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Assistant Dean for Professional Formation

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

The Assistant Dean for Professional Formation envisions, creates, implements, and supports innovative strategies for the development and enhancement of professional formation and career opportunities for Pepperdine Caruso Law students and alumni. This is accomplished through leadership in the Parris Institute for Professional Excellence (“Parris”) and the Career Development Office (“CDO”). With vision and leadership, the Assistant Dean supervises and works closely with the Parris and CDO staff to accomplish the school’s career, professional formation, and leadership goals.


  • Teach professional formation classes to the first year class (up to 10 hrs per week), including substantive participation in Launch Week.
  • Support ongoing special programming directed towards upper year students.
  • Counsel first year students in character development, the role of faith and deeply held moral convictions in the legal profession, and reputation in the professional practice of law.
  • 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.
  • Guide CDO and law school staff in placing recently graduated 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 and relationships.
  • 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.
  • Guide the Parris Institute manager in research projects, facilitating participation in external research opportunities, and reviewing initial data on law student professional development, wellness, leadership, and character formation.
  • Creatively consider ways to expand the scope and reach of the institute in the legal profession by researching trends on legal professional development, wellness, leadership, and character formation to position the Parris Institute as a thought leader in the legal academy and broader community.
  • Supervise, and work with 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Support and contribute to the law school's mission, student and community service ideals, and overall goals and objectives. 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: Juris Doctor or LLM; Minimum three years of legal practice experience; minimum two years of teaching experience at high school, college, or post-graduate level; Leadership in faith-based, non-profit, or other character-driven entities; Excellent interpersonal, written, public speaking, and communication skills; Strong organizational abilities originating from a driven, results-oriented outlook; Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and administrators; 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 Parris Institute and CDO to diverse constituencies; The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines; Strong technology skills with ability to use Microsoft Office and other programs and applications.

Preferred: Three to five years teaching at post-graduate level; Legal employment market expertise and previous experience with career counseling, marketing, workshop planning, or administration. Demonstrated problem-solving abilities; A strong understanding of the conceptual frameworks of growth mindset, stereotype threat, and belonging; The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and administrators; Ability to take an energetic and creative approach to prepare students for professional opportunities and marketing them to potential employers while maintaining a student-centered, positive attitude.

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. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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