Columbia University Assistant Director of Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program in New York, New York

Job TitleAssistant Director of Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program

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Job Requisition Number 094226

Department 5502- LAW School Administration

Location Morningside

Job Type Officer Full-Time Regular

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Hours Per Week 35

Job Family Project/Program Management/Planning

Salary Grade 12

Salary Range Commensurate with experience.

Advertised Summary Job Description The Assistant Director will be a key part of Columbia Law School's Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) team's professional development program for public service careers in the United States and abroad. The incumbent will have responsibility for helping with the implementation of CLS's new Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program ("Fellows Program"). The main responsibilities of this position will be (1) helping build the framework and components of the new Fellows Program, in close collaboration with other SJI team members, in preparation for a Fall 2019 launch; (2) overseeing the administration of the Fellows Program once launched; (3) building, maintaining and administering new programs and initiatives for the Fellows, in conjunction with other SJI team members; (4) performing outreach and building relationships with public interest employers, alumni, faculty and others in support of the programmatic goals of the Fellows Program; (5) helping to develop guidelines, resources and materials for the Fellows; (6) serving as the primary point of contact for the Fellows Program for students, administrators, faculty and others; and (7) providing guidance on careers and other issues to Fellows in collaboration with other SJI advisors. This position reports to the Dean for SJI.


  1. Assists the Dean for SJI in building the framework for Fellows Program, by collaborating with SJI advisors, faculty, and others to develop the program's curricular and programmatic components. Helps to create workshops, book clubs, mentoring programs, social events and other components to promote engagement amongst the fellows and with the broader public service community on an ongoing basis. Develops substantive materials and programs on various subjects, including foundations of public interest law, 21st century lawyering, intersectional legal issues (race, class, gender, access to justice etc.) or other topics of interest to the Fellows, on an ongoing basis, in collaboration with faculty and SJI staff.

  2. Oversees administration of Fellows Program once launched and serves as primary point of contact for Fellows, ensuring their compliance with program requirements. In collaboration with SJI advisors, provides general guidance with respect to public interest and public service career trajectory, summer internships, pro bono activities, classes, fellowships, and/or postgraduate employment.

  3. Builds and maintains strategic relationships with individuals in support of the Fellows Program, including but not limited to employers, alumni, faculty, former Fellows and others.

  4. Helps the Dean for SJI build and maintain a Fellows Program Advisory Board. Provides support for Board activities and meetings.

  5. Develops written resources and guides, printed publications, Internet materials, social media content, and branding, in collaboration with Communications Department.

  6. Works closely with the Office of Career Services, the Communications Department, the Development Department, Law School faculty and others to facilitate the funding, branding, development and administration of the Fellows Program. Represents SJI at relevant meetings at the Law School and elsewhere.

  7. Administers admissions process for Fellows Program, in collaboration with Dean for SJI and other Departments.

  8. Manage the budget for the Fellows Program.

  9. Performs additional responsibilities as assigned and requested.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade

Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant JD required. At least three years of professional experience as (1) a public interest or government lawyer, or (2) a law school advisor, or (3) a professional in a related field. A vision of how a law school can provide the highest quality assistance to, and build community for, law students interested in public service. Strategic thinking and ability to design and manage a signature initiative with minimal supervision a plus. Experience building new programs a plus. Excellent research, oral and written communication skills (including public speaking), and outstanding interpersonal and outreach skills. Organizational skills. Ability to be part of a collegial team and work well with a diverse student body. Ability to work under pressure and to balance competing responsibilities. Availability for some travel, evening or weekend work.

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Requisition Open Date 08-06-2018

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