Saturday, August 19, 2023

Director of Academic Excellence at Wake Forest

Wake Forest School of Law seeks a Director of Academic Excellence and Bar Support.  The posting is here.  The Director is responsible for the oversight and implementation of academic success and bar support programs and initiatives in support of strong educational and bar examination outcomes. Using a data-driven approach and continuous improvement mindset, the Director will set goals and measure outcomes, develop plans, and engage students to help improve their ability to succeed in their academic program, as well as recent graduates in their preparation for the bar examination.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

Academic Excellence:

  • Manage and implement all major support services related to academic excellence and academic support.
  • Develop and implement programming, including workshops, information sessions, and training on academic skills and general topics such as reading and briefing cases, time management, class preparation and participation, and exam strategies.
  • Provide academic support counseling for all students who have self-engaged, who have been identified as at-risk through data analysis, or have been referred through regular, one-on-one appointments.
  • Administer Academic Excellence Program (AEP) for first-year law students, identifying best practices and seeking ways to improve offerings.
  • Teach one section of Critical Academic Skills Enhancement (CASE) course each Spring semester for students who require additional academic support, recruit and supervise additional instructor (if a second section is needed).
  • Explore and implement innovative approaches to academic support, reviewing data and best industry best practices, revising programming and support mechanisms to meet support demands.
  • Work with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to identify and support struggling or at-risk students.

Bar Support:

  • Coordination and implementation of all major services related to bar examination support, with emphasis on continuous improvement of first-time and ultimate bar passage rates.
  • Develop and implement programming including workshops, information sessions, and training on various topics for students and recent graduates such as bar examination and MPRE applications, Character & Fitness, commonly tested legal subjects, and MBE strategies.
  • Teach the Applied Legal Concepts course each Spring semester.
  • Track bar examination taker study progress using data and predictive analytics, identifying at-risk takers and providing encouragement and support.
  • Provide law school leadership team with regular updates on bar taker engagement and leverage former student relationships for motivational outreach.
  • Coordinate July North Carolina bar examination support efforts in Raleigh
    (e.g., lunch, staff greeters, etc.).
  • Explore and implement innovative approaches to bar exam support, reviewing data and revising programming and support mechanisms to meet support demands. 
  • Lead school efforts to understand the NextGen bar exam, work with faculty and staff to recommend changes/additions to curriculum to address NextGen bar exam.


  • Lead data coordination and tracking for ABA Bar Passage Reporting purposes, ensuring data integrity and accuracy for all first time and recent bar takers.
  • Work with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to ensure ABA Bar Passage Report is accurate and submitted timely.
  • Identify opportunities to visualize and report progress in academic excellence and bar support.

Additional Job Description

Other Functions:

  • Manage Academic Success and Bar Support Budget.
  • Supervise Teaching Assistants for Academic Engagement Program.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Juris Doctor degree with at least three years of successful student programming administration, teaching, or a combination thereof, in law schools. Superior writing and oral communication skills. The ability to deliver difficult news and manage difficult conversations. Must be able to work independently and as a member of a team, including interface with all faculty, staff, students, and senior administrators.

Superior judgment, high resilience and energy, strong emotional intelligence, compassion and positivity, innovation, and a continuous improvement mindset. Serving as a community model the successful candidate will have sophistication in academic best practices, understanding of the state of the legal profession and law pedagogy.

Proficiency with technology and software navigation, and the ability to learn new technology.

Time Type Requirement

Full time


Note to Applicant:

This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervi

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