Friday, January 20, 2023

Academic Support Specialist at University of Illinois Chicago

The UIC School of Law, Chicago’s only public law school, is seeking an Academic Support Specialist, Academic Achievement & Bar Preparation.

This position will provide support to law students (day and evening), beginning in their first year, on study skills, critical and analytical thinking, exam strategies, time management techniques, and prepares students and graduates for the bar exam. The Specialist will teach skills courses, conduct workshops, and review and provide critical and constructive feedback on exercises and practice exams. The Specialist will also spend a significant time providing academic advising and counseling with a diverse range of students.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Academic Achievement Team to develop the curriculum for the lL Expert Learning courses and teach a section or two in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Collaborate with the Academic Achievement Team to develop the curriculum for the bar preparation courses and teach a section or two in the fall and spring semesters.
  • Teach workshops, such as the Bar Boot Camp, and work directly with recent graduates in the bar preparation program.
  • Counsel and assist law students and graduates on law school and bar exam success. Many of our students are from diverse backgrounds and are first generation law students.
  • Review and provide meaningful feedback on practice exams and other formative assessment exercises submitted by law students and graduates.
  • Stay abreast and regularly update the deans and faculty of best practices and trends in law school academic support and bar preparation programs.
  • Communicate and coordinate with and stay abreast of the recent trends in commercial bar review programs.
  • Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, develop and manage staff to ensure that a qualified staff exists to meet group objectives.
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • A J.D. degree from an ABA-approved law school is required.
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction and have at least three years of teaching experience, preferably at least one year at a law school.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment; strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Works collaboratively with members of a professional team;
  • Excellent and patient listener;
  • Interacts with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures;
  • Diagnoses student challenges with a holistic approach;
  • Familiarity with psychological barriers that affect student performance;
  • Optimistic and positive outlook;
  • Creative and innovative problem solver;
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills;
  • Manage time efficiently to handle multiple tasks;
  • Strong technology skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

For fullest consideration, apply online by the listed closing date. Include (upload) a .pdf copy of your letter of intent, current CV/resume, and the names of 3 references.

The University of Illinois Chicago and the State of Illinois offer competitive wages, benefit programs, and resources for employees. UIC is strongly committed to providing equitable benefit options throughout each stage of employment. Many benefits become effective on the first day of employment. Benefits offered by UIC include health care options, wellness programs, educational opportunities, tuition assistance, vacations, holidays and other leave benefits, and University retirement plans. Detailed information on specific employee benefits may be found on the Benefits website.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a disability.

Offers of employment by the University of Illinois may be subject to approval by the University’s Board of Trustees and are made contingent upon the candidate’s successful completion of any criminal background checks and other pre-employment assessments that may be required for the position being offered. Additional information regarding such pre-employment checks and assessments may be provided as applicable during the hiring process.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit here.

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