Saturday, September 30, 2017
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH
OFFICIAL JOB TITLE: Director of Academic Success DIVISION: Academic & Student Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Student Services Law School
BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: ESU, Cat. 15
FLSA STATUS: Exempt EEO STATUS: 3.1 JOB CODE: 023
REPORTS TO: Director of Teaching and Learning Methods
SUPERVISES: Student employees and peer tutors
SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: Collaborates in the design, direction, and implementation of all aspects of the Law School’s Academic Support program. The Director promotes law student retention with remedial programming and academic counseling and collaborates with Deans and Faculty to ensure students' successful completion of law school and bar exam passage.
Follows the University’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.
EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Collaborates on the design and implementation of programming for law students to facilitate their analytical development, examination skills, and early integration into the Law School’s curriculum.
- Presents MPRE resources and workshops to secure student success on the required Professional Ethics exam.
- Provides and oversees programmatic assistance and counseling for all students in academic difficulty.
- Collaborates with Associate Dean as requested in evaluating and resolving student petitions.
- Functions as staff member to all faculty Academic Standards Committee meetings.
- Liaises with Students Services personnel and Law Enrollment Center personnel for comprehensive student support services.
- Works with individual faculty members to provide final exam reviews for students.
- Writes Academic Plans for students who are out of satisfactory academic performance.
- Works with the Faculty and Deans to monitor, analyze, and promote student retention.
- Oversees and manages the Instructional Assistants program for faculty members, and designs and manages peer tutoring program as directed by the Director of Teaching and Learning Methods.
- In collaboration with the Director of Teaching and Learning Methods and Law School leadership, administers the Law Learning Center, remedial workshops, summer instructional programming, and MPRE preparation, and participates in staff meetings.
- Gathers and analyzes data regarding student use of academic support resources.
- In collaboration with faculty, is available to teach academic success courses.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, strong educational background.
EXPERIENCE: Previous (over one year) of experience providing academic support to law students.
OTHER: Must be available to work nights and weekends; occasional travel is required to local, regional and national conferences as well as travel to support students and graduates taking the bar exam.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and public speaking skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Ability to collect, interpret, and analyze data.
- Ability to develop and manage higher educational programs.
- Knowledge of academic programs pertaining to law students.
- Knowledge of educational theories, learning styles, and disabilities.
- Three years of experience providing academic support to law students.
- Demonstrated ability to provide support for bar exam preparation.