Howard University School of Law - Assistant Director of the Clinical Law Center

08 Mar 2017 5:45 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)


The purpose of this position is to perform administrative and managerial work, involving considerable responsibility, complexity and variety, and to manage operations, programs, support legal services and coordinate activities of the Clinical Law Center.  This position typically reports to the Clinic Director and performs special projects as requested by Senior Management.


Supervises administrative assistants and other support staff that provide office administrative services to faculty, students and clients in the Clinical Law Center.


Internal contacts include administrators, faculty, staff and students in the School of Law and other University departments.  External contacts include government officials and a myriad of law affiliated institutions, agencies, and organizations, vendors, clinic clients, alumni, sponsor representatives, visitors and the general public.


Works with the Clinic Director and the Associate Deans for Administration and Academic Affairs, and other law school and university administrators to develop systems, procedures, policies and programs that ensure the maintenance and growth of a viable, visible, dynamic and nationally recognized law school clinical program.

Recruits and supervises the administrative support staff of the Clinical Law Center and recommends training and skill development as needed.

Manages the day-to-day administration of operational details of the clinic and the externships in a manner that supports and enhances the overall functioning of the Clinical Law Center as directed by the Clinical Director.

Oversees external outreach efforts of the clinics through coordination of the student interviewing and application process; the maintenance and enhancement of clinic websites; the production and distribution of newsletters, mailings, and brochures; the development of support systems for outreach to clinic alumni; the facilitation of grant writing and reporting; and coordination of clinic outreach events and activities.

Facilitates and oversees the technology, computer systems, and infrastructure in support of the clinics, including the systems for case and document management, intake and referral, communications, bar applications, gathering, report production, archiving and storage, technology training, and other systems.

Assists the Clinic Director in fundraising and grant-writing.

Assists the Clinic Director and Law School Financial Analyst in tracking and maintaining the annual clinical budgets, including the ordering of equipment and supplies, and other outlays consistent with the best interests of the program.

Perform specialized administrative functions, including research and analyses, program coordination and monitoring, data collection, counseling, surveys, reports and recommends program changes.

Assists with planning and implementation of new clinic programs as instructed by the director of Clinical Law Center.

Ensure that goals and objectives specified for the program are accomplished in accordance within priorities, time and funding limitations, University policies or other specifications.

Prepare proposals for funding and/or funding continuation from outside sponsors.

Assists the Clinic Director on other work-related duties as assigned.


Demonstrated experience in designing, organizing, and operating programs.

Demonstrated experience in public speaking, training, curriculum development, developing and conducting education and outreach programs.

Ability to coordinate outreach and relationship building with faculty, local and national leaders in various legal fields to advise them of the Clinic, become familiar with their work, and gain assistance and support, as needed.

Ability to represent the Clinic in a professional and exceptional manner.

Demonstrated commitment to social justice, civil and human rights, and working with a diverse group of constituencies.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and direct staff in delivering quality customer services.

Ability to maintain effective and harmonious relations with faculty, staff and students.



JD required.  Previous experience in the area of legal services, clinical programs, grant-writing, organizational management, higher education, and/or the provision of community legal services is highly desirable.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.


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