Associate Director, Public Interest & Externships, Law Career Development Job at The University of Baltimore , Baltimore, MD

  • The University of Baltimore
  • Baltimore, MD

Job Description

• excellent tuition remission benefits
• outstanding health benefits plans and rates
• at least 11 paid holidays each year
• 40 days of annual, personal, and sick leave each year, including 20+ annual leave days
• great retirement plans


The Associate Director, Public Interest & Externships will provide externship and general career coaching to UBalt Law students, with a focus on public interest careers and helping administer the UBalt Law Externship Program. Responsibilities include overseeing the public interest career programming, including state and local government programs, public service job fairs, and administering public interest funding programs. They would also coordinate the Pro Bono Challenge program, including identifying pro bono opportunities, collaborating with partners, supporting student involvement, and collecting and reporting on volunteer hours.  This role will include staffing the LCDO office and LCDO events as necessary. They will assist the Director of Externships in program management, including identifying and promoting opportunities, vetting placements, conducting site visits, and maintaining required data and records. The Associate Director will help maintain compliance with ABA Standards relevant to their role by training and communicating with field placement supervisors and students to ensure that field placements are meeting their learning objectives. 

We look forward to receiving your required electronic application with a cover letter and resume and learning about your interest in and qualifications for our vacancy.  Please save your required cover letter and resume as one document (please make the file name short and without spaces or special characters) and attach it in the resume location. To apply, visit Additional instructions below.


Key Responsibilities: 

Student and externship support: 
Provide one-on-one counseling to UBalt law students on externship and career search strategies, review resumes and application materials, provide coaching on interviewing, networking, and professional communication skills. Assist with externship and LCDO programming, including information sessions, panel presentations, trainings, networking opportunities and outreach to student groups.

Assist in Externship Program curricular administration, including providing support to adjunct faculty on syllabi, course pages, and curricular requirements.  

Employer Relations: 
Establish and nurture relations with public interest employers, including those in state and local government. Cultivate and promote opportunities, track externship approval process, identify and vet potential field placements, conduct site visits and supervisor training, and help maintain current employer data in the career management database. Promote regional public interest career fairs.

Manage Public Interest Fellowships: 
Process and administer accompanying grants. MLSC grant writing, promoting and publicizing opportunities, and serve as liaison to public service employers and funders. Manage public service internship and fellowship application and award processes.

Statistics and Reporting: 
Collect and analyze employment and externship data and statistics. Compile reports. Utilize computer database for employment reporting and information gathering.

LCDO Programming:
Coordinate the Pro Bono Challenge Program, including identifying pro bono opportunities, collaborating with clinic faculty to leverage community relationships, supporting student involvement, planning, and administering Alternative Spring Break, and collecting and reporting on volunteer hours. Serve as liaison with student organization, UBSPI.

Required Education and Experience 
Juris Doctor (JD) 
Experience: Five years or more in the practice of law or related professional experience.   

Preferred Education and Experience 
Experience in career development and placement strategies in the legal field, related industries or in an institution of higher education. 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, strong written and oral expression, and computer literacy including career services database software and online resources. Familiarity with the legal job market is preferred, as is previous experience in marketing, recruiting, and presentation and speaking skills.  Experience in placement or other student services function is preferred. Work requires strong communication, organizational, collaborative, and interpersonal skills. Work experience in government, public interest, career development and/or clinical programs at a law school would also be a plus. Passion for direct student services.



The University of Baltimore ("UBalt" or "University") does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected characteristics in its programs, activities or employment practices. UBalt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution.

We appreciate your interest in our recruitment. Please review the information below before you visit apply.

We need to receive your electronic application in our system by the vacancy closing date in order to consider you for the vacancy.  Information follows about submitting the electronic application and attaching your required cover letter and resume.

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The Candidate Gateway system serves as your connection to The University of Baltimore’s job application process. It is a free, safe and secure way for you to apply for the job you want, and it allows the Office of Human Resources to maintain accurate records. Your use of the system does not require you to surrender any of your rights to privacy or confidentiality during the application process. Only qualified members of UBalt’s Human Resources team and members of the relevant search committee can access your application information. The search committee will not have access to any information you provide to HR for affirmative action reporting purposes.

Please read and print the information below before you apply, and refer to it as you enter your application.



Before you apply:

• Save one PDF or Word file with your cover letter, resume, and any additional information you would like to have considered.

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•In Candidate Gateway: Click “Browse” to access the Word or PDF document you saved with all of your documents.
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The University of Baltimore ("UBalt" or "University") does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected characteristics in its programs, activities or employment practices. UBalt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Work experience placement, Internship, Local area,

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