Sunday, October 23, 2022

Assistant Director of Academic Achievement at Chapman

Chapman is hiring an Assistant Director of Academic Achievement!  This is an entry-level position ideal for someone with 0-2 years of experience.  More information and the application can be found at

Job Description Summary
The Assistant/Associate Director of Academic Achievement will have the responsibility of working with the Assistant Dean of Academic Achievement (“Assistant Dean”) and the Associate Dean of Academic Achievement and Bar Preparation (“Associate Dean”) 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.
ACADEMIC YEAR DUTIES (generally spring and fall semesters) WORKSHOPS/COURSES/CLASSES
    • In conjunction with the Assistant Dean, conduct workshops/classes in the Academic Support Program and Orientation.
    • Teach courses covering both skills and substance as assigned by the 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. 
    • Assist the Assistant Dean in implementing the Academic Fellows program, including coordinating fellow selection and conducting trainings for the fellows. 
  • 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; 
  • 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 Assistant Dean); 
  • Work with Assistant Dean to identify students of greatest need. Conduct outreach to and prioritize direct services to those students. 
  • 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 Assistant Dean and develop strategies to improve student outcomes. 
  • 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 
  • Assist the Associate Dean with the Bar Preparation Program as he or she directs. 

  • Participate in critiquing essays as part of the Supplemental Bar Prep Program, in the number and type the Associate Dean shall direct; and
  • Assist in revising segments and components of the Supplemental Bar Prep Program at the direction of the Associate Dean.
  • 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 Assistant Dean.
  • Engage in professional development and continue developing understanding and implementation of best practices in academic success.
Required Qualifications
  • 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. Must have passed the bar exam on the first attempt.
  • 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.
  • 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  
Special Instructions to Applicants
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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