Senior Assistant Dean for Career Development, School of Law

  • University of Virginia
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
  • Mar 28, 2024
Full time Education Executive

Job Description

Senior Assistant Dean for Career Development, School of Law

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks a Senior Assistant Dean for Career Development to lead its Career Development offices.

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 career outcomes for recent graduates and also in the quality of student life. The Law School’s robust, comprehensive, student-focused Career Development program is a critical component of UVA Law’s consistent success in both of these areas.

A senior leader at the Law School and an integral member of the Law School’s student services team, the Senior Assistant Dean for Career Development is responsible for managing the Office of Private Practice as well as providing strategic leadership and oversight of the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center and the Office of Judicial Clerkships. These three Career Development teams work collaboratively and provide year-round support to approximately 900 JD students each year, as well as to graduates of the Law School, helping them identify and construct their legal career paths and build their professional identity.

Responsibilities include:

Strategic Vision / Planning:

  • Understand current legal markets and stay abreast of trends to work proactively in anticipation of upcoming market shifts.
  • Embrace a holistic view of legal career development, responsive to students' changing needs and interests at varying stages of career development.

Managerial and Operational:

  • Foster and train high-performing, collaborative teams.
  • Cultivate teams who welcome and work with diverse constituencies, and who are committed to supporting students as they develop their professional identities and enter the legal profession.
  • Manage the employees and resources of the Office of Private Practice, the Public Service Center and the Office of Judicial Clerkships.
  • Responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting of employment outcomes and other metrics.

Career Counseling / Advising / Programming:

  • Oversee design and delivery of personalized and group career strategy and support services to J.D. students and recent graduates of the Law School. This includes one-on-one counseling, group programming, and digital and print resources.
  • Personally counsel students and lead group programs and panels.
  • Oversee successful design, development, and execution of on-grounds interview programs, mock interview programs, networking events, and clerkship application processes.
  • Reinforce the Law School’s commitment to cultivating lawyers committed to professionalism, integrity, and service.

Relationship Building:

  • Create and nurture relationships with local, regional, national and international legal employers.
  • Represent Career Development and the Law School to alumni, prospective and admitted students, professional organizations (NALP) and peer schools.
  • Collaborate with other student services offices at the Law School to provide an excellent student experience and to prepare students for success after law school.

The successful candidate will have 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, faculty, staff, graduates, and legal employers; exceptional communication skills; superior project management and teamwork skills; and the ability to bring a positive and enthusiastic presence to a fast-paced but team-oriented and collegial environment.

Required Education and Experience:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school plus 9 years’ relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated record of successful and progressively responsible leadership in legal practice, legal recruiting, or higher education administration.

Preferred Experience:

  • Previous supervisory or program management experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with legal recruiting strongly preferred.
  • Experience in higher education, particularly legal education, a plus.

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.

To Apply:

Apply online at Development-School-of-Law. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile. Complete the application, and upload the following:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume

*** 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.***

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

Questions regarding the position should be directed to George Geis, Professor, School of Law at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Marcus Rozier, Academic Recruiter at

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