Posted: Sep 21, 2022

Assistant Director of Public Interest

Salary: $60,000.00 - $70,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Oct 14, 2022

The University of Minnesota Law School Career Center team is committed to educating students on the legal profession and developing skills to empower lifelong career success. The Career Center provides one-to-one student career counseling tailored to individual interests, a dedicated employer relations team, and public interest and clerkship resources. Students are supported in their career goals through numerous recruiting programs, panels and workshops, practice interview programs, and individual counseling sessions. Employers recognize that Minnesota Law graduates are well prepared to meet the challenges of today’s complex legal and business world. Graduates enjoy success in obtaining jobs in the private sector, in government, in public interest, and judicial clerkships nationwide.
The Assistant Director, Public Interest has primary responsibility for overseeing all public interest career support for JD students at the Law School. The Assistant Director, Public Interest delivers services regarding comprehensive career and professional development initiatives for JD students exploring careers in government, nonprofit, and other public interest career paths. The Assistant Director provides specialized professional development counseling to students via direct individual counseling, group programs, and/or video and electronic communications. The Assistant Director plans and organizes programs on varying public interest-career-related topics and will broaden and deepen relationships with employers, faculty, donors, and student organizations related to public interest work. Additional responsibilities include solicitation of employment data and other employment compliance requests.  The Law School is proud to serve a diverse and varied group of internal and external constituents. This candidate will need to work effectively across these diverse communities. 


This is an annually renewable, 12-month, academic professional position.  The salary is dependent upon experience and the range is $60,000 - $70,000. 



Counseling & Advising (60%)

  • Provide expert-level individual counseling for an assigned cohort of approximately 150 JD students and alumni as needed, tracking career development needs from 1L year through 10 months after graduation
  • In addition to assigned cohort, serve as the public interest expert/adviser for all students interested in public interest careers
  • Provide one-on-one counseling to JD students interested in public interest careers and public interest post-graduate fellowships.  Provide guidance in job search strategies, career planning, and professional development, including feedback on application materials, interviewing, navigating offers, and short-term and long-term search strategies
  • Serve as a resource and support for other Career Center counselors, providing training and support around legal public interest and government career paths
  • Advise and monitor the Robina Public Interest Scholars throughout their time in law school
  • Track student outcomes through the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program, and other public interest programs

Program and Resource Development (20%) 

  • Develop national and local ties to public interest communities, including Equal Justice Works, the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and the Public Interest Law Initiative 
  • Partner with relevant stakeholders, including alumni in public interest work and local and national public interest employers, faculty, and students to develop public interest support and community at the Law School
  • In collaboration with the Employer Relations team, identify employers to target and participate in creating outreach plans to build employment contacts and networks. Collaborate with federal, state, and public interest employers  to create processes for applications, and promote opportunities for students
  • Collaborate with Admissions with marketing and outreach to prospective students interested in public service, including the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program
  • Partner with the Recruiting & Diversity Coordinator to coordinate and manage post-graduate and summer stipend fellowships; collaborate with Finance and Advancement on donor requirements and funding administration
  • Develop and provide career development programming related to public interest work and job searches 
  • Create web-based, print, and video resources, related to careers in public interest work, including updates and resources for the Career Center’s Google Site 

Information Gathering, Development, & Marketing (20%)

  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders in Advancement, Employer Relations, Communications, and Admissions to effectuate strategies to communicate the value of the Law School’s public interest offerings
  • Collaborate with Advancement on donor relationship support and strategies for funding to support public interest work 
  • Research public sector legal market and job trends for JD students. Keeps abreast of current information and technology relevant to preparing law students for employment. Maintain involvement in professional associations including NALP, Equal Justice Works, and other public interest-focused professional associations
  • Participate in the compilation of employment data for annual employment report and salary surveys through NALP, US News, Princeton Review, and American Bar Association compliance. Become proficient with applicable aspects of Symplicity, the Career Center’s Management System
  • Assume responsibility of assigned cohort of law students for tracking compliance with Career Center employment reporting and track internal data, particularly in regards to summer and post-graduate employment, and participation in career fairs and diversity programs. 
  • Monitor public sector legal employment trends
  • Track and report applications, interviews, and attendance for public interest career conferences, public interest in on and off-campus interviews, the Minnesota Justice Foundation Summer Clerkship Program, the US DOJ Honors and SLIP programs, and national post-graduate fellowship programs
  • Track data on public sector trends and hiring and collaborate with Admissions, Communications, & Advancement to promote our successes
  • Update national databases, NALP guides, and other national law school resources with the Law School’s public sector data
  • Utilize Symplicity database to maintain counseling notes
  • Participate in the development of Career Center’s social media, website, newsletters, and list-serves