Saturday, March 11, 2017

Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation Position at U of South Dakota

Position Description – Academic Support and Bar Preparation

Title: Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation

Job Description:

The University of South Dakota School of Law anticipates an opening for a Director of Academic Support and Bar Preparation. This is a brand new position at the law school, and the new Director will have an exciting opportunity to play a substantial role in designing the program. This will be a twelve-month appointment, and the Director will hold the faculty title of Instructor, Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer, dependent on qualifications. In addition, the successful candidate will report directly to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.  The duties of the Director will include: (1) developing and implementing academic support programming for first and second year students, particularly at-risk students; (2) developing and implementing bar exam preparation programming for third year students; (3) working in collaboration with faculty and staff; (4) collecting data related to academic success and bar passage rates; (5) drafting reports, as necessary, regarding student performance; (6) counseling students regarding academic performance; (7) advising and assisting students in the bar application process; (8) providing assistance for repeat bar-examinees; and (9) performing other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a JD and be admitted to a Bar in a US jurisdiction. He or she must also have excellent written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate should also have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) The ideal candidate would have at least one year of teaching experience acquired in an academic support program at an ABA-accredited school. (2) Prior experience in educational analytics or a BS or MS in education is valuable, though none of those qualifications is required. (3) One year of experience in the private or governmental practice of law is preferred.

Vermillion is a small, charming community in southeast South Dakota that can boast a low cost of living, a friendly atmosphere, proximity to natural beauty, and a safe environment. In addition, we are located only one hour away from Sioux Falls, which is the largest metropolitan area in the state, and are only two hours away from Omaha, Nebraska. Finally, we are the flagship institution in the state of South Dakota, as well as the only law school serving the state.  

Diversity and inclusiveness are values that are embraced and practiced at the University of South Dakota.  Candidates who support these values are encouraged to apply.  EEO/AA.

Applications must be submitted through the Board of Regents electronic employment site:  . For application assistance or accommodation, call 605-677-5671. Include on the website: application letter, vita, and names and addresses of three current references.  Inquiries about the position or the use of the website may be directed to: Tiffany C. Graham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069; email; or telephone 605-677-5393. Review of applications begins 3/21/2017 and the position is open until filled.

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