The College of Law is looking to add an Academic Coach to help bolster the student experience. This role will Support the Dean of Students in providing developmental and administrative coordination for student services activities at the College of Law. Provide one-on-one academic advising and guidance for success to students pursuing professional degrees at the College of Law; work closely with recognized student organizations and the Iowa Student Bar Association. Help students identify options, set academic and developmental goals, and progress towards those goals. Gather data and collaborate with other colleges and academic programs on matters that impact student recruitment, success, and retention. Administer, advocate for, or take a leadership role in programs and initiatives that facilitate student transition, success, and retention or that enhance the overall function of academic advising at the College of Law.
This position is eligible for a combination of on-campus and remote work. Work arrangement options will be discussed during the hiring process.
About the College of Law
Iowa Law has a unique culture that values collaboration more than competition. It is a warm and congenial community where students hail from across the country and possess views across the political spectrum. But they come together here civilly and constructively to debate controversial topics and learn to solve thorny problems. They become collaborative colleagues and often lifelong friends. When they graduate, our students take with them a desire and a commitment to lead our world to a better future. And they go far. Our 10,500+ alumni network spans the state, the nation, and the world.
Iowa Law is a small school with big advantages: a collegial environment built around the power of teamwork, highly regarded faculty who can teach students to analyze issues from all angles, and hands-on opportunities that turn theoretical concepts into actual experience. Iowa Law is one of only two US law schools with a federal criminal defense clinic. We have four well-known law journals, a robust field placement program, and a storied legal writing program. These are just a few ways Iowa Law sets up students for success.
Key Areas of Responsibility
Guide and monitor student progress toward graduation
Advise and counsel a diverse student population on degree requirements, assist in creating a plan of study based on academic and career goals, and encourage participation in programs and opportunities that can enhance collegiate and career success.
Provide mentoring, guidance, and outreach to students who experience challenges and issues that may impact academic success.
Student Growth, Development, and Success
Coordinate and/or implement advising strategies and programming that facilitate student growth, development, and success
Provide feedback to faculty members regarding student concerns and actively assist decision making towards a resolution
Understand diversity, equity, and inclusion issues students face and incorporate advising best practices in communication and actions to facilitate a welcoming and supportive climate for all students
Advocacy from the Advising Perspective
Perform outreach to faculty advisors, and to other related programs and services
Support Career Services office on placements for students and graduates
Student Recruitment and Retention
Assist and respond to incoming calls and emails
Provide feedback and offer suggestions to enhance recruitment and retention programs; Develop and deliver training and student retention programming
Assist with coordination of specific recruitment and/or retention programs; manage student organizations and the student activities fair, including funding opportunities, working with Engage, risk management, budgeting, etc.
Strategic Staffing and Professional Development
represent the college at regional and national conferences
provide strategic assistance to collegiate management team as needed
Participate in diversity, equity and inclusion training each year; participate in orientation, commencement, exam, and other student-related activities
For a copy of the full job description, please email the contact below.
A Master's degree in Education or Student Services or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience is required.
Minimum one-year experience working in an advising capacity.
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to address the advising needs of students.
Demonstrated understanding DEI issues and ability to effectively interact with diverse populations required.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Possession of a JD degree.
Experience working in a Law related field.
Knowledge of University of Iowa policies and procedures.
In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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About University of Iowa
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.