The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York Associate Director of the Max Berger '71 Public Interest/Public Service Fellows in New York, New York
Job Type: Officer of Administration Bargaining Unit: Regular/Temporary: Regular End Date if Temporary: Hours Per Week: 35 Salary Range: $84,000 - $118,000 The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. Position Summary The Office of Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) at Columbia Law School provides career services, programming, and specialized opportunities to students and graduates interested in exploring public interest, government, and human rights careers. SJI is one of the largest and most specialized public interest advising centers at any U.S. law school and leads conversations on campus about cutting-edge racial and social justice issues and other intersections of law and justice. SJI also oversees the Law School's pro bono program, Human Rights Internship Program, and the Max Berger '71 Public Interest/Public Service Fellows Program. Please visit law.columbia.edu/social-justice-initiatives to learn more. Reporting directly to the Dean of Social Justice Initiatives, the Associate Director will: Responsibilities * Oversee and administer Columbia Law School's Max Berger '71 Public Interest/Public Service (PI/PS) Fellows Program, which provides specialized resources and opportunities to students who are committed to working in the public interest, human rights, or government sectors immediately upon graduation. * Work closely with the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives and the PI/PS Fellows Program Coordinator to manage the day-to-day administration of the Program and to build a vibrant, supportive community of PI/PS Fellows. * Design and implement a robust curriculum of programs, events, resources, and initiatives with the goal of helping PI/PS Fellows: gain exposure to different areas of law and approaches to lawyering; learn about strategies, conflicts, and theories being discussed in the field today; connect with mentors who are deeply rooted in public interest practice and scholarship; think critically beyond the letter of the law and consider notions of justice, equity, and dignity; and engage in professional development and reflective learning opportunities. * Plan speaker series, workshops, trainings, mentoring programs, reading groups, social events and other opportunities for PI/PS Fellows to engage and learn. * Develop substantive materials and programs to educate, train, and support PI/PS Fellows on subjects such as the foundations of public interest law, 21st century lawyering, intersectional legal issues (e.g., race, class, gender, access to justice), movement lawyering, and others. * Meet with PI/PS Fellows on a regular basis to provide guidance with respect to the public interest and public service career trajectory, summer internships, pro bono activities, classes, experiential learning, fellowships, and/or postgraduate employment. Help PI/PS Fellows discover their areas of interest, build relevant experiences and relationships, map out their time at Columbia, and obtain summer and permanent employment positions that meet students'; goals. Ensure PI/PS Fellows' compliance with program requirements. * Administer the PI/PS Fellows Program admissions process, in collaboration with an independent committee of faculty, administrators and alumni. * Build and maintain strategic relationships with individuals and offices affiliated with the Law School, including but not limited to Law School faculty, alumni, the Director of Externships and Field-Based Learning, the Office of Career Services, the Office of Judicial Clerkships, the Communications Department, the Development Department, and Student Services to provide holistic support to the PI/PS Fellows. Represents SJI at relevant meetings at the Law School and elsewhere. * Help the Dean for SJI manage the PI/PS Fellows Program Advisory Boards (i.e., Practitioner Advisory Board, Faculty Advisory Group, Student Advisory Group). Provides support for Board activities and meetings. * Facilitate the branding and development of the PI/PS Fellows Program. Develop written resources and guides, printed publications, Internet materials, social media content, and branding, in collaboration with the Communications Department. * Manage the budget for the PI/PS Fellows Program. Administer the PI/PS Fellows Program stipend payment process, in coordination with the Business Office. * Perform additional responsibilities as assigned and requested. Minimum Qualifications J.D. required. At least three to five years of professional experience as a public interest, human rights, or government lawyer. Knowledge or experience in areas of the law that could benefit our students, such as civil rights, environmental, labor, family, and/or movement lawyering. Please note that this list is merely illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive. We are open to considering areas of expertise beyond these. Superior research, oral and written communication skills (including public speaking), outstanding interpersonal and organization skills and computer literacy required. Strategic thinking and ability to design and manage a signature initiative with minimal supervision is a plus. Experience building programs is a plus. Ability to design and manage own projects with minimal supervision, to be part of a diverse, collegial team, to work under pressure and to balance competing responsibilities necessary. Interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion and an eagerness to prioritize these values within all aspects of the work. Demonstrated experience working successfully with students or constituents of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, orientations, abilities, cultural backgrounds and diverse perspectives required. Availability for occasional evening and weekend work may be required. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies and support an inclusive work environment. Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.