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Assistant Director of Public Interest and Government, School of Law

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, January 12, 2024

About the Opportunity

The Assistant Director of Public Interest and Government (“Assistant Director”) is a full time position and will function as an integral part of the three-member Public Interest and Government Advising Team within the Center for Co-op and Career Development. The Assistant Director will provide comprehensive co-op advising, career advising, and professional development programming for law students seeking Public Interest and Government jobs, and for other law students as assigned. The work of the Assistant Director will fall primarily in three areas: (1) the co-op experience and post-graduate job search; (2) employer outreach, which includes developing and maintaining connections with public interest and government employers across the country and worldwide; and delivering programming related to the co-op/ post-graduate job search process; and (3) professional development programming. Additionally, the Assistant Director collaborates regularly with the greater law school community, including faculty, staff and student organizations. Student Advising: The Assistant Director supports students through all stages of their co-op experience and entry-level job process: individual planning sessions for application strategy, resume and cover letter review, job interview preparation, advice regarding co-op selection and post-graduate job applications. This position works closely with our co-op employers, who are our partners in helping our students grow professionally through the co-op process. Employer outreach: The Assistant Director develops relationships with new employers, helps them to identify placement needs, assists them during the placement process and provides guidance during the co-op on supervision questions. Program and Professional Development: The Assistant Director is responsible for delivering programs on range of topics, from interview preparation to substantive areas of public interest law. The Assistant Director also regularly creates communications to students, professional development materials and job search guides, employer support materials, and various office publications. Northeastern University School of Law's Center for Co-op and Career Development is both a student services and an employer relations office. As such, there are occasionally evening and weekend events that require staffing. The Assistant Director is expected to work as needed during evening and weekend events in order to support student networking and employer outreach. The Assistant Director may also be asked to participate in events for prospective and admitted law students.


  • Employer Support: Maintain relationships with public interest employers already engaged in the co-op program and conduct outreach to new public interest employers. Assist employers with the student placement process and provide support for issues as they arise during a co-op. Create and manage various employer communications.
  • Programming and Communications: Create and execute various programming for students about co-op and post-graduate job search process, interviewing, substantive areas of public interest law and on-campus interview programs Develop and execute timely communications to students. Create and manage various written materials.
  • Special Projects and Operations Responsibilities: Work with Assistant Dean and Director of Public Interest on new initiatives and operations. Serve on law school wide committees, as appointed
  • Student Support and Advising: Provide comprehensive co-op and entry-level job advising services to students. This includes advising students on co-op selection and entry-level job search strategy, reviewing resumes and cover letters, conducting mock interviews, providing guidance to students on co-op, and advising students on short and long-term long co-op and career planning. Maintain updated information about hiring trends in public interest law.


The Assistant Director must have a J.D. and at least three years (five years is preferred) of professional experience in public interest or government law. Demonstrated experience in mentoring or advising law students or entry-level lawyers is strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to work with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds coupled with a commitment to supporting the career goals of a diverse student body. The candidate must have excellent verbal and writing skills and be technologically savvy and proficient in MS Office, including Excel and PowerPoint. Fluency in social media avenues a plus. Ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, a wide range of employers, and the internal law community is essential to success in this position.

Documents to Submit:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and list of references in one PDF submission.

Position Type

Student Services

Additional Information

Northeastern University considers factors such as candidate work experience, education and skills when extending an offer.

Northeastern has a comprehensive benefits package for benefit eligible employees. This includes medical, vision, dental, paid time off, tuition assistance, wellness & life, retirement- as well as commuting & transportation. Visit https://hr.northeastern.edu/benefits/ for more information.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.