Thursday, May 24, 2012
Director of Academic Success
GENERAL SUMMARY: Thomas Jefferson School of Law invites applications for the position of Director of Academic Success. The successful candidate will oversee the development of an innovative program to assist students in the transition to law school, to promote their successful completion of the J.D. program, and to work collaboratively with administration and faculty to provide them with a skill-set that will transition effectively into bar exam preparation. The school is seeking to build an innovative academic success program and we seek a Director who will be an enthusiastic addition to our academic success team. We seek to serve and retain a highly qualified and diverse student body, and the Director should have experience effectively educating a diverse student population. Ideally, the successful candidate will begin in July of 2012.
The Director of Academic Success will report to the Assistant Dean of Academic Success and Bar Preparation, and will work closely with other staff and faculty at the law school to develop a program that is fully integrated with the J.D. curriculum. The Director will develop, implement and manage programs to promote the academic success of students at the law school. The Director will coordinate, participate and facilitate individual and small group sessions to improve students' study, writing, time-management and test-taking skills. The Director will develop and conduct workshops on topics including class preparation, study habits, case briefing, outlining, and exam-taking. The Director will supervise the academic staff within the program, including working with the Legal Writing Specialist. The Director will also be responsible for hiring, training, and coordinating a peer-tutoring program. The successful candidate will be expected to exercise independence and judgment, drawing on past experience and careful analysis of the law school’s particular needs, in the creation of new programming. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for assessing the academic success program and making periodic reports to the administration and faculty on the program’s progress and outcomes. The Director of Academic Success also will represent the law school at and participate in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by academic support professionals at other institutions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaborate with colleagues to identify, address and resolve student-learning issues.
Participate in program design and development activities to ensure high rates of student success, which includes curriculum design and teaching in a classroom setting.
Participate in the development and implementation of a Fall Orientation Program.
Assess student performance processes on all levels (e.g. individually, organizationally and academically) and develop programs that support sustained improvement of the student body.
Encourage and facilitate positive learning outcomes by working with students individually and in group settings, which includes but is not limited to teaching classes, holding individual conferences, working with faculty and administration, etc.
Work with the different emotional and social backgrounds that affect a diverse, adult learner population.
Supervise and support staff within the Academic Success Program.
Work with the Associate Director – Writing Specialist in the design of workshops to strengthen the students’ ability to perform case analysis, synthesize material, outline, and learn effective test taking strategies.
Perform individual academic advising as needed.
REQUIRED SKILLS, ABILITIES AND EXPERIENCE
The successful candidate must have:
J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school;
Successful completion of a bar exam;
Three years of teaching experience in an educational (or similar) environment;
Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, including experience making presentations to law school students;
Experience with curriculum design, including an understanding of educational learning theory, best practices in teaching pedagogy, and individual learning styles.
The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve our law students’ academic development, and to design, implement and manage innovative programs to assist adult learners in reaching their academic potential;
The ability to work well with a diverse student body, including having a cultural awareness of different learning styles;
Strong teaching, interpersonal and counseling skills;
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff;
Ability to manage multiple priorities under deadlines;
Managerial and supervisory experience;
The ability to handle highly sensitive matters with complete discretion; and
The ability to develop techniques to evaluate and measure the efficacy of academic support programs.
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, weekends and evenings as needed.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Women, members of minority groups and others whose background and experience will contribute to the diversity of our faculty and to our goal of multicultural competence in our academic program are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references, by June 15, 2012, to:
Professor Leah Christensen, Assistant Dean of Academic Support and Bar Preparation, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email Professor Leah Christensen with any questions about this position.