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We seek an assistant dean for Student Life to serve as the Dean of Students, who will report to the Associate Dean for Academic Programming. The Dean of Students leads the work of the Office of Student Life and Student Records, including directly managing the Director of Student Services, the Law School Registrar, and two administrative staff members, and has a broad portfolio with responsibility for JD student services administration (collaborating with the Assistant Dean for International Affairs on matters pertaining to LLM and SJD students). The Dean of Students works collaboratively with faculty and administrators, particularly those in student-centric offices, to ensure delivery of consistent and coordinated student support, and to ensure a vibrant, challenging, and academically rewarding environment that fosters an outstanding student experience both in and out of the classroom. The Dean of Students must pay particular attention to creating an inclusive community that serves the needs of a diverse student population.
The assistant dean:
Provides strategic vision, leadership, guidance, and operational oversight for the Office of Student Life so that it can meet the changing demands of a highly intellectual and diverse student body;
Provides leadership and oversight for policy development, ongoing assessment, communication to students, and response to critical incidents;
Collaborates with other senior administrative leaders, faculty, academic deans, academic support professionals, and student organizations to foster community, create opportunities for student learning, and support and promote student health and wellness;
Works in close collaboration with Associate Dean for Academic Programming on a host of issues relating to curricular planning and implementation;
Oversees the Office of Student Records and collaborates with the Registrar on issues relating to exam administration, bar exam certification, degree audits, academic advising, and curriculum including construction of the yearly course schedule;
Develops and implements a wide range of programming, presentations, and activities, designed to optimize our students’ experience of and participation in their academic experience, including co- and extracurricular pursuits, and, in collaboration with the Office of Career Planning, to develop their leadership and professionalism skills;
Works closely with individual students, as well as with the Law School Student Senate and all student groups, to enrich the climate both within and outside the classroom, to provide peer-mentoring programs, and to cultivate and enhance the diversity of the Law School community;
Maintains a regular schedule of student appointments, providing individual counseling on a wide array of student academic and personal issues and concerns;
Acts as liaison to central University offices, such as the Office for Institutional Equity, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Counseling and Psychological Services;
Develops resources and programming on academic advising, and coordinates provision of academic support services, including services to students whose performance indicates opportunity for improvement;
Fosters and enhances the Law School community commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including representing the Law School on school and University committees, designing inclusive programming, and planning the annual Michigan Access Program on social identity and justice;
Interprets and ensures compliance with ABA Standards, the Law School’s Academic Regulations, University rules, and FERPAand other applicable federal, state, and local laws;
Oversees all student conduct, discipline, and grievance proceedings, and serves as point person for character and fitness evaluations and other issues related to bar qualification;
Serves as first point of contact for all students seeking disability accommodations, and communicates, oversees, and assists in implementation of all accommodations;
Represents the Law School to internal and external constituencies, including presentations to large audiences such as at admitted student weekends, orientations, and alumni events;
Plans and executes annual orientation and Service Day program;
Attends a variety of student-led events and activities, including on weekends and during evenings.
Juris doctor degree. Five years of progressively responsible experience in higher education or the legal industry. Excellent understanding of legal education, student affairs best practices and trends (including disability services, sexual assault, student wellness, and misconduct procedures), and a proven commitment to fostering student success, growth, and achievement. Proven ability to succeed in a fast-paced work environment. Experience with direct supervision of multiple staff members, as a consensus-builder and team leader. Demonstrated ability to counsel and connect with law students, and success working with multicultural student populations. Exemplary oral and written communication skills, characterized by the ability to work effectively with a range of constituents, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University colleagues. Excellent interpersonal skills. Resourceful problem-solver, with a proven ability to work well independently and collaboratively. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Excellent judgment, tact, discretion, and demonstrated high standards for professionalism. Track record of building systems and processes for appropriate response to time-sensitive issues. Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills. Familiarity and comfort with data-management tools. Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously, to be decisive, and to work well under pressure while maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor.
At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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