UCLA School of Law - Executive Director, David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy

20 Aug 2017 7:59 PM | Laura McNally-Levine (Administrator)

The UCLA School of Law is seeking a top public interest lawyer to become the Executive Director of the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (Epstein Program). The Epstein Program is the leading public interest curricular program in the United States. For two decades, the Epstein Program has trained and mentored future attorneys to become innovative leaders dedicated to public service and advancing justice. The hallmarks of the Epstein Program are its exceptional faculty, cutting-edge curriculum, vibrant community, and deep commitment to student success. The Epstein Program has specialized admissions, teaching, mentoring, and advising for Epstein Program students and alumni.

The Executive Director of the Epstein Program is responsible for a broad range of academic and administrative functions as they relate to the Epstein Program itself and the promotion of public interest–oriented academic curriculum and programs at UCLA School of Law. The Executive Director will oversee all aspects of the Epstein Program in collaboration with the Associate Dean of Public Interest, the Epstein Program Faculty Director, as well as Program core faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The Executive Director will work to advance the School of Law’s public interest curricular offerings, including the Epstein Program’s core curriculum and clinical course offerings, as well as provide individualized academic counseling to support Epstein Program students in completing the curriculum requirements. The Executive Director will also develop and implement program events, lectures, conferences, and other collaborative projects addressing issues of public interest import. Additional aspects of the position include assisting in the admissions process, maintaining the operating budget, communicating with and supporting Program alumni, and assisting with fundraising and grant activities on behalf of the Program. Although this is not principally a teaching position, the Executive Director would take on some teaching responsibilities for Program students, such as teaching the First Year Epstein Program Workshop and/or the Second Year Problem Solving in the Public Interest Seminar. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in and commitment to public interest work and mentoring of students and new lawyers.

This is a year-round, academic, non-tenure track position with an expected start date of January 1, 2018.

Minimum academic requirements include a J.D. or equivalent advanced degree from a U.S. school and an excellent academic record. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of practice experience, as well as significant leadership capacity and initiative. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2017 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03174 by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of at least three professional references.

The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)


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