Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Hello all --
Howard University School of Law is looking for a Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation. The job description is attached.
To apply Contact:
Dean Danielle Holley-Walker, email@example.com. 202-806-8000
Associate Dean Lisa Crooms-Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-806-8003
Responsible for the overall academic mission of the law school by developing and implementing a formal academic success and bar preparation program that encourages a high level of academic performance for all students.
Manages all part-time workers and volunteers in relation to the academic success and bar preparation program.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
Internal contacts include administrators, faculty, students and staff. External contacts include alumni, visitors, general public, and members and officials of professional legal organizations, University officials, and any other law affiliated institutions and agencies.
Design and develop an academic success curriculum which will include emphasis on developing analytical and writing skills, time management, and other skills that will assist law students in achieving a high level of academic experience.
Identify, develop, and assess the essential skills law school students need to achieve academic success, with a focus on critical reading, legal analysis and writing.
Initiate strategies to work with students identified for inclusion in program to communicate the benefits of participation into the program.
Assess the academic support program and make periodic reports to the administration and faculty on the program progression and outcomes for review and revisions as may be deemed necessary.
Implement and provide oversight for the School of Law bar preparation program to include identifying at risk 3L students, working with vendors of commercial bar courses, and providing one-on-one tutoring for students who are studying for the bar exam. The Director will work with the Bar Task Force during this process.
Analyze bar exam results of students and develop lectures, writing tutorials, or any other programs to address weaknesses in student bar performance.
In conjunction with other units of the University, including the Office of Institutional Assessment and Evaluation, determine how to best access and utilize University resources and expertise around learning, assessment and professional licensure.
Respond to requests for information from students and faculty and provide written inquiries, supervise and/or perform statistical research for completion of reports, and other analytical data as requested or needed.
Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Dean.
Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, methodologies and techniques involved in academic success and bar preparation in a law school.
Demonstrate prior success in this area through direct academic support experience or through relevant practical experience in private practice or public sector work.
Must possess a strong academic record that demonstrates potential for successfully leading a law school academic success and bar preparation program.
Excellent communications skills with competence in both oral and written English.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to exercise a high degree of accuracy, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
Knowledge of personal computers and accompanying word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation software.
Ability to exercise sound judgment in handling competing demands.
Ability to work cooperatively with individuals and organizations both internal and external to the University, including students from various backgrounds.
Ability to provide counseling and advisement to students in an expeditious and courteous manner.
Ability to interact with others using judgment and decorum and to relate effectively with the law school faculty and legal community.
Ability to interpret and apply policies, rules and regulations accurately and to exercise independent judgment consistent with University policies and other governing regulations.
Ability to handle tasks independently and to assist in other areas as necessary.
Ability to maintain harmonious working relationship with staff, students, faculty, University officials and the general public.
J.D. or equivalent degree from an ABA approved law school and be a licensed attorney in good standing. Two to four years of relevant experience, with preference given to applicants who have experience in developing and directing academic support programs and bar preparation design and implementation.
Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.