Saturday, April 17, 2021

Assistant Director of Academic Support at Vermont

The Academic Success Program at Vermont Law School serves students in the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, various master’s programs, and Master of Laws program.  The Program reinforces vital academic skills, provides support in substantive instruction areas, and emphasizes organizational and time management skills. Academic Success is a growing and vibrant department.  The Assistant Director is eligible for a series of initial one or two-year contracts with the possibility of a long-term contract following a successful review.  This is a year-round position.

Academic Success answers directly to the Vice Dean for Students. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of ASP and works closely with the ASP Program Manager, ASP student mentors, and other faculty and staff.   The Assistant Director teaches core ASP courses, including Foundations of Legal Analysis, Legal Methods, and Bar Exam Skills & Tactics (BEST). The Assistant Director is also responsible for coordinating either the July Education for the Bar (JEB) program, a course designed to prepare students to sit for the July iteration of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), or the February Early Bar (FEB) program, a six-credit course designed to prepare students to sit for the Vermont (UBE) February bar exam before graduating in May.

The Assistant Director is also responsible for presenting at ASP workshops, meeting with students individually, collaborating with faculty and staff, serving on faculty committees, and assisting the Director with administrative duties, including compiling, and filing mandatory reports. Additional responsibilities include attending school functions such as graduation, faculty meetings, and various other events throughout the year.  Occasional availability on nights or weekends is required.

Essential Functions and Principal Accountabilities:

  • Provide individual counseling and tutoring for students about study habits, skills, tools for improvement, time management, outlining, exam preparation, and bar-related issues.
  • Assist ASP Director in planning, implementing, and designing academic support programs for all students at VLS.  
  • In conjunction with Director, develop and implement student programming for all three classes, including but not limited to curriculum design and implementation of first-year skills-based course, second-year bar information session, and third-year bar-passage course.
  • Design and implement workshop series and informational resources for all students including maintenance of TWEN, ASP web sites, bulletin boards, flyers, and emails, working closely with Director and ASP Program Manager.  
  • Aid in design and implementation of pre-orientation and orientation activities for incoming students.  
  • Collaborate with ASP team to increase awareness of department services.  Provide support to doctrinal faculty in utilizing those services.
  • Help students in connecting and maximizing usage of institutional and community resources.
  • Work with Director and Program Manager to coordinate activities of Student Mentors and assist in Mentor selection, training, and support.  Meet regularly with Student Mentors to monitor both mentor and mentee progress. 
Requirements

Education: 

  • Juris Doctor degree required with a license to practice law.

Experience: 

  • Four years of experience in higher education administration and/or teaching at the JD or Master’s level or comparable relevant work experience.
  • Experience in legal practice is a plus, but not required.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn adult learning theories.

Required Skills: 

  • Familiarity with first-year law curriculum. 
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn FERPA regulations.
  • Strong legal analysis skills.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills.
  • Ability to navigate basic technology systems in a Windows/Office environment for email, scheduling, online meetings via Teams or other platforms, and various school-specific databases.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for inclusion, including the ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints.

Vermont Law School is mission-driven, guided by its motto: “Lex pro urbe et orbe,” law for the community and the world. This mission is apparent in the Law School’s longtime commitment to environmental law and social justice and the varied careers that its students have pursued in those fields. The Law School’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board share a strong sense of this mission.

Vermont Law School is located on the White River in the historic village of South Royalton, VT, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from Hanover, NH, and a 45-minute drive from Montpelier, VT. For more information on the law school please go to www.vermontlaw.edu.

Vermont Law School is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. In recruiting for faculty, we seek unique backgrounds in education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. As part of our commitment to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and who require accommodations to apply should contact Human Resources at jobs@vermontlaw.edu. Vermont Law School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Interested applicants should apply through this link, attaching a cover letter, C.V., and two professional references. Applications received by April 23, 2021, will receive first consideration; the position will remain available until filled.

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