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Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Phoenix Law Director of Academic Success and Bar Prep Position

Director of Academic Success and Bar Prep Program

Phoenix School of Law

            Phoenix School of Law (PSL) is seeking an innovative legal educator with experience in academic and bar examination support to direct its Academic Success and Bar Prep Program and establish it as a benchmark in the field.  PSL is a young institution, fully approved by the American Bar Association, that seeks to differentiate itself by providing students with a market-leading return upon their investment.  Sustainable excellence with respect to key student outcomes, by delivering a value-adding educational experience, is central to the institution’s strategy.  The school’s mission is grounded in providing a student-centered and practice-readying legal education and serving the underserved.  

            The Academic Success and Bar Prep Program will play a leading role in achieving the School’s mission and actualizing the “inclusive model of excellence” (facilitating outcomes comparable to or better than institutions with higher traditional quality indicators).  The program currently is being developed by the PSL faculty and administration with input from experienced consultants.  It will integrate both academic success and bar prep, anticipates significant faculty engagement, and aims toward significant interactivity with the primary course of study. The new Director will have the opportunity to fashion, in collaboration with the Academic Success/Bar Prep Team, the critical elements of the emerging and innovative Program.  The new Director must have a Juris Doctor Degree and experience working and teaching in a post secondary educational institution.

            The Academic Success and Bar Prep Program currently includes six professionals (plus an approved position for a seventh person) and several support staff.  The Program is housed on the PSL campus in a welcoming space that includes a conference room, study rooms, study carrels, and an administrative area.

            Shandrea P. Solomon, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, who oversees the Academic Success Program, will be attending the AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, including Joint Program of the Sections on Academic Support and Balance in Legal Education on Wednesday, 5 January, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., and the Section on Academic Support’s Continental Breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, 7 January.   She welcomes the opportunity to meet with persons who are interested in this opportunity.  Please contact Shandrea P. Solomon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at to schedule a time to meet.  Persons unable to attend or meet at AALS may send their resumes to Stephanie Lee, Director of Human Resources, at


Phoenix School of Law is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Phoenix School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed by this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.


December 9, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Assistant Director, J.D. Student Affairs Position at San Diego

The position below is a bit outside our usual area, but I decided it might be of interest to some of you.  Forgive the format problems, but TypePad was not compatible with all of the formatting from the announcement on the U of San Diego web site.  (Amy Jarmon)

The Assistant Director, J.D. Student Affairs reports directly to the Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs and is responsible for contributing to a positive student experience by providing student services from pre-admission through graduation. The Assistant Director, J.D. Student Affairs works in a collaborative relationship with all law school students, faculty, administrative offices, and university offices and actively participates in developing process improvements to enhance the law school climate and the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the J.D. Student Affairs Office. The ability to provide timely and accurate communication to students is an essential component of this position. This position requires occasional attendance at on and off campus events during and outside normal business hours. Some travel may be required. Minimal direct supervision of regular, full-time employees, but may be required to hire, train, supervise, and evaluate temporary employees, contract service employees, and student workers. Administrative support provided by a full-time Executive Assistant for J.D. Student Affairs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide guidance to and manage all Law School student organizations:

Serve as primary contact between Office for J.D. Student Affairs and all USD Recognized Student Organizations and the Student Bar Association (SBA). Coordinate activities and calendars between and promote collaboration amongst student organizations. Review and keep updated the USD Student Organizations Handbook. Work with Student Organizations and Law School Alumni & Development Office regarding all fundraising activities, gift processing, and donor-recognition. Train students regarding USD budget processes and reimbursement policies. Assist in review and approval of "Motions", the Law School student newspaper. Coordinate attendance of students at certain external events in conjunction with other offices at the law school (Dean's Office and Career Services). Represent the Office for J.D. Student Affairs at SBA meetings and other SBA-sponsored events. Attend certain student organization functions - academic and social - as a representative of the Office for J.D. Student Affairs.

Manage Office for J.D. Student Affairs communications and programming:

Manage and assign tasks and resources leading to the successful execution of workshops, activities and events including the Law School Orientation program, Service Recognition Ceremony, Graduation Mass, and Graduation ceremony. Develop and recommend event programs, schedules, and budgets for advance approval by the Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs and Director of Budget and Administration. Work with Law School Communications department to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of web pages relating to Current Students including: curriculum, advising, Student Handbook, Honor Code, concurrent degree information, student organizations, and commencement activities. Manage all social networking communications opportunities with law students including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc. Draft emails to certain law student constituencies relating to J.D. Student Affairs workshops, events, scholarships, bar exams and academic planning information.

Advise all law students on curricular and professional development matters:

In conjunction with the Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs and other departments on campus, design and execute new and continuing extracurricular and academic programs to support J.D. Students in their academic and professional development. These programs may include Student Health & Wellness, Bar Exam Preparation, and Professionalism & Ethics programming. Assist the Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs with academic advising during peak times and/or when requested. Serve as J.D. Student Affairs primary source for information on Concentrations and Study Abroad programs.

Provide resources and programming to increase student awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in law school and the legal profession:

Provide guidance to all law students relating to diversity, equity and inclusion issues including information on diversity and inclusion scholarships, relevant on-campus speakers and external activities (moot court competitions, conferences, local bar association programs). In conjunction with the Assistant Dean for J.D. Student Affairs, work with Student Organizations, Admissions, Career Services and other departments at the law school to provide workshops and events to enhance the campus climate and increase awareness of access to and diversity in law school and the legal profession. Attend campus and external events related to diversity, equity and inclusion issues with a focus on law and legal education. Serve as office liaison to the USD Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

Perform administrative duties:

Perform administrative duties as necessary including effectively managing event budgets and costs, responding promptly to emails and phone calls and attending meetings within the department, law school and university. Represent the law school on standing and ad hoc University committees. Keep up to date on latest trends and practices within student affairs and legal education. Perform other duties or tasks as assigned.

Job Requirements

Bachelor's Degree required. J.D. or other graduate degree strongly preferred.

Minimum of two to three years professional experience required. Student affairs or law school experience strongly preferred.

Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail is critical.

Ability to handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, and exemplify appropriate customer service in working with students, faculty, and all levels of university staff and officials.

Proven skills in written and oral communication.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in an academic or professional setting.

Ability to prioritize workload effectively and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

Ability to take initiative in managing projects and ability to develop and keep to time lines.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in fast-paced environment.

Ability to be proactive with respect to suggestions for improving all aspects of the programs

Strong computer skills for spreadsheet reporting, word-processing, database maintenance, web-design and maintenance. Minimum of intermediate experience with Word, Excel and MS Outlook required. Experience with web content development preferred.

Degree Verification Requirement

Additional Details

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, tuition remission, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Finance & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits

Closing date: December 29, 2010

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

How To Apply

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact Bree Moore at (619) 260-6806 or

: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

December 8, 2010 in Jobs - Descriptions & Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)