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Job Title: Externship Director
Department: Law | College Administration
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law seeks a dynamic Externship Director who is a goal-oriented, self-starter, can identify objectives, and develop and coordinate strategies in alignment with the College’s strategic plan. This position manages a program of approximately 40 Government/Public Interest and 30 Judicial Externships, providing excellent educational opportunities and practical legal experience in an academic setting.
The successful candidate will work strategically to implement and continually improve the College’s Externship Program through cultivation, formation, and expansion of relationships with judicial and community partners, including state and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations; providing appropriate educational and reflection opportunities for students; and coordinating with the College’s faculty, Career Development team, Alumni Relations team, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curriculum development, innovation, and external engagement.
Other key responsibilities include matching students with sites based on each student’s professional development goals, the site’s needs, and the maintenance of relationships between the College and our partners; evaluating and fostering student educational achievement; developing and cultivating relationships with host sites; training and evaluating site supervisors to ensure quality of the student educational experience; visiting sites; maintaining program records to document compliance with ABA standards, best pedagogical practices, and University requirements; promoting externships to law students and potential students; and supervising support staff, including communications to obtain placements and evaluations, updating site agreements and externship catalog, maintaining ABA required site information, record of site visits, etc.
The Externship Director must also actively interface and integrate with the College’s Career Development team to help students identify placements that will enable them to develop skills that are part of their professional development plan, and to facilitate placements that will maximize the students’ ability to gain long-term employment.
The Externship Director will have teaching responsibilities, primarily associated with the Externship Program, including a classroom component to be designed by the Director to achieve relevant skills and learning outcomes, as as providing students with feedback on self-reflection. Teaching in other parts of the curriculum may be possible, depending on the College’s needs and the successful candidate’s interests.
A JD degree and experience working in the legal field is required. A minimum of 6 years’ experience in program planning and administration, and legal recruiting is required. Candidates must be student centered with an ability to coach students through new experiences, and a proven track record of relationship building with judicial and public interest legal community partners; flexibility to teach first year Legal Writing courses.
Familiarity with judicial and public interest legal communities in central Ohio a plus.
Target Hiring Range for this position is $85,000-$95,000
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Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.
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