Saturday, April 2, 2022

Director of Academic Success at Stanford

Stanford is accepting applications for a Director of Academic Success.  The posting is here.

The Director of Academic Success will promote the academic success of Stanford Law students in all cycles of the student experience, from matriculation, throughout law school, and as they prepare to enter the legal profession. This newly created position presents an opportunity to conceptualize and build an academic skills program from the ground up.  Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, this position will be situated in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).  This position will join a collaborative team that partners on the many projects designed to support our diverse student population and will work in collaboration with the Director of Legal Research & Writing, the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Associate Dean for Curriculum, and of course the OSA team.

The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to cultural humility and equity. They will be able to showcase a history of working across diverse identities (including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, and ability status) and demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity. The candidate will have a working understanding of the strengths of diverse students as well as an awareness of the role that systems play in privileging certain groups of students while marginalizing others. 

Qualified applicants should submit a CV and a cover letter that specifically addresses their contributions to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as their commitment to life-long learning and excellence in an academic setting.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


  • Manage the academic support and bar advising programs at SLS.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve substantial issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced professional knowledge.
  • Analyze and develop report requirements, portals and student facing communications. Develop a comprehensive communication strategy for informing students about bar requirements and the application process;
  • Develop and implement comprehensive programming for students; analyze their effectiveness, and make strategic recommendations for future programs.
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for the law school’s student population.
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic program policies, requirements for sitting for the bar exam, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
  • Provide consulting advice to internal and external organizations; act as subject matter expert on student success.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Legal Research & Writing, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Dean for Curriculum, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 
  • Provide individual academic counseling to students as they make course selections, including Advanced Degree students who must take courses that satisfy specific bar requirements;
  • Research and remain up to date on current California and New York bar requirements;
  • Develop a comprehensive communication strategy for informing students about the bar requirements and application process;

* Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.  A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school, strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.


Strong preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications and experience:

  •  Admission to a state bar;
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in law practice and/or law teaching with a focus on legal writing and analysis.
  • Experience in academic support/skills programs at the law-school level.
  • Familiarity with the subjects tested on and the format of the California and Uniform Bar Exams;  
  • The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve law students’ academic development, and to design, implement, and manage innovative programs to promote that development;  
  • The ability to handle confidential information and exhibit good judgment in working with students, faculty, and staff;  
  • A strong understanding of the conceptual frameworks of growth mindset, stereotype threat, and belonging;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse population of students, faculty, and administrators; and
  • The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

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