster partnerships with faculty, alumni, students, and employers; create job search and networking strategies; and manage career-related programs. Develop and maintain relationships with employers and assist with career services administration responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.
- Director – the following experience and education are required: (1) Juris Doctor degree; or equivalent combination of education and work experience and (2) minimum of three years of experience in a law school career service office as an Associate Director (or an equivalent or higher role); and (3) a minimum of three years of experience in a judicial clerkship or as a licensed attorney at a law firm or other legal work setting (e.g., in-house legal department).
- Associate Director – the following experience and education are required: (1) Juris Doctor degree; or equivalent combination of education and work experience and (2) a minimum of three years of higher education experience, preferably in a career services office; and (3) a minimum of three years of experience in a judicial clerkship or as a licensed attorney at a law firm or other legal work setting (e.g., in-house legal department).
- Current knowledge of and the ability to remain abreast of employment trends in general and of the legal market locally, nationally, and globally in both traditional and non-traditional employment.
- Understanding of legal education with comprehension of legal academic requirements and requirements for entrance to the state bar.
- Knowledge of best practices in legal recruiting and current trends in the legal profession.
- Ability to support students, develop a good rapport with students, and engage in candid discussions about various aspects of their job searches.
- Proven ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and database software, preferably of Microsoft Office Suite applications. Technical ability to learn and use enterprise software.
- Ability to positively represent Chapman University and the Fowler School of Law. Ability to proactively market the Fowler School of Law, students, and alumni to attorneys, firms, corporations, government agencies, the judiciary, public interest organizations, and other potential employers.
- Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in working together with other team members to devise, analyze, modify, implement, and evaluate programs, materials, and procedures.
- Strong problem solving and analytical skills; experience in interpreting data and using information to guide informed decision making.
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to interact, communicate, and persuade diverse groups and individuals at all levels.
- Ability to read, understand and interpret laws, policies and procedures, and provide appropriate and accurate guidance as well as ensure compliance.
- Strong attention to detail and organizational skills to prioritize multiple and competing demands and complete them in a timely manner.
- Ability to work independently, exercise good judgment, and use discretion in matters pertaining to all aspects of office administration and student/alumni communication.
- Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy, maintain confidentiality, and follow FERPA regulations.
- Ability to work occasional weekends and evening hours, as needed.
- Ability to travel locally to conduct employer outreach in the Southern California legal community and to travel more extensively on occasion, as required by the position.
Familiarity with Southern California legal job market with proven experience in growing employer contacts and translating them into employment opportunities.
Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas.
The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.
Internal Number: 20759
About Chapman University
Chapman University is one of California's oldest and most respected private universities, offering distinguished undergraduate and graduate degrees in the context of a liberal arts and sciences university. For more than 150 years, Chapman University has served as a symbol of educational access and excellence in the state of California. Founded as Hesperian College in 1861 in Woodland, California by members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we admitted men and women and people of color from our earliest days. Endowed by the Valencia orange magnate Charles Clarke Chapman, the institution changed its name to Chapman College in 1934, and by 1954 had moved to the former campus of Orange Union High School in Orange, California. The college again extended higher educational access when it began offering classes to military personnel at El Toro Marine Base.In 1965, Chapman took undergraduate education to the high seas when it began running World Campus Afloat, the program that would eventually become Semester at Sea, a tradition that continues at Chapman through our world-wide study abroad programs.Since our founding, Chapman has grown into a highly regarded university that at...tracts high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students from all over the United States, and more than 60 nations around the world.Our mission statement: To provide personalized education of distinction that leads to inquiring, ethical and productive lives as global citizens.