The Master of Science in Law (MSL) is an exciting, innovative, new master's degree offering in the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; it aims to empower STEM professionals with an understanding of the legal, regulatory, business, and policy implications of their work. The MSL program has a very diverse student body, with students of different ages, levels of work experience, backgrounds, race and ethnicity, and career goals. We are looking for a Director of Program Development, who will be primarily responsible for overseeing and delivering a variety of student services to the MSL community, including academic, curricular, career development, and personal counseling, as well as planning and executing comprehensive programming in these areas. The Director will also be involved with communications, marketing, and recruitment for the MSL program. We are looking for a person who has experience working with diverse students and a variety of stakeholders; a detail-oriented individual with strong writing, communications, and managerial skills; and a person with strong decision-making ability and good judgment. Experience with or knowledge of legal education is a plus. We invite you to consider joining the MSL team -- collaborative, fun, and hard-working, we enjoy the opportunity to help develop the MSL program in its formative years, and we have a great time working with our incredible student body.
Reporting to the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Law (MSL) Program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, the Director of Program Development will perform a wide range of complex administrative, managerial, and academic programming and advising duties to support the ongoing success of this exciting and rapidly evolving interdisciplinary master’s degree program.
Administration & Management
In conjunction with the MSL Program Director, serve as a principal point person and source of information for the MSL Program; act as liaison with related programs at other universities and organizations.
Provide strong, dynamic programmatic and administrative leadership to include supervision of three staff members. Management responsibilities include training, workload management, performance evaluation, policy development, and overall assessment of staffing.
Ensure the effective, compliant, and efficient management of all academic, operational, and financial functions in support of the MSL Program’s mission and in coordination with the law school and central offices.
Prepare budget reports and maintain supervision of MSL revenues and expenses. Assist with budget planning, and monitor compliance with all financial and budget regulations.
Provide direction and thought leadership to develop strategic goals and objectives, define associated metrics to measure results, and create/obtain resources to ensure success.
Develop and cultivate internal and external collaborations and partnerships, including acting as primary liaison with relevant law school departments such as admissions, registrar, student services, etc.
In partnership with Law Marketing, facilitate execution of the MSL Program marketing plan to ensure effective communication and ongoing promotion of the program. Assess effectiveness of MSL-related marketing, recruitment, and communication efforts.
In collaboration with the MSL Program Director, assist with the faculty recruitment and onboarding process. Manage communication with the faculty to ensure a smooth transition to the law school and assist faculty with navigating departmental and university policies/procedures.
In partnership with Law ARD, support a comprehensive system of alumni relations and development for the MSL program.
Academic Programming & Development
Collaborate closely with the MSL Program Director to develop measures to evaluate the effectiveness of courses and use of student and instructor feedback. Implement, assess, and administer instructional development programs. Provide ongoing feedback and recommendations.
Support efforts for optimal design of curriculum and instruction, in both on-the-ground and online formats. Help create effective and strategic uses of multimedia. Facilitate collaboration with multimedia content developers and faculty to develop instructional materials.
Supervise the assessment and examination process; coordinate with faculty and law school staff to ensure smooth functioning of the final examination system. Oversee application of the Honor Code and supervise the student disciplinary process.
Participate in related committee work at the university, law school, and department levels.
In collaboration with the MSL Program Director, serve as an advisor to individual students on the admissions process, academic issues, curricular and educational decisions, and academic progress and performance.
Provide personalized academic counseling and advising that fulfills program requirements and supports MSL students’ future plans as well as intellectual interests.
Provide comprehensive outreach to students who are at risk of not meeting satisfactory academic progress.
In conjunction with the Dean of Students and Counseling and Psychological Services staff, make appropriate referrals for students in need of personal counseling.
Manage and implement an integrated program of resources and services designed to assist students in academic planning.
Facilitate adult students’ capacity to successfully manage the demands of the program with professional/personal responsibilities and help develop realistic academic goals.
Lead communication efforts to acclimate MSL students to the law school and provide ongoing support to help students navigate law school and central university policies/procedures.
Assist in the planning and execution of MSL student events to promote community, professional development, and academic success.
Perform other duties as assigned.
JD or other advanced degree, or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and training
7 years’ work experience, preferably in a higher education or similar environment
Management experience preferred
Demonstrated progressively responsible work experience
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong relationship building and communication skills
Ability to work with individuals at all levels of the organization
Proven organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and problem-solving ability
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39492
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.