Friday, December 3, 2021

Director of Academic Success at Vermont Law School


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, social and restorative 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

Vermont Law School is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We grow and learn better together with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. In recruiting for faculty and staff, we seek unique backgrounds to enrich and challenge our community. 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 Vermont Law School strives to raise the bar for being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, place of birth, marital status, disability, veteran's status, HIV status, pregnancy, genetic information, health insurance status, and crime victim status.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Academic Success Program 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 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.

The Director of Academic Success answers directly to the Vice Dean for Students. The Director also has two direct reports: the Assistant Director of Academic Success and the Academic Success Program Manager. The Director of Academic Success teaches core ASP courses, including Foundations of Legal Analysis, Legal Methods, and Bar Exam Skills & Tactics (BEST). The Director is also responsible for coordinating 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 Vermont (UBE) February bar exam before graduating in May.

The Director is also responsible for presenting at ASP workshops, meeting with students individually, collaborating with faculty and staff, serving on faculty committees, and other 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:

  • Supervise the Assistant Director of Academic Success and the Academic Success Program Manager.
  • Design and teach courses for high-risk students, students on academic probation, and students preparing for the bar examination.
  • Provide individual tutoring and counseling for students about study habits, skills, tools for improvement, time management, outlining, exam preparation, and bar-related issues.
  • Design, plan and implement, academic support programs for all students at VLS.
  • 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 Program websites, bulletin boards, flyers, and emails.
  • Aid in design and implementation of pre-orientation and orientation activities for incoming students.
  • Continuously work to increase awareness of department services. Provide support to doctrinal faculty in utilizing Academic Success services.
  • Help students in connecting and maximizing usage of institutional and community resources.
  • Coordinate activities of Student Mentors and oversee Mentor selection, training, and support. Meet regularly with Student Mentors to monitor both mentor and mentee progress.
  • Maintain involvement in national activities related to academic success.

Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Juris Doctor degree required with a license to practice law.
  • 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.
  • Familiarity with first-year law curriculum.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn FERPA regulations.
  • Strong legal analysis skills.
  • Excellent writing ability.
  • 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.

Other Requirements:

  •   Respect – Understanding and interest in incorporating VLS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion values into the classroom and workspace.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility - Must be able to adapt to new and emerging technology as established and communicated by the law school to carry out the administrative duties associated with teaching. Willingness and ability to work remotely in emergency situations. Ability to work the occasional after-hours and weekend hours required to support students in this position. 
  • Communication - talk and/or listen to convey or exchange information; communicate effectively and efficiently in written correspondence and technical correspondence; process and comprehend written material; exchange ideas, information, and opinions with others to formulate policies and programs and/or jointly arrive at conclusions, solutions, or dispute resolution. 
  • Professional Discretion - exercise thoughtful judgment and meet deadlines; develop and maintain effective professional relationships with others; function effectively under stress; adapt to changing environments; display flexibility; and function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities.
  • Collaboration- This position requires collaboration with peers and colleagues as well as students, and the ability to independently manage deadlines and multiple projects. 
  • Service- Faculty and staff at Vermont law school provide service to students, the community, and one another through service on committees and appropriate volunteer opportunities both on-and off-campus.
  • Scholarship- Faculty at Vermont Law School are encouraged to pursue research and scholarship opportunities as a critical part of their own continuous learning process.
  • Safety - Willingness to participate with the Vermont Law School faculty and student community and follow Covid19 safety policies and guidelines as laid out by the One VLS Action Team based on the changing landscape of the Covid19 pandemic.

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