Director, Law Professional Development & Placement

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

Provide customized career coaching, guidance, strategy, and support to law students and alumni; develop effective working relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and employers; and develop and implement professional programming and career resources for students with the Center for Professional Development (CPD) team.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and engage in outreach and relationship management to achieve the College and Center of Professional Development goals of developing and maintaining permanent, externship, and judicial clerkship placements as well as professional development opportunities for students and alumni of the College of Law.  Specific employer sectors, regions or practice settings may be assigned. May conduct placement site visits, externship supervisor trainings and the development and collection of student performance evaluations.
  • Develop and implement programming to achieve the professional development and experiential learning goals for students. Meet individually with students to discern appropriate placement opportunities.
  • Organize and present workshops, programs and specialized materials for students and alumni.
  • May coordinate applications and placements and deliver for-credit courses associated with externship experiences.
  • Update and administer data within a contact-management system. Generate reports and assess data to report on and predict trends in student placements and employer needs within employment sectors, regions, or practice settings.   
  • Maintain effective communication with students, faculty and academic personnel within the College and university.
  • May supervise student employees.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school.

Required Trainings/Certifications

Licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or the District of Columbia.

Required Experience

  • Seven (7) years of legal practice.
  • Prior experience in career advising, coaching or recruitment.
  • Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Commitment to working with a diverse population of students, faculty and staff.
  • Working knowledge of legal practices.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience in professional development implementation
  • Experience working with young adults
  • Experience in providing counseling in any setting, including legal.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $53,500 - $73,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 92550 


Director, Law Professional Development & Placement

Date:  May 18, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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