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Columbia University Asst Director-Judicial Clerks in New York, New York

Position Summary

Reporting to the Assistant Dean and Dean of the Office of Judicial Clerkships (“ OJC ”), the Assistant Director will take primary responsibility for administering clerkship counseling services and developing proprietary resources for students and alumni (collectively, “ Applicants ”) related to post-graduate clerkships. The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Dean with all aspects of administering, planning and implementing OJC’s mandate, inclusive of institutional engagement with the judiciary.


  1. Administer clerkship counseling services for Applicants interested in securing federal, state and specialty court clerkships; create and administer innovative programming and training materials regarding the clerkship application process, clerkship employment opportunities, clerkship skills and post-clerkship work opportunities (inclusive of on-line and in-person counseling services and programming); works with the Dean to create an on-ramp/off-ramp counseling and educational program for alumni clerks; assist the Dean in identifying and matching Applicants with time-sensitive in-bound clerkship opportunities from Faculty and judges.

  2. Create and conduct programs, professional development workshops, practice interview programs, symposia, networking receptions and similar events that empower Applicants to engage with faculty, judges and current clerks and become conversant with the contemporary issues and challenges for clerks and the judiciary; assist with the updating of all existing information on clerkships within OJC and creation of a clerkships feedback database.

  3. In consultation with the Dean, oversee the work of the Program Coordinators with respect to the processing of clerkship applications, tracking clerkship openings and other updates from judicial chambers, web resource updates, blog and newsletter production, internal and external communications, maintenance of Salesforce database, and administrative matters related to programming.

  4. Assist the Dean as otherwise requested to execute OJC’s strategic vision and its mission to increase clerkships obtained by Applicants.

Minimum Qualifications

J.D. required. Must have 3-5 years’ cumulative experience in the legal field, counseling field or in another professional field. Experience should include state or federal clerkship, career counseling, program planning and/or professional development experience; prior employment in an academic or other professional environment preferred. Excellent oral and written communication, organizational and interpersonal skills required. Computer literacy and ability to analyze and evaluate data required. Familiarity with Symplicity and Salesforce a plus. Flexible schedules will be considered.

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