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Assistant Dean for Career Development

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: School of Law, Career Services

The Assistant Dean for Career Development envisions, creates, implements, and supports innovative strategies for the development and enhancement of career opportunities for Pepperdine Law students and alumni. The Assistant Dean will maintain a leadership role in the law school’s Parris Institute for Professional Formation. With vision and leadership, the Assistant Dean supervises and works closely with the Career Development Office (CDO) staff, who counsel and advise students and alumni in their career planning and job search goals.


  • Develop direct relationships and contacts, and foster effective outreach programs and working relationships, with employers, alumni, faculty, staff, and other placement professionals.
  • Continuously grow alumni and employer outreach programs and current job listings.
  • Directly place students and alumni with employers, driving excellence in law school’s student and graduate employment outcomes relative to peer and aspirational schools.
  • Encourage ongoing positive communications and relationships between students, alumni, and the CDO.
  • Plan and implement innovative marketing strategies to identify and solicit a diverse group of potential employers.
  • Work closely with the Alumni Affairs Office of Alumni Relations to cultivate and enhance employer and alumni relationships.
  • Regularly attend and help organize and facilitate alumni and employer networking functions.
  • Manage employment data collection and reporting to the ABA, NALP, and other entities.
  • Maintain general office supervision within the CDO, including managing the office budget and supervising and encouraging the professional development of the Career Counselors, Recruiting Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and student workers.
  • Direct, supervise, and work with Career Development Office (CDO) staff to counsel students and alumni in career planning, job searches, resume preparation, interviewing skills, and networking in the diverse legal market; coordinate training skills workshops, career forums, and alumni speaker programs; and manage the on-campus interview (OCI) and student recruiting programs.
  • Maintain and improve CDO databases and resource materials.
  • Regularly meet with, report to, and strategize with Associate Dean for Student Success and other law school administrators regarding above duties.
  • Support and contribute to the law school’s mission, student and community service ideals, and overall goals and objectives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor or LLM; Minimum two years of legal practice experience; Legal employment market expertise and previous experience with career counseling, marketing, workshop planning, or administration; Excellent interpersonal, written, public speaking, and communication skills; Strong problem-solving and organizational abilities; Driven, bottom-line, results-oriented outlook, and excellent interpersonal and motivational skills; Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work collaboratively with students, alumni, staff, faculty, administration, and employers; Ability to instruct, mentor, and assist in the professional development of staff and student workers; Ability to effectively communicate and market the services and programs of the CDO to students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff; Strong technology skills with ability to use Microsoft Office and other programs and applications.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening.

This is a regular, exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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