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Director, Career Development

Website University of Saskatchewan

Department: College of Law

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Requisition: req1482

Open Date: 12/5/2017

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $77,890.00 – 129,736.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 3). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The Director of Career Development has both an internal focus on student career development and support, and an external role as a representative of the College in the legal services market. The Director will lead a career planning partnership with students, ensuring students have the skills and support needed to plan their future success. The Director will lead a strategic approach to ensuring career development services build upon the leading academic training our students bring to their careers. The Director will ensure that Career Development Services enable our students to be strong competitors in the job market, adding significant value for students in the College of Law.

The Director will identify legal services and career development trends and implement responsive programming. The Director will build and maintain strong relationships with potential employers in various fields, including but not limited to the legal field. Positive relationships with law firms, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other businesses and organizations will ensure a broad range of learning and employment opportunities for our students. The Director will have a national and global perspective, proactively promoting the College of Law and our graduates in a very competitive environment. The Director will lead and work with others in the College to coordinate communications and projects that build relationships between the College and the broader community. This includes the design and coordination of projects and activities that connect the College of Law with the legal communities and provide an opportunity for students and practitioners to network in informal settings on a regular basis.

The Director will also advise the Dean on initiatives and programs that might be implemented or improved to provide the highest level of services possible to our students and the College.



  • Deliver and enable the delivery of high-quality career development programming with the approximately 300 students in the College of Law.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships between the College and broader community, including the legal community in and beyond Saskatchewan.
  • Identify and stay ahead of trends in both professional development and delivery of legal services in programming.
  • Coordinate the work of others within and outside the College to provide programming and resources to ensure the success of our students.

Career Development Strategy and Services

  • Work with the Dean and other key personnel to lead the development and implementation of an innovative career planning partnership between Career Development Services and our students, to provide our students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes, tools, networking opportunities, and experience to effectively develop and pursue their own career plan.
  • Identify, understand, and stay ahead of new and emerging trends in career development and in the delivery of legal services.
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by Career Development Services respond to and take advantage of emerging trends in ways that enhance our students’ career options and opportunities.
  • Have a full understanding of both private legal practice and public legal environments, including an understanding of the regulations that govern admission to practice in every province and territory.
  • Design and deliver a wide range of resources and services for students actively seeking employment and assist them in meeting their needs relative to employment opportunities available to them.
  • Advise students who desire counseling one-on-one on: career paths and options, resume writing, job application letters, interviewing, and networking.
  • Provide or organize workshops for groups of students.
  • Actively undertake environmental scans of the employment markets by researching data from multiple sources, managing and implementing adjustments to practices and programs to respond effectively to changing needs in recruitment styles.
  • Ensure our Career Development services are leading among our peers.

Identify and Facilitate Opportunities for our Students

  • Support the success of students at the College of Law in their job search efforts.
  • Develop outreach programs targeted across Canada and internationally.
  • Advise on and contribute to the development of a network of employers and regularly meet with members of the legal profession and alumni of the College.
  • Create opportunities for students to network with potential employers.
  • Identify articling and career opportunities with law firms, business organizations, government entities, and non-governmental organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

Engagement of the Legal and Other Communities

  • Serve as the primary person responsible for building and maintaining relationships with potential employers in various fields, including but not limited to the legal field.
  • Have a local, national, and global perspective, proactively promoting the College of Law and our graduates in a very competitive environment.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and collaborate with other key leaders in the College on communications and projects that build relationships between the College of Law and the broader community, including the design and coordination of projects and activities that connect the College with the legal community and provide an opportunity for students and practitioners to regularly network in informal settings
  • Continually keep abreast of changing trends in the legal profession, career development, and continuing professional development delivery. Understand current local, national, and global transformations and trends in the demand for and delivery of legal services and ensure that Career
  • Development services and programs are responsive to these trends.


Education: A university degree, preferably an LL.B./JD or M.B.A.


  • Seven to ten years’ experience working in recruiting for legal or other professional industries.
  • Excellent communication and public speaking, interviewing, and customer service skills with an ability to develop relationships with students, key administrators, and contacts in national and international law firms, small urban or rural law firms, corporations, government departments, community organizations, and other potential employers.
  • Experience in strategic planning and new service development, including the ability to conduct statistical analysis, in order to determine suitability of services.
  • Ability to identify new and emerging trends in legal and other fields, and the challenges and opportunities these trends present for law student employment. Understand how to effectively gather and then use evidence to establish and improve the services being provided by Career Development Services to students.
  • Hold the highest levels of good judgment with the ability to problem-solve. Able to work well under pressure, supervise large numbers of students, assess and direct multiple projects. This role is highly visible to students and the incumbent should be flexible, interested, and dedicated to being accessible to them and ensuring that they are getting excellent career development services that are consistent with emerging trends.
  • Strong project management skills, outstanding follow-up skills, effective interviewing and coaching skills.
  • A deep understanding of the University of Saskatchewan.


Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Tracey Wray at 306-966-5872.

This position is in scope of ASPA.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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