Saturday, October 15, 2022

Assistant Dean of Academic & Student Services at Penn State

  • Penn State Dickinson Law, located in Carlisle, PA, is seeking an Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services. The Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Services provides leadership and vision in support of the law school’s commitment to antiracism and mission to prepare students to practice greatness. The Assistant Dean is charged with ensuring a superior educational experience for all students. Reporting directly to the Dean, this position is responsible for academic advising and personal counseling, student life initiatives, strategic planning, community engagement, and best practice administration.

    Job Responsibilities:

    • Addressing academic, personal, and professional issues that arise during law school, including managing disability accommodations, mental health resources, culture and climate concerns, personal counseling, and more.

    • Providing leadership and direction to the law school’s student organizations and their extracurricular activities.

    • Organizes critical student events throughout the year such as Orientation, Commencement, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and wellness programming.

    • Involved when matters arise with potential Honor Code, Code of Student Conduct, or other disciplinary violations.

    • Manages the Assistant Director of Student Services and coordinates with the Director of Academic Success and Bar Passage.

    • Work closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, the Financial Officer, and the Associate Dean for Administration.

    • Serves as the principal liaison between the administration and faculty, and students, providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure a positive student experience.

    • Expected to provide strategic leadership and oversight of student services provided at the law school.

    • Manage the first-year orientation program, transfer and visiting student onboarding, faculty advisor programs, and commencement; oversee internal communication and the Student Academic Handbook.

    • Interpret and ensure compliance with ABA Standards, the Law School’s Honor Code, the Code of Student Conduct, FERPA, and other applicable federal, state, and local laws; provide support for reporting required by the ABA, State Bars and Boards, and US New and World Report.

    • Facilitate the review and resolution of student complaints and issues.

    • Collaborate with the Office of Career Services on the implementation of strategic goals to support professional development and academic success; partner with the Financial Officer to develop an annual budget and operating plan that supports mission strategic goals and core values.

    • Provide direction to law-school contracted mental health professionals and promote available counseling and crisis resources.

    Additional Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a regular schedule of student appointments, providing individual counseling on a variety of student issues and concerns; expand web-based academic advising resources.

    • Develop a wide range of programs that enhance students’ academic experience; collaborate on resources and programs for academic support and bar preparation, including services to students whose performance indicates an opportunity for improvement.

    • Advise the graduate education administrator on initiatives for LL.M. and S.J.D. students.

    • Oversee all student conduct, discipline, and grievance proceedings; and provide advice on character and fitness matters related to bar qualification. Other related duties will be assigned as necessary by the organization.

    • Work with law school leaders to create an engaged, inclusive environment for students.

    • Be a liaison to other campus offices serving student needs to ensure the comprehensive administration of services and resources to law students.

    • Serve on law school task forces, standing committees, and advisory groups, and participate in the ongoing development and evaluation of law school policies, services, and systems.

    • Work with faculty and administration to identify and address problems arising within the student learning environments, social communities, or co-curricular activities.

    • Work closely with individual students and student groups to cultivate and enhance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the law school community.

    Typical Education & Experience:

    • Juris Doctor; at least five years of progressively responsible related work experience (for example, in higher education student services, counseling, student advisement, law, or similar fields)

    • Exceptional written, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

    • Strong computer skills including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite of applications; demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse population.

    • Ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries; ability and willingness to adjust to changing priorities on very short notice.

    • Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines; and ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion.

    • Experience with the administrative structure of a large university is desired.

    The Assistant Dean must be familiar with pedagogy, curriculum design, and learning theory to collaborate on student learning and bar preparation advising with the faculty. In addition, this position is the Dickinson Law liaison with campus-wide offices, including the Counseling Center, Disability Resources, Behavioral Threat Management Team, Student Conduct, Title IX Office, Affirmative Action, Coalition for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and more to ensure that students receive the full spectrum of services available through the university.

    The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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