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Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation's top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.
The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a full time Director for the W.H. Gates Public Service Law Program.
The mission of William H. Gates Public Service Law Program (Gates PSL) is to create a culture at the University of Washington School of Law (UW Law) where students, faculty and staff are inspired and empowered to make public service, equity and inclusion an integral feature of their professional lives.
A part of Student and Career Services, Gates PSL was founded in November 2005 and created in honor of William H. Gates Sr., a prominent Washington state attorney and public servant. The program began with the development of the Gates Scholarship Program and expanded to become the law school's flagship and nationally recognized public service law program that is the central hub for public service law events and programming, career coaching and academic advising, pro bono service, and leadership development at UW Law.
The Director leads, guides, manages and ensures compliance with the mission, vision and values as well as the governing bylaws and stewarding the program's endowment and operating funds. The Director develops and implements program policies and procedures, promotes the program at the law school, locally and nationally, and cultivates key partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. The position is responsible for finance management, budgeting, and reporting to the Gates PSL Advisory Board and supervising program staff. Together with the Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services, the Director leads and executes strategic planning for Gates PSL. As part of Student and Careers Services, the Gates PSL Director has an important leadership role in integrating public service and pro bono into student life and professional development and engaging in strategic planning for the department.
The position provides specialized public service career coaching and academic advising to UW Law students and alumni who wish to pursue public service law careers and incorporate pro bono service in their professional lives. This includes providing individualized and group coaching/advising sessions; developing, organizing, , and leading presentations, workshops, panels, and trainings related to public service law pathways as well as other topics, including, professionalism and leadership development; engaging in strategic outreach and relationship building with public service legal employers locally and nationally; and fostering leadership opportunities for students and student organizations with regard to various public service activities.
The position is expected to provide supervision, support and professional development opportunities for Gates PSL staff.
This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services.
This position must be able to work collaboratively as part of a holistic team that is student-centered. The position requires a compassionate, encouraging, supportive and mentoring-focused disposition towards students. The position must have cultural and cross-difference competency to work with students from diverse backgrounds including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQI, low-income and other underrepresented groups in legal education and the legal profession. The position must make decisions in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. The individual must remain aware of the rapidly changing challenges and opportunities for students, legal education, legal profession and community needs.
The position is expected to anticipate issues as they arise, and independently trouble-shoot administrative, programmatic, and student concerns.
Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:
Gates PSL is also home to the law school's flagship and nationally recognized public service law scholarship program, the Gates Scholars Program. The Director ensures successful management of the scholars program.
Gates PSL also administers the law school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The Director oversees successful management of the program.
Student Advising & Coaching:
Provide individual and group career coaching sessions on topics such as: self-assessments, goal-setting, strategic career planning, resumes, cover letters, networking, mock interviews, , decision-making, professional communication and etiquette, and hiring trends
Provide coaching related to public service law employers and pathways , Provide specialized public service law coaching, academic advising, and support for UW Law student-led pro bono projects and the Public Interest Law Association Lead and organize presentations, trainings, panels and workshops related to public service careers, pro bono and other public interest, social justice and related equity and inclusion topics
Oversee, plan, and execute Social Justice Tuesdays and the Gates PSL Speaker Series
Gates PSL Program Leadership, Management & Administration:
Develop an overall strategic vision for the Gates PSL that aligns with the mission of UW Law and Student and Career Services; develop and implement programming to meet the established goals, and improve outcomes and outreach for the Gates PSL and Student and Career Services
Oversee policies and procedures outlined in the Gates PSL manual and ensure continued compliance with UW policies and other internal policies
Convene annual meetings with Treasury and the Law School's Assistant Dean for Finance and Operations to review financials, assess and confirm reinvestment strategy and budget
Recruit, retain, and report to Gates PSL Advisory Board members; convene quarterly meetings, agenda and prepare materials
Administer summer grant funding for students engaged in public service work and support the Public Interest Law Association board with strategic planning and fundraising strategies
Lead outreach and strategic partnerships
Oversee public relations for GPL , including website content management, blog, and social media communications
Pro Bono Program & Honors Society:
Lead and organize annual Pro Bono Core Competencies trainings
Assist student organizations with developing and organizing service projects and ensure that student-led pro bono projects comply with established best practices including professionalism and ethics
Collaborate with Director of Externships to organize annual Pro Bono Fair
Oversee pro bono hours reporting and tracking process for student, faculty and staff and recognize awardees at annual event
Supervise Assistant Director; provide performance management, professional development and training of this staff member
Juris Doctor degree
Washington State Bar Association member in good standing
Six to eight years of experience working in public service law, including non-profit agencies and/or government
Progressive responsibility providing organizational leadership, management, and supervision
Superior communication and team leadership, building and collaboration skills including professionalism, diplomacy, and discretion
Strong organizational financial management and budgeting skills
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively while also working professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrated ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively
Sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities
Knowledge of public service law careers and experience in public service law or pro bono legal experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
Demonstrated competency in preparation of correspondence and reports
Strong computer skills in Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Access, Google drive, LinkedIn
Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evening and weekends; must be willing to travel
Interest, knowledge and/or experience with event planning
Display flexibility and the willingness to assume new tasks or special projects
A good sense of humor and spirit of adventure
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Staff supervision skills
Community outreach, public speaking or public relations experience
Student coaching, mentoring or leadership development experience
Experience in recruiting or law school career services Experience in strategic planning
Evidence of leadership in forging strategic partnerships with organizations and programs
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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