University of Alberta

Director of Career Services

Faculty of Law

Competition No.  -    A101931777D1
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Founded in 1912, the Faculty of Law is the oldest law school in Western Canada. The Faculty benefits from its place of prominence within and from opportunities for collaboration with other members of the University of Alberta, a public, research-intensive university recognized by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2015 as one of the top four in Canada and among the top 100 public research universities worldwide.

This Director of Career Services will serve over 525 students who are registered at the Faculty of Law, as well as prospective students, Law student clubs and groups, 30 full-time faculty, 65 sessional instructors, U of A Law Alumni, and law firms from across Canada. Relationships with the Canadian Legal Career Development Network (CLCDN) and the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) will be established and maintained to ensure the Faculty of Law is represented in its dealings with local, national and international employers, alumni and the community at large.

The Director of Career Services reports to the Dean of Law.  The incumbent of this position provides leadership and direction for all operations of a full-service, comprehensive Career Services Office.

Career Development Programs and Services

The Director provides strategic leadership with the goal of enhancing the quality of opportunities and resources available to Juris Doctor (JD) students, counsels students about market trends and hiring practices in Alberta, and other national and international markets for career options for legal professionals, as well as leadership opportunities and clerkships with all levels of court.

Communication and Liaison

The Director develops and maintains relationships with external groups (law firms, government, non-government agencies, etc.) and alumni to raise the visibility of University of Alberta Law students, and enhance local, national and international student opportunities.  This position will also market and promote the Faculty of Law to employers and potential employers in local, national and international legal and business communities and the public sector. In addition, the Director will maintain close relationships with professional associations including National Association of Law Placement, Canadian Legal Career Development Network, Canadian Bar Association, and the Law Society of Alberta.

Administration and Reporting

Taking a strategic approach, the Director will track and evaluate employment results, analyze data to identify trends and career patterns, make recommendations to address emerging priorities, and draft year-end reports to provide information regarding job search activities of all law students and priorities for meeting student needs. This position will also manage the budget for the Career Services Office and supervise staff.

Career Counseling

Day-to-day interactions include discussing individual career plans and job search strategies with students to provide information regarding full-time and summer student employment opportunities and alternatives. In addition, the Director advises students about how to prepare resumes and cover letters suitable for a professional legal position, how to market themselves during an interview, and how to network. The position will also organize and manage career fairs, receptions and events for students and the law profession to provide students with the opportunity to liaise with firm representatives, and provide the Faculty of Law with an opportunity to liaise with alumni and friends of the Faculty.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, self-directed professional, have a Law degree or Canadian equivalency with membership in the Law Society of Alberta preferred. They will also have experience and an in-depth knowledge of the legal community and labour market with 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in marketing, public relations, networking and relationship-building. Qualifications of a successful candidate will also include:

  • Career or academic counseling experience, preferably in a client-oriented environment
  • Strong organizational, analytical, prioritization, supervisory and team building skills
  • Understanding and appreciation for student and alumni career concerns and issues as well as alumni relations matters
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and counseling/coaching skills with an emphasis on initiating and maintaining relationships with clients
  • Excellent editorial and proofreading skills
  • Computer literacy; familiarity with word processing, databases, and internet applications

National and international travel is required to attend conferences and other events to meet with employers, and to attend meetings, workshops, and networking events. In addition, a flexible schedule is required at various times of the year.

In accordance with the Administrative Professional Officer agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and an annual salary range of $62,475 - $104,123.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.