HLS has the largest externship program in the country. This position directs the placement process for approximately 300+ law students who annually participate in clinical externship placements in non-profits, government agencies, and law firms outside of HLS. They also serve as the critical liaison between placement supervisors, faculty and students to ensure that HLS Clinical and Pro Bono Programs are in compliance with ABA standards. They manage the domestic independent clinical project placement process, supporting the 100+ students who participate in this program; serve as the resource for in-house clinics that develop external placements; and provide general clinical program advising to all students. They are responsible for working closely with Office of Clinical Programs (OCP) staff and Externship faculty and staff to encourage diverse and inclusive practices.
As Director of Externships, you will:
Manage, coordinate, and regularly evaluate external placements in connection with clinical courses, in order to ensure a strong educational experience for students and compliance with ABA standards.
Conduct site visits to evaluate existing externship placements and to develop new externship opportunities.
Correspond with attorney supervisors, students, and faculty concerning clinical requirements, assignment/selection processes, performance evaluations, reflection essays, and other matters arising from the externship program.
Oversee, review, and revise, as necessary, policies and publications related to externship programming, including student handbook, supervisor handbook, placement MOUs, and more.
Develop programming for externship directors and staff to support learning, best practices, and community.
Manage and regularly review the independent clinical program strategy, policies, and processes.
Advise students interested in creating independent clinical opportunities.
Work with professors, external organizations, and other staff to develop selected independent clinical offerings to meet HLS independent clinical criteria and to ensure compliance with ABA.
Review and work with Assistant Dean on reviewing and granting of domestic funding for independent clinical placements.
Assist with and participate in OCP initiatives such as Clinical events and panels and counseling students interested in clinical and pro bono opportunities.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience required
Minimum of 7 years' relevant work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
We are looking for people who have:
Strategy and problem-solving ability;
Excellent written, oral, and electronic communication skills;
Professionalism, sophistication, and diplomacy in working with and developing relationships with diverse constituencies, (faculty, externship directors, students, practicing attorneys);
Excellent organizational and process development ability, and proven ability to execute with operational excellence;
Self-motivation to work independently and follow-through;
Flexibility and willingness to work cooperatively as part of a team within the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and the broader HLS student services community;
A JD degree a plus;
Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office, Teams, and facility with learning new databases;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in prior work;
Knowledge of non-profit/government industry and demonstrated commitment to public service a plus.
This position is based primarily on campus with the opportunity for flex work based on business needs and manager approval. Regular travel within the Greater Boston area will be required to conduct site visits for evaluating existing or potential externship placements.
We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
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Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)
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