Friday, June 18, 2021

Assistant Director of Academic Achievement at Cal Western

Asst Dir Academic Achievement

Full TimeProfessional
Requisition ID: 1055

California Western School of Law (CWSL) is seeking applications for the Assistant Director of Academic Achievement.   Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, the Assistant Director of Academic Achievement provides academic and bar exam preparation support to law students and graduates, particularly those academically at risk.  The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for supervising the first year and upper division tutoring program, presenting skills workshops, and working with first-year students who are facing academic difficulty.  The Assistant Director teaches the first year skills course for academically at-risk students and other skills courses as determined by the Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement, as well as assists alumni who are studying for the California bar exam.

Primary Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Assist in hiring and supervising teaching fellows in the CWSL tutoring programs (large-group tutoring and small-group labs).
  • Maintain CWSL website information for the Academic Achievement Department. 
  • Develop course plan and teach Skills Workshops and Labs to 1L students.
  • Counsel individual students to help them improve study and exam-taking skills.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff in programming and analysis of pilot programs for 1L students.
  • Assist in developing and teaching academic support program for second-trimester students.
  • Teach sections of first year academic support courses and workshops.
  • Teach sections of either the Academic Achievement Workshop, Advanced Legal Analysis, or Pre-Bar to upper division students as needed.
  • Teach other skills courses as determined by the Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement.
  • Works with Assistant Dean and Associate Director of Academic Achievement to: 
    1. Cross-teach as necessary in CWSL Bar Program courses to ensure continuity in pedagogy with overall Academic Achievement Department goals.
    2. Support and tutor CWSL alumni participating in the graduate component of the CWSL bar review program.
    3. Assist in the collection of data and the analysis of CWSL Bar Program effectiveness, including maintain statistics of bar exam performance.
  • Develop and maintain a high level of knowledge about academic support and bar preparation programs, techniques, and methods.
  • Schedule meetings, tutoring, and bar review sessions, including room reservations, audio visual and coordinating schedules.
  • Cooperate with other CWSL employees in matters of scheduling, room reservations, etcetera.
  • Draft and/or edit letters, reports, memoranda, classroom instructional materials, posters, and other materials as needed.
  • Effectively plan, organize, and schedule teaching fellows tutoring sessions. 
  • Set and enforce policies and procedures for tutoring programs.
  • Supervise Teaching Fellows:
    1. Work with faculty to ensure teaching fellows meet identified needs and expectations.
    2. In coordination with assigned faculty, hire, train, coach, discipline and evaluate tutors.
    3. Delegate effectively to ensure workload is balanced for efficiency and effectiveness.
    4. Provide appropriate feedback and coaching to assigned tutors on a regular basis.
    5. Accountable for tutors’ performance results.
  • Attend law school functions as the representative of the department.
  • Report as needed, verbally or in writing, to the Board of Trustees, the Dean, the Vice Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and other senior administration.
  • Coordinate with other departments to plan and implement effective program initiatives.
  • Be accountable for work product.
  • Work with appropriate level of assistance, instruction and supervision.
  • Proactively advise the Assistant Dean of project status, potential issues, and overall departmental progress.
  • Suggest strategies to promote productivity and service.
  • Perform, with team approach, other duties as required.



  • Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA-accredited law school; successful passage of California Bar exam.
  • At least three to four years of law teaching experience in an academic support or bar preparation program required, experience in both programs preferred.
  • Two years of supervisory experience, preferred.
  • Experience in course planning, classroom presentations, and one-on-one tutoring; experience in learning theories and effective pedagogy, including formative and summative assessment; and knowledge of California Civil Procedure preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
  • Individual must be a self-starter and demonstrate a sound work ethic.
  • Must be able to function independently with minimal oversight.
  • Must demonstrate a passion for working with students and have a track record of developing robust relationships with students and faculty.  

Computer Skills:

  • Intermediate level computer skills.
  • Intermediate experience in Microsoft Office Suite, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of effective internet search properties. 
  • Experience with website management, electronic communication and database systems, data analysis and interpretation preferred.
  • Must be highly proficient with legal research databases such as Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, and familiar with other legal and government resources.
  • Experience with educational technology and/or statistical analysis software (like SPSS) is a plus.
  • Aptitude for learning new technology. 



Click the link below to complete an application through the CWSL Career Center website.

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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