Assistant Dean for Public Service and Director, Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center, School of Law

  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Mar 01, 2024
Full time Education

Job Description

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks to hire an Assistant Dean for Public Service and Director of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center (PSC). Known for its unique combination of academic excellence, professionalism and collegiality, the University of Virginia School of Law consistently ranks as one of the nation’s premier law schools for public service and also in the quality of student life. The PSC is a critical component of UVA Law’s consistent success in both of these areas.

The Assistant Dean for Public Service leads the Law School’s efforts to create an integrated program of career advising and development to students who are pursuing public service internships, externships, and/or postgraduate careers. As director of the PSC, the Assistant Dean provides strategic direction for, and day-to-day management of, the work performed by the PSC’s attorney directors and its administrative assistant director. The Center’s work includes: counseling and assisting students and law school graduates on all facets of their career searches; conducting public sector interview programs and employer outreach; creating educational programming and resources for students; administering summer and postgraduate fellowships and grants; advising student organizations about public service-related matters; and, gathering and reporting data on graduate employment. As one of the attorney counselors in the PSC, the Assistant Dean also engages directly in student and graduate counseling as well as in the broad range of activities performed by the Center. The Assistant Dean also partners with the Office of Private Practice and the Office of Judicial Clerkships on matters affecting employment and employers. The Assistant Dean will also work in close coordination with the faculty director of the Law School’s curricular Program in Law and Public Service on matters affecting school-wide public service programs.

J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, plus a minimum of seven years’ relevant experience required.

At least five years of experience working in a public service law practice following graduation from law school, plus at least two years of postgraduate experience in any combination of legal practice (private sector, public service, or judicial clerkship), and/or student services higher education administration, strongly preferred. Public service law practice is defined broadly to include legal employment by government agencies and/or nonprofit organizations.

Preferred experience includes: experience mentoring attorneys or law students; and experience participating in the hiring and recruitment of attorneys or law students.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualities: demonstrated strength as a collaborative, innovative, and effective leader; superior problem-solving and conflict resolution skills; the ability to establish professional credibility and trust within a diverse community of students, graduates, and employers; exceptional interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills; exceptional writing skills, including the ability to provide effective critiques of students’ writing; superior project management and teamwork skills; and the ability to work diligently on multiple projects in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
This is a full-time University Executive & Senior Administrative Staff position with benefits. This position requires most work to be performed in person at the Law School, with the opportunity to perform a limited amount of work remotely in accordance with Law School policy.

The Law School is located in Charlottesville, VA, a college town setting with natural beauty and significant historical relevance in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville is a wonderful place to live with an extraordinary quality of life, often ranked among the best places to live in the United States. For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

To Apply:
Apply online using the following link: of-Law. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following:
•Cover letter
•Names and contact information for three professional references.

*** Please note that ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the resume submission field, and you can combine documents into one PDF. ***

***Applications that do not have all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For questions about the position, please contact Annie Kim, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Public Service at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.