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Senior Director, Career Development Office

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Career Development and Services

Posting Number: req12157

Department: Law Administration

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law seeks applicants for the position of Senior Director, Career Development Office (CDO). The CDO is one of the largest student services offices at the Law College, providing important career and professional development training, programs, and advising for Arizona Law's students and alumni. The primary responsibility in this position will be to assist the Assistant Dean in supervising and managing a large, talented, and professional-track CDO staff, including the recruitment, selection, training, project management and evaluation of team members. Another primary focus will be advising students and alumni, particularly those with career interests related to the incumbent's areas of expertise and forging and growing relationships with employers related to those career paths. The new Sr. Director will also compile and analyze data, using it to develop strategies for achieving the CDO's goals for outstanding summer and post-graduate employment outcomes.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist Assistant Dean of Career Development in supervising and managing the CDO team, with particular focus on their activities related to departmental programming
  • Assist in recruitment, selection, training, project management and evaluation of a large, professional-track team
  • Contribute to budget development and administration, particularly related to departmental programming
  • Student and alumni career advising and related employer communication:
    • Provide individual career advising to law students and alumni to assist them in achieving short- and long-term career goals. In advising current students, the Sr. Director will often work specifically with students whose career interests align with the incumbent's areas of expertise. Advising will incorporate advanced knowledge of the legal employment market and will require staying on top of new trends
    • Develop and grow relationships with employers related to the incumbent's areas of expertise
    • Develop, administer, and oversee department programming, budget, and other resources
    • Review student materials, conduct mock interviews, and collect data on summer and post-graduate employment
  • Compile and analyze data related to student and graduate career interests, as well as summer and post-graduate employment outcomes, to inform CDO programming, advising, outreach, goal-setting, and other strategies
  • Advising the direction of the department will require investigation and analysis of multiple models and alternatives, as well as developing creative/innovative solutions
  • Develop and administer CDO stipend programs, which are aimed at eliminating obstacles students face in reaching their career goals
  • Represent the Law College in national, state, and local organizations to further the school's positive reputation in legal communities
  • Assist the Law College Admissions, Global and other departments in their efforts to recruit, retain and provide value to prospective and current students
  • Assist the CDO at special events, which take place approximately eight times per year and often require travel and work outside normal business hours
  • Stay current on national and regional trends in the legal employment market
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written, 1:1 verbal, and public speaking skills, including relaying concise and accurate information to stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the legal job market and the law school experience
  • Track record of successful supervisory experience
  • Excellent event management skills
  • Ability to deal with students and colleagues in a sensitive and empathetic manner
  • Ability to provide constructive feedback. Excellent time management skills
  • Dedication to following through on commitments and following up with collaborators
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively to help the CDO meet its programming, outreach, employment outcomes, and other goals
  • Ability to represent the Law College professionally during work-related events with outside collaborators
  • Ability to keep protected information confidential
  • Ability to understand and maximize technology and software common in law school settings, including 12Twenty, FloRecruit, Trellis, Qualtrics, and others
  • Ability to travel up to once per month to Phoenix and other, national locations
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise on legal job market and law school curriculum/administration

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree required
  • Minimum of 7 years of related work experience, including 3 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree
  • 7 years' experience in legal practice and/or higher education including 3 years supervisory experience
  • Experience operating within a budget in a higher education setting

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Student Services

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $59,005 - $80,542 DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Career Strategies

Job Function

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Heather Spielmaker

Assistant Dean of Career Development

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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