Public Interest Career Counselor - Stanford School of Law

  • 02 Apr 2019 10:39 AM
    Message # 7257301
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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. To apply, visit their job page. 

    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.

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