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Public Interest Career Counselor, Stanford Law School
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Stanford University | Stanford, CA
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Job Description

Fixed-Term Position

Job Code: 7503

Job Grade: I

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Interviews are likely to be scheduled the week of April 29. We are hoping to find the right candidate who can start as soon as possible and hopefully by no later than mid-June 2019.

The John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law is central to achieving Stanford Law School's commitment to educating and training new lawyers who are committed to public service regardless of their career path. The Levin Center is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of programs, events, workshops and classes that promote and support public service in the legal profession. Its activities include leadership and career development for students and alumni, curricular and program planning, work with student groups, as well as external, alumni, and employer relations.

Programs administered by the Levin Center include Alumni Mentor Program, Externship Program, Faculty Mentor Program, Pro Bono Program, Public Service Awards, Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships Program, and Summer Public Interest Employment Funding Program.

The Levin Center is a thought leader within the law school about how to advance the public interest and a partner with our students to provide them support, help them build community, and to develop the skills, vision, and resilience needed to succeed as public interest and public service attorneys.

The Levin Center is seeking a full-time Public Interest Career Counselor who will work with students and alumni to explore public interest nonprofit (domestic, foreign and/or international), private public interest firms, and public sector opportunities. This staff member will counsel law students and alumni on career planning, job search strategies and legal markets. This position will report to Anna Wang, the Executive Director of the Levin Center, and will work within the Levin Center team and assist with additional programming, as time permits.

This position is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, fixed term position expiring in Fall quarter of 2020, dependent on center project timelines. Stanford Law School offers a competitive salary and benefits.

Public Interest & Public Sector/Governmental Opportunities - Advising & Programming

* Counsel law school students and alumni on career options and job search skills and strategies related to summer or permanent employment
* Develop and maintain relationships with public interest and public sector legal employers, alumni, and faculty
* Plan, conduct, and evaluate related programs and panels
* Other special projects, as needed

General Responsibilities

* Work with Levin Center Executive Director to develop career-related programming for general student population.
* This position may require occasional work on evenings and weekends as well as some local or domestic travel.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


* J.D. required
* Minimum of 5 years experience practicing as a public interest or public sector attorney
* Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion principles
* High level of emotional intelligence
* Experience working with the public interest and/or public sector legal communities
* Experience supervising, mentoring, hiring, etc., law students and/or young lawyers
* Excellent organizational, administrative and communication (oral and written) skills
* Demonstrated skills in problem-solving
* Strong interpersonal, advising, and counseling skills
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
* Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and handle multiple tasks under pressure, with frequent interruptions
* Sensitivity to diversity of student body and career interests
* Sense of humor and ability to work effectively as a member of a team


* 7+ years of legal practice experience as a public interest or public sector attorney
* Familiarity with job opportunities in the fields of international human rights, rule of law in transitional societies, and law and international development
* Familiarity with government job markets, employers, organizations, post-graduate fellowship funders and programs, and government honors or new attorney hiring programs
* Familiarity with job opportunities in multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies and the World Bank
* Experience working in an educational environment with undergraduate or graduate students


Please submit a resume, a list of three professional references, and a cover letter that includes responses to the following questions:

* Why are you interested in stepping into this kind of position?
* What advice would you offer a first-year law student interested in public service?
* If you could go back in time, what kind of program or support would you have wanted as a public interest law student?
* Describe your experience working with individuals with identities different from yours and your approach to bridging those differences, including class, race, ethnicity, political opinion, physical or mental ability, and religion.

Stanford University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

About Stanford University

Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. The school’s faculty, students and alumni have established thousands of companies and laid the technological and business foundations for Silicon Valley. Today, the school continues to seek solutions to important global problems and educate leaders who will make the world a better place.