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Director of Career Development, Public Sector Careers - School of Law - 500571

SUMMARY:  ** Cover letter required when applying for this position **

The Director for Public Sector Careers will design and implement a comprehensive career development program for students pursuing opportunities within government agencies, non-profit organizations, and the judiciary. The Director also will design and implement a state and federal judicial clerkship application and advising program in collaboration with the faculty judicial clerkship committee. 


Career Advising:

Advise students and alumni in one-on-one meetings and group settings on all aspects of the legal career and professional development process.

Plan and implement strategies and workshops to coach and direct students about best practices during the employment search process, including effective self-presentation.

Develop and deliver a comprehensive program to prepare students for in-person and virtual interviews.

Conduct research, promote and advise students regarding government, public interest, judicial internship/clerkship opportunities and post-graduate, public interest fellowships.

Program Development: 

Design and implement a comprehensive legal career planning support system for students and alumni pursuing government and non-profit careers and judicial internships/clerkships, including the necessary resources, such as an informative and interactive website, and a database of professional contacts available to assist students and alumni throughout the employment search.

Design and implement career-related programs identifying required competencies and outlining best practices for securing employment in the public sector, incorporating perspectives from leading public interest and government practitioners and judges from the community.

Develop the School of Law judicial clerkship application process and implement such process in collaboration with the faculty judicial clerkship committee, Career Development Office and Law School staff.

Alumni/Employer Outreach:

Develop and maintain relationships with public sector employers, including government agencies, public interest organizations and judges, through regular in-person and virtual contact.

Create materials to be used in connection with outreach meetings about School of Law programs and resources designed to train students for careers as successful lawyers in public interest organizations, government agencies and in the judiciary. 

Represent the Career Development Office and the School of Law to numerous constituencies, including current and prospective employers, judges, alumni, other career services professionals and professional organizations such as Equal Justice Works and NALP.


Knowledge of legal public sector employment market, legal hiring practices and state and federal judicial clerkship application processes and trends.

A demonstrated passion for public service and public sector careers.

Creativity, initiative, energy and professionalism.

Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills.

Ability to design comprehensive educational programs focused on public service and public sector careers.

Excellent organizational and project management skills.

Effective time management skills.

Attention to detail.

Ability to juggle multiple projects effectively.

Ability to work well independently and as part of a team including faculty, administrators, and other staff members in a fast-paced environment.

Solid computer skills, including use of the MSWord Suite and familiarity with web-based software.

Prior experience in legal practice, career advising, or legal recruiting strongly preferred.


J.D. required.

3-5 years of law practice experience within a public interest organization or governmental agency and judicial clerkship experience strongly preferred.

Experience in higher education administration a plus.


Full-time, exempt position

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 7.75 hours a day; 38.75 hours per week

Occasional night and weekend work and some travel required

Pay Grade 9 (Hiring Range $70,887.00 to $97,475.000 annually)


The University of Richmond requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff. The University allows exemptions to this requirement for religious, medical and strong personal conviction reasons. All newly hired employees must report their status within the first two weeks of employment.


At the University of Richmond, we’re creative, inclusive, and determined. We’re Spiders, and our mission is to create positive change in the UR community and beyond. Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond ( blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. There’s only one place like Richmond.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE