Sunday, October 24, 2021

Assistant or Associate Director at Chapman

Chapman University is seeking an Assistant or Associate Director of Academic Achievement.  The posting is here.  The description is copied below.

The Assistant/Associate Director of Academic Achievement will have the responsibility of working with the Director of Academic Achievement (“Director”) and the Executive Director of Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation (“Executive Director”) to implement a holistic, comprehensive program of academic support and bar preparation that encompasses law students’ entire academic experience at the Law School, from Orientation through the Bar Exam. The Academic Achievement Program helps students develop the skills necessary for success in law school, on the bar exam, and ultimately into practice, and consists of teaching courses and workshops, as well as working individually with students. This is a full-time, year-round (12 month) administrative position.


WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CLASSES: 1. In conjunction with the Director, conduct workshops/classes in the Academic Support Program and Orientation. 2. Teach courses covering both skills and substance as assigned by the Executive Director and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, provide feedback for coursework, and prepare for class. Course load will include up to one fall semester course and one spring semester course per academic year. 3. Assist the Director in implementing the Academic Fellows program, including coordinating fellow selection and conducting trainings for the fellows. INDIVIDUALIZED WORK WITH STUDENTS, DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE OF ASSESSMENT, OTHER DUTIES: 4. Work with students to: help students problem solve issues regarding legal analysis, stress and time management, class preparation and participation, and exam preparation and performance; diagnose writing and analysis problems affecting academic performance by identifying the misunderstanding or habit that causes the student to engage in ineffective writing or analysis; and prescribe solutions that identify what steps the students can take to improve academic performance; 5. Meet in-person regularly with students who are at-risk, on probation, or otherwise having academic difficulty, require written assignments of them, and provide thorough written feedback on such practice exams in terms of both structure and substance (copies of which feedback should be retained to develop data on student challenges for reporting to the Director); 6. Work with Director to identify students of greatest need. Conduct outreach to and prioritize direct services to those students. 7. Track various types of data to assess student progress including but not limited to student engagement, what the student worked on in individual meetings, and assess growth. Regularly review data and student progress with Director and develop strategies to improve student outcomes. 8. Develop a culture among 1L students and 2L students of regularly writing practice exams before taking actual exams, and supplying such practice exams and thorough written feedback on such practice exams in terms of both structure and substance; and 9. Assist the Executive Director with the Bar Preparation Program as he or she directs. SUMMER DUTIES (generally from graduation in May through August) ASSIST IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL BAR PREP PROGRAM/REVISE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM: 10. Participate in critiquing essays as part of the Supplemental Bar Prep Program, in the number and type the Executive Director shall direct; and 11. Assist in revising segments and components of the Supplemental Bar Prep Program at the direction of the Executive Director. 12. Revise and improve, as needed, the various programs and processes identified in “academic year responsibilities” (Items 1-9) above at the direction of- and in consultation with- the Director. 13. Engage in professional development and continue developing understanding and implementation of best practices in academic success. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
- All candidates must have a Juris Doctor with a high level of academic achievement from an ABA-accredited law school; must be a member in good standing of any bar in the United States. – At the Assistant level: (A) A minimum of three (3) years’ post law-school experience, including legal practice, judicial clerkship, teaching in higher education, or any combination thereof. (B) Must demonstrate transferable knowledge and skills if recent employment is not directly related to this position. – At the Associate Level: (A) A minimum of three (3) years’ post-law school experience, including legal practice, judicial clerkship, teaching in higher education, or any combination thereof, with no less than two (2) post-law school years engaged in conducting Law School Academic Support and Bar Preparation services, teaching law students, or holding a position in an ABA-accredited law school that provides knowledge and skills that are transferable to conducting Academic Support and Bar Preparation Programs for law students. (B) Must demonstrate transferable knowledge and skills if recent employment is not directly related to this position. Also required for all candidates: – Significant knowledge of the substantive law tested on California Bar Examination. – Ability to engage and motivate students individually and in small and large groups. – Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately. – Demonstrate excellent judgment and professionalism at all times. – Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple and competing demands and complete duties in a timely manner. – Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to convey complex legal concepts and teach effective study skills and strategies for academic achievement and bar exam success to a diverse population of students. – Ability to perform successfully and with composure and tact in a demanding environment. – Ability to be discrete and maintain confidentiality at all times, handling student information and sensitive matters while complying with FERPA regulations. – Ability to support a diverse population of students, develop a good rapport with students, and engage students in candid discussions about various aspects of their academic performance and bar exam preparation.

Desired Qualifications
- Membership in the California Bar. – Passing the bar exam on the first attempt. – Experience in classroom and individualized one-on-one teaching of legal writing, legal analysis, essay writing, performance exams, and multiple choice skills as applied to Law School and to the Bar Exam. – Strong analytical skills and experience collecting data and using information to guide informed decision-making.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit proof of membership in a state bar along with your resume, cover letter, and law school transcript(s). Applicants for Staff and Administrator positions must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Chapman University does not sponsor applicants for Staff and Administrator positions for work visas. The offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion and outcomes of a criminal background screening, and returning to the Office of Human Resources a signed original acceptance of the Chapman University Agreement to Arbitrate.

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