Friday, January 21, 2022
Director of Academic Success at Georgetown
Director for Academic Success, Office of the Dean of Students - Georgetown University Law Center
America’s largest single-campus law school, Georgetown University Law Center is deeply committed to the holistic education of the whole law student, and to helping students develop the personal, academic and professional skills that will enable them to thrive in law school, in the modern legal profession, and in the pursuit of justice and the common good.
In that spirit, the Law Center is seeking a talented and experienced legal educator to serve as the Director for Academic Success (DAS) in the school’s Office of the Dean of Students. The DAS is a crucial member of the Dean of Students’ senior leadership team, and serves five primary roles at the law school, each of which supports the academic, personal and professional success of JD students outside the classroom:
- Developing and managing academic support services for JD students, including teaching academic success skills development programs, engaging in individual advising, and overseeing a large scale peer-to-peer tutoring program. The academic support program focuses on the school’s approximately 600 first-year JD students, with a special focus on students who may need additional support adjusting to law school pedagogy.
- Overseeing and advising the Barristers’ Council, the school’s nationally acclaimed moot court and mock trial competition program and largest student organization.
- Serving as an academic and personal advisor in the Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS), in direct connection with the academic support program.
- Partnering with the Dean of Students, faculty, and senior administration to develop and deliver co-curricular programs that enhance students’ leadership and related professional success skills.
- Participating in formulating and delivering a holistic wellness promotion strategy for the Law Center, and assisting in developing and implementing co-curricular wellness programming and communications.
Reporting directly to the AVP/Dean of Students, the DAS participates in ODOS director meetings and full staff meetings, collaborates daily with the AVP/Dean of Students, collaborates closely with hundreds of full-time and adjunct law faculty, works closely with the Directors of Student Life and Disability Services, and helps to supervise the Assistant Director of Student Life and the Office Manager of Student Life in support of the Barristers’ Council.
- J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
- Highly successful academic record in law school
- At least 4 years of lawyering and/or law teaching experience
- Track record of innovative program and/or course development and management
- Ability to think imaginatively and critically about how to measurably improve law students’ academic development and writing, analytical, and organizational skills; and to design, implement and manage programs and advising approaches to promote that development
- Ability to work collaboratively with a highly diverse and at times demanding population of students, faculty and administrators
- Ability to counsel, advise and instruct individual students from highly diverse backgrounds, including many students from historically under-represented backgrounds
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities
- Excellent judgment, discretion and professionalism
- Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
- An understanding of recent developments and trends in legal pedagogy and the legal profession
- High emotional intelligence and empathy
Teaching experience, especially in Legal Writing or a related legal discipline
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