Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Job opening: Director of Academic Success, Valparaiso

Director of Academic Success Program

The Valparaiso University School of Law invites applicants for the position of Director of Academic Success Program. This is a non‐faculty full‐time administrative position with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2011 and a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Director will design, implement, and oversee all aspects of the Law School’s academic success programs, including efforts before matriculation and after graduation, and will work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to provide academic support to law students. The Director will have primary responsibility for working with law students to help them adjust to the academic demands of law school and to develop skills to reach their full academic potential for performance in law school, on the bar exam, and after graduation. Responsibilities include:

• Design and implement innovative and effective academic support programs

• Coordinate the summer ASP program for new students

• Teach workshops and/or classes for students who need academic support

• Work with students in individual and small group sessions

• Track the academic progress of at‐risk students and students in academic difficulty

• Teach Legal Methods, a required course for first‐year students on academic probation, and Advanced

Legal Studies for third‐year students, a for‐credit bar prep course

• Work with students and graduates planning to take a bar exam to help them design a study and preparation process that will better enable them to be successful on the bar exam

Qualifications for this position:

• J.D. degree from an A.B.A. approved law school; strong law school credentials

• Admitted to a state bar

• One to three years teaching experience (Law experience without teaching experience will generally not be sufficient)

• Ability to work with at‐risk students

• Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

• It is expected that the successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds

The priority deadline for receipt of applications is April 8, 2011. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

Please submit an electronic letter of interest and resume to:

• hr@valpolaw.net

• Please direct all questions to hr@valpolaw.net

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