Harvard Law School

Job Summary

The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) is an independent career services office for Harvard Law School students and alumni interested in public service work. OPIA is a collaborative, mission-driven office. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Public Service, the Assistant Director will be responsible for advising a high volume of JD students interested in public service summer or postgraduate work.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

  • Counsel a large volume of JD students (1L, 2L, and 3L), about all facets of a public sector career choice/job search, including advising on how to determine “fit,” the diverse range of practice options and the career decision-making process.  Keep current on public interest hiring trends.
  • Plan, develop, and manage career programs and workshops.
  • Attend all office key functions.
  • Manage larger-scale projects under office’s purview/related to office’s mission.
  • Conceive of/develop and write varied materials for office publications and website.
  • Review and edit student resumes, cover letters and other application materials.
  • Conduct outreach to public interest employers.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Basic Qualifications

JD plus minimum of three years of full time post-law school law-related public interest practice (in a nonprofit, government agency or private public interest firm or the international equivalent).

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in career counseling, advising and/or mentoring.
  • Demonstrated experience in event planning and project management.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal (specifically, presenting in front of others and group facilitation).
  • Flexible work style suited for small, team oriented, highly productive, entrepreneurial office.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a sense of humor and empathy.
  • Willingness to work nights several times a month during the academic year and participate in occasional travel.

Additional Information

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive. 

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

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