The Assistant Director, Employer Relations cultivates and develops employer relationships
instrumental for recruitment strategies and hiring of University of Minnesota Law students. In
their role, the Assistant Director is also responsible for strategic planning, communications,
alumni counseling, and ensuring the Career Center has knowledge of the local and national
marketplace to effectively coach and support students. This person is a critical member of the
Career Center team, ensuring a student’s career aspirations are within reach. The Recruiting and
Diversity Coordinator and Career Center Administrative Specialist report up through this
Employer Relations – 60%
Create, implement and manage employer relations strategic plan, outreach, and
communications for the Career Center that improves the quality and increases the number
of local and national employers who hire JD students, with an emphasis on law firms and
corporate legal departments.
Develop employer relationships for both (1) on-campus interview programs and (2)
national off-campus interview programs in key cities around the country, including
developing Midwest-California-Georgia Law School Consortium relationships,
resources, and conducting employer outreach.
Identify local, regional and national employer communities to target and provide
systematic and consistent outreach to encourage job postings and networking with the
Serve as a connection point with employers on diversity, equity, and inclusion best
practices. Collaborate with Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator to grow and enhance
career and professional engagement opportunities for JD students related to diversity and
Provide support and guidance to employers during the hiring process. Advise employers
on recruiting strategies and best practices, including job posting content, timing, and
opportunities to build name/brand recognition. Identify opportunities to partner with
employers on Career Center and Law School programs and initiatives.
Conduct strategic national travel to develop relationships with employers and encourage
hiring of University of Minnesota Law School students and alumni.
Provide active and continual outreach to small and medium-size employers in the Twin
Cities metro, Greater Minnesota, and surrounding regions, to encourage job postings and
follow-up with employers who have recruited or hired Minnesota Law students in the
Develop and manage the Minnesota Law Corporate Fellowship Program. Collaborate
with corporate partners to craft fellowships based on unique specifications of corporate
Serve as liaison with and collaborate with local and national bar and professional
associations to bring legal market resources to law students and to champion the mission
and success of the Law School to the legal community at large.
Collaborate with Career Center Director and Career Center team to create resources,
materials and statistics from student and graduate employment data.
Oversee the development and execution of events, including employer receptions, career
fairs, career exploration conferences and networking events for students to connect with
Identify and share external networking opportunities with students.
Create and maintain compensation/salary database and advise Career Center team on
compensation expectations and salary negotiation strategies for students and alumni.
Serve as a resource for Assistant Director, Public Sector and Judicial Clerkship Advisor
on outreach, communication strategies, and hiring program logistics for public interest
employers and judges.
Oversee job postings process and employer records in Symplicity, the Career Center’s
database and job board.
Maintain records and report on employer outreach tactics and engagement.
Law School Relations/Partnerships – 10%
Partner with key Law School stakeholders including Admissions Office, Office of
Advancement, Corporate Institute, Law in Practice, Clinics, and others – to develop
strong and meaningful contacts and relationships locally and nationally, educate on
employment goals and outcomes, advise on the legal employment market, and
collaborate on cross-departmental events and initiatives.
Partner with Communications Office to provide accurate information on employment
statistics, create effective marketing tools, and disseminate information to employers and
the legal community regarding employment statistics and other data.
Communicate with Student Affairs Office and Registrar in order to provide key
information about grades and quartiles to employers and ensure that hiring program
timelines align with academic deadlines and processes.
Team with Career Center Director to develop a communication plan to identify and
encourage faculty members to provide networking contacts to increase employment
opportunities for students.
Counseling & Programming – 20%
Serve as Alumni Career Counselor for JD and LLM degree-holders on behalf of the
Career Center. Coach alumni on developing strategies and tools – including resume and
cover letter reviews – for job search. Maintain and update job search and application
materials resources for alumni.
Train Career Counselors and Career Center staff on marketplace developments,
employment trends and resources, and employment statistics locally and nationally.
Maintain consistent communication with the Career Center counseling team to
understand student interests and career goals and to highlight/advise on key employment
opportunities for students and graduates.
Partner with Recruiting and Diversity Coordinator and Career Center team to collect
feedback on interview and employment experiences from students and employers and
develop related resources and strategies for student counseling, programming, and
Share employer feedback on student professional development needs with the Career
Center team and advise on programming topics. Educate and present to students
regarding hiring programs and opportunities, interview and networking skills, and other
topics as needed.
Supervisory and Budgeting – 10%
Manage Career Center budget and finance chart string related to employer relations,
external outreach and travel.
BA/BS with at least 6 years experience or a Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher
Education Administration, or a related field, with two years of counseling or advising
experience. Knowledge of the legal marketplace as demonstrated by experience in legal
recruitment and hiring.
For applicants with Master’s degree, requires previous experience working with graduate
or professional students and demonstrated interest in learning about the law profession.
For applicants with J.D., demonstrated interest and experience in working with students
in an academic setting.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Previous program planning and presentation experience
Ability to work independently, creatively and collaboratively
Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks
The ability to interact professionally and effectively with law students, members of the
law profession, and colleagues
Demonstrated computer competence including word processing, preparing spreadsheets,
and database management
Knowledge of the legal market and legal recruiting and hiring practices
Completed J.D. with two years of legal experience
Experience with legal recruiting or working in law school career services
Demonstrated affinity for traditional and non-traditional career paths and career issues of
law students and law graduates
Experience working with a diverse student body and with issues of diversity in the legal
Project management experience
How to Apply
We would like to invite you to visit our careers site to complete your application.
The position description and application can be found on the University of Minnesota
Employment website, Job ID 344324. Direct link for External Applicants and for Internal