Assistant Dean, Career Services

  • Boston College Law School
  • Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA, USA
  • Jan 19, 2023
Full time Education

Job Description

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

The Assistant Dean will serve the mission of the Career Services Office (CSO) to educate and empower our law students in their job searches and continuing career development. The Assistant Dean represents the Law School to internal and external constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, the legal community, potential employers, and the public. The CSO provides career planning and advising services to approximately 800 J.D. students and to our alumni population. In addition to overseeing the administration and organization of the CSO, the Assistant Dean will provide leadership, direction, and strategic vision for the office.

The Assistant Dean must stay apprised of the national legal market and legal career trends, and develop new career services and professional development initiatives in response to evolving student needs. The Assistant Dean will also develop and refine student and office policies and procedures relating to career development issues and trends.

The Assistant Dean reports to the Associate Dean for Strategic & Student Affairs.

Additional key responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the staff of experienced career advisors, develop and implement strategies to ensure the consistent delivery of innovative and high-quality career advising and programming to students.
  • Collaborate with faculty and other administrative offices throughout the law school on program development and delivery, including 1L orientation, admitted student events, alumni events, and student affinity group programming.
  • Work with the Boston College Law School Advancement team, the Alumni Board and other alumni groups and individuals to provide opportunities for networking and mentoring for our students and our graduates.
  • Represent and serve as spokesperson for the CSO at various internal and external functions.
  • Moderate panels and present at various CSO events and programs throughout the year.
  • Work closely with the Director of Recruitment and Employer Outreach to plan and organize all on- and off-campus recruiting programs, including establishing an annual recruiting calendar and developing and updating student and employer recruiting policies.
  • Represent Boston College Law School to legal employers, both nationally and locally. Work with employers and prospective employers to develop opportunities for Boston College Law School students and graduates.
  • Oversee collection, review, submission and analysis of employment data.
  • Interpret and communicate information and data regarding employment outcomes to key constituencies within the institution.
  • Manage office budget and oversee the utilization, evaluation, and procurement of the CSO’s technology resources.
  • Provides oversight for and develops strategies regarding internal and external office communications.


  • A Juris Doctor is required as well as several years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Eight years of experience in career counseling and/or legal recruitment
  • Extensive knowledge of the legal employment market is required.
  • Several years of prior leadership experience in directing career services/recruitment office and managing staff is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including a sense of vision, operational and strategic planning, budget management, project management and staff development is required.
  • Must have experience in presenting and developing programs and presentations, particularly relating to the legal employment market.
  • Excellent management skills required as well as the ability to develop consensus among staff and the willingness to assist staff whenever needed.
  • The ability to work independently and develop initiatives is crucial.
  • Candidates must have a high degree of empathy for students, must be enthusiastic, energetic, and entrepreneurial.
  • Flexibility, the ability to manage multiple projects under pressure, and the ability to balance priorities are essential. Candidates must demonstrate strong organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Candidates must have strong technical capabilities, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Google suites, and Zoom, and the ability to effectively and efficiently learn and utilize other tools such as 12Twenty, Symplicity, OSCAR, and more.
  • Travel, evening, and weekend hours required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and a resume.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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