The Center for Professional and Leadership Development at the University of Washington School of Law Seeks Assistant Director


The Center for Professional and Leadership Development at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle has an Assistant Director position open. The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions.

Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.

The UW School of Law has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director for the Center for Professional and Leadership Development. The Center for Professional and Leadership Development at the UW School of Law has an important mission in preparing law students for their professional transition in becoming lawyers and leaders in a variety of careers. Through a
rigorous and innovative approach in career planning, education, and leadership, students receive individualized attention in their career development. The Assistant Director is responsible for the following: a leadership-focused career coaching program for students and alumni, development of job search skills and strategies, creation and coordination of career related workshops
and forums, development of relationships and employment opportunities with potential employers and effective working relationships with students, alumni, staff and recruitment professionals.


Career Advising:

  • Provides career counseling and mentoring to students and alumni.
  • Coordinates  participation in job fairs, speaker series, and other programs designed to  provide information about legal careers.
  • Reviews cover letters and resumes.
  • Advises students regarding concentration tracks suited to their interests.
  • Collaborates with Center for Public Service Law on programming offerings relating to career opportunities.
  • Assists law school Admissions Office by advising prospective students about  legal careers.
  • Develops working relationships with various student groups and the Law School’s  Student Bar Association guidance for student organizations.


  • Develop and manage a variety of programs relating to cultivating career opportunities and leadership. This includes building relationships with potential speakers, doing public promotion, scheduling, reserving rooms, arranging security, and hospitality.

Reporting & Resource administration for Center for Professional and Leadership Development:

  • Maintain detailed statistical information, on employment outcomes for JD students and recent graduates.
  • Develop in coordination with the Assistant Dean, processes, reports, and programs that track employment outcomes.
  • Acquire or develop resources appropriate for JD students, clerkship applicants and alumni, including: directories, and/or databases of law firms, attorneys and alumni/ae practicing in areas related to the graduate programs and clerkships.

Community engagement and outreach:

  • Fosters relationships with legal community.
  • Participates in local bar and attends bar events and meetings as needed.
  • Fosters relationships with faculty and staff at the law school and across campus.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A JD and a minimum of three years of legal experience in· any of the following: law firm, public agency, non-profit organization, educational institution or equivalent.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.·
  • Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse· communities.
  • Requires strong computer skills including working with MS· Office and database management programs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.·
  • Ability to work independently and professionally under the· pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Familiarity with the legal job market.·
  • Previous experience in career coaching, marketing,· workshop planning or higher education administration.
  • Understanding of student advising.·
  • International or volunteer· work experience.

Apply for this job online.