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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Associate Director Position at Thomas Jefferson

 JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation

DEPARTMENT: Academic Success & Bar Preparation

REPORTS TO: Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation

POSITION SUPERVISES: Work Study Students

POSITION STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

GENERAL SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation, the Associate Director of Academic Success & Bar Preparation (“Associate Director”) is responsible for helping coordinate and supervise integrated academic success and bar support programs for students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The successful candidate will help support law school students and graduates to succeed in law school and as they prepare for their bar examinations, including by teaching bar-related and academic success courses. The Associate Director will also provide assistance with and will monitor learning outcomes, academic performance, academic support and bar preparation activities to all students, and will participate in other student retention activities.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

 Work collaboratively with Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation, the Vice Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the faculty to assess and address the current needs for academic success and bar-related programming and support.

 Work with the Directors of Academic Success & Bar Preparation and other department members to administer the integrated academic success and bar preparation program for current students and bar-takers, including by teaching classes; providing one-on-one and small group tutoring; developing and teaching workshops; providing support and guidance to the advanced student mentors and Learning Assistants; and completing other tasks as assigned.

 Teach sections of bar-related and academic success skills courses as needed (including fall, spring, and summer).

 Work collaboratively to tailor programming including courses and workshops to meet the needs of students and bar-takers each term (fall, spring and summer, including the February and July bar cycles).

 Collaborate to design, develop, and implement the Continuing Bar Candidates Program and the Commercial Bar Support Program.

 Provide structured writing, organizational, and analytical assistance to current students and recent graduates, including through workshops and presentations.

 Participate in the presentation of academic success program activities beginning with Week One, the student orientation program.

 Provide administrative support to the Academic Success & Bar Preparation department as needed.

 Help to track and report information regarding bar passage and programming assessments and evaluations.

 Provide support and academic advice and counseling to students and recent graduates.

 Enforce campus policies regarding commercial bar preparation access to Thomas Jefferson School of Law, as applicable.

 Participate in committees as assigned by the Vice Dean or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

 Oversee student workers as needed.

 Represent the law school at and participate in outside conferences and other events organized for and/or by academic support or bar preparation professionals, as applicable.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:

 J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a proven record of academic achievement during law school.

 Admission to a state bar in the United States, California (or another popular state for graduates) highly preferred.

 At least 2 years of experience practicing law or delivering writing or other instruction in an academic institution, law firm, or commercial bar prep company.

 Familiarity with bar-tested subjects and bar exam format.

 Proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

 Prior experience with academic support and bar preparation strongly preferred.

 Experience with curriculum design, including an understanding of educational learning theory, best practices in teaching pedagogy, and individual learning styles preferred.

 Experience teaching writing and/or working with students for whom English is their second language preferred.

 Experience with assessment and with data collection preferred.

 Familiarity with online technology preferred.

 The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve our law students’ academic development and bar passage, and to design, implement and manage innovative programs to assist adult learners in reaching their 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.

 Ability to work effectively in a team-based approach to course design and implementation.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

 Able to sit or stand, type, read or write for extended periods of time.

 Able to handle high level of stress in a useful, constructive manner.

 Able to lift/carry materials and publications up to 20 pounds.

 Able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

WORK SCHEDULE:

 Full time position, Monday through Friday, includes teaching evenings. Some weekends will be necessary.

 

To apply for the position, applicants should submit a resume accompanied by a cover letter to hr@tjsl.edu.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working on  both ASP and the bar-side as this is an integrated department and team members teach across the bar prep and ASP curriculum. 

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