The Michigan State University College of Law Seeks Assistant Dean for Career Development

The Michigan State University College of Law invites nominations of and applications from exceptional candidates for the position of Assistant Dean for Career Development.

We seek creative, dynamic, and engaging candidates who can provide vision and leadership toward our ultimate goal of increasing student professional success, both regionally and nationally.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Dean leads a team of six dedicated professionals in providing proactive, comprehensive career planning and advising services. The successful candidate will develop and implement a vision and strategic plan that expands employment opportunities for students in a changing and challenging legal marketplace. The Assistant Dean focuses on building students’ career search skills; markets the talents of MSU Law students to a wide range of private, government and public interest employers; engages faculty and alumni in support of the mission; and develops an ambitious program directed at expanding internships, judicial clerkships, and job opportunities through on- and off-campus recruitment programs and other initiatives.

The Assistant Dean is a vital member of the LawCollege’s senior management team and works collaboratively with the Dean, Admissions, Student Engagement, Alumni Relations, and faculty and administrative colleagues. The Assistant Dean establishes short and long-range department goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; oversees collection, analysis, and reporting of employment data; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; identifies and implements changes required for improvement; counsels students and alumni on career strategies; develops programming to promote law practice skills and related matters; and works closely with the Externship Program Director.

Other duties of the Assistant Dean include strategic allocation of resources based on data analysis and mission; the effective use of technology for communications, marketing, and tracking purposes, including social media and specialized database systems; and development and evaluation of a post-graduate fellowship program.

The Assistant Dean for Career Development reports directly to the Dean of the Law College.


Candidates must have a record of success in law practice, legal academia, law school career services or within the legal recruiting industry, or the equivalent in a related industry. The successful candidate will have the skills and ambition to extend a strong network of contacts in the legal community, both inside and outside of Michigan; a track record of delivering outstanding results through professional positions in career services, and/or legal, corporate, government or public sector management, with demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience; a commitment and ambition to provide students with a comprehensive array of services to enable them to launch meaningful and successful careers; the ability and energy to develop and implement innovative initiatives that anticipate and adapt quickly and creatively to shifting dynamics in the marketplace; and the ability to foster engagement with students, faculty and alumni. Other requirements include a strong marketing and management background, and superior organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.

An advanced degree is required and a JD is strongly preferred.

About Michigan  State University College of Law:

MSU Law is a dynamic, student-centered academic community. Michigan State College of Law offers a legal education that challenges students’ intellect, broadens their experiences, and prepares them for successful and rewarding careers. Cutting-edge faculty research and new initiatives focused on vital issues such as ethics, food and agriculture, human rights, indigenous rights, intellectual property, law and technology, and entrepreneurial lawyering provide rich learning opportunities for our students and fuel the LawCollege’s expanding national and international reputation and reach.

The Law College is perfectly situated in the heart of a Big Ten university, just minutes from the state capitol and within close proximity to Detroit, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

The student body is made up of approximately 900 J.D. students and 70 students enrolled in various Master of Laws and Master of Jurisprudence programs. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the J.D. program are from Michigan, 45 percent are from states outside of Michigan, and 5 percent are international students.

Additional information regarding MSU Law can be found here.

For application process, please visit Symplicity. Applications should be submitted by May 1, 2014.