Director of Public Service

  • University of Virginia
  • Jul 26, 2021
Full time Education Legal Management

Job Description

R0026253 Director of Public Service, School of Law

The University of Virginia School of Law seeks to hire a Director of Public Service within the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center (PSC).  The Director of Public Service will be responsible for highly individualized counseling to students and Law School graduates on public service searches, employer outreach, the creation of resources and programming, and additional projects as assigned by the Assistant Dean for Public Service. The incumbent will work closely with other members of the Public Service Center, the Office of Private Practice, and the Office of Judicial Clerkships.

The PSC provides guidance to law students on all facets of their search for summer and postgraduate positions with public service employers. This includes counseling students on job searches and professional development; providing information on, and assisting in applying for, available positions; facilitating on-Grounds interviews; and creating career-related programming. The PSC also provides assistance to graduates of the Law School on career searches and transitions. In addition to its counseling-centered work, the PSC administers the Law School’s public service summer and postgraduate fellowship programs, and it coordinates financial support programs such as a public service student interview travel reimbursement program.

A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school is required. Candidates must have at least three years of experience working in a law practice following graduation from law school, with at least one year in a public service law practice (government or nonprofit employer). Preferred experience includes: at least five years of law practice, at least three of which are in public service; and legal experience in indigent defense, criminal justice reform, or nonprofit advocacy.

The candidate must also have substantial knowledge of or experience in one or more sectors of public service employment, such as indigent defense, nonprofit advocacy, and civil legal services; superior communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to establish professional credibility and trust within a diverse community of students, graduates, and employers; exceptional writing skills, including the ability to provide effective critiques of students’ writing; superior project management, client relations, and teamwork skills; and the ability to work diligently in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check prior to their start date per University policy.


Apply online at search for requisition # R0026523, Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.  Complete the application, and attach the following:

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

    • Cover letter
    • CV/resume
    • Names and contact information for three professional references.

 **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.

For questions about the position, please contact Annie Kim, Assistant Dean for Public Service, at  Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at