Director, Center For Public Service Law

1 month ago
Job ID
Cardozo-5th Ave & 12th St
Employee Classification
Cardozo Law School
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is a leader in legal education, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. The law school is renowned for its program in intellectual property, which includes the FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment Law. Cardozo Law has a long tradition of public advocacy and is the birthplace of the Innocence Project and the home of our Center for Rights and Justice.  Cardozo offers a world-class faculty and encourages creative thinking and innovation in the legal profession. Cardozo provides students with a strong foundation in legal theory combined with practical hands-on experience in a variety of areas including criminal law, civil rights law, and business law. The school prides itself on creating a vibrant and warm community for faculty, staff and students.

 A division of Yeshiva University, Cardozo Law School offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans. The law school is a secular institution within a religious university and welcomes people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, races and sexual identities.

The Position:


Cardozo School of Law has a proud tradition of commitment to public service. It is home to a wide network of programs, courses, clinics, scholarly research and public policy initiatives focused on public service and social justice. The Center for Public Service Law is one of many important pieces of Cardozo’s commitment to advancing social justice and public service and serves as a central hub for public service law events and programming, career counseling and pro bono service.


The principal mission of the Center for Public Service Law is to support students as they pursue internships, clerkships and post-graduate roles in public service.


These programs exist in and among the larger mission for public service at Cardozo School of Law, where rights and justice are an integral part of the curriculum and community.


Together with the Career Services office, faculty and the Cardozo community, the Director of the Center for Public Interest will continue to advance the goals of public interest-minded students, as well as contribute to the school’s commitment to social justice. This role is critical to enhance and support the law school’s commitment to service in the public interest. A significant number of Cardozo students, alumni and faculty are active in public service, and the Director represents Cardozo within the public interest community in addition to providing counseling and guidance to students as they pursue their passion for public service.  


The Director will be an individual with a passion for public service and the overall mission for rights and justice at Cardozo. The Director will be excited to work with others and understand that the role includes collaboration with faculty, practitioners and community members both within Cardozo and in the community.  


  • Educate and counsel students and alumni on career opportunities in public service, through programs, panels, symposia and individualized counseling
  • Conduct outreach to, and develop strong relationships with, public service organizations in the New York area and nationwide
  • Take a lead role in all programming related to public sector career opportunities for students and alumni
  • Serve as liaison to public service student organizations and the Public Service Scholars program
  • Represent Cardozo in the wider public service community, both in New York and nationally
  • Lead counseling efforts and application logistics around post graduate judicial clerkships
  • Coordinate Cardozo’s participation in public service career fairs and other off campus events
  • Administer public service funding programs including Cardozo’s summer stipend program and post graduate fellowship program; cultivate outside funding opportunities
  • Develop pro bono opportunities for students
  • Assist in developing marketing materials related to Cardozo’s public service program
  • The Director will report to the Associate Dean of Career Services


Experience and Educational Background:


  • JD and significant experience working as an attorney and/or career counselor in public service law required (8+ years preferred)
  • Knowledge of public service job market and organizations required. Knowledge of New York market strongly preferred

Skills and Competencies:


  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Must possess strong leadership skills and be able to navigate multiple viewpoints and constituencies
  • Must be able to provide advice and counsel to students as well as colleagues within Career Services and throughout the law school
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are required
  • Must be comfortable utilizing technology, including database software and social media platforms
  • Ideal candidate also will be experienced in event-planning, including conferences and speaker series
  • Creativity and flexibility in adapting to a rapidly-changing legal market


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