Indiana University Maurer School of Law is seeking a Director of Student Affairs. The director works closely with students, staff, and faculty to enhance the personal and academic development of a diverse student body. Oversees and provides the full spectrum of student activities and support within the law school to encourage student success. Creates, organizes, and supervises numerous co-curricular programs and events, including diversity and inclusion, wellness, and leadership programming. Counsels and advises students regarding their law school academic and co-curricular experience, including personal counseling matters relating to academic progress. Works closely with the Associate Dean of Students on other projects that support student development. Works collaboratively with other law school professionals, including Career Services, Admissions, Budget, Alumni relations, and Dean's office.
Specific duties include:
Meets individually with students to advise regarding their law school academic and co-curricular experience, including personal counseling matters that relate to academic progress and mental health. Creates and maintains relationship with JLAP, CAPS, and other resources for our students.
Engages in intense period of academic counseling before registration, recommending courses to assist students' preparation for the bar and their careers as lawyers. Evaluates enrollment status, prerequisites, graduation requirements, and course load.
Administering Practice Program
Plans, implements, and supervises the Practice Program, including selection, training, overseeing, and regularly meeting with Practice Group Advisors (28 peer mentors for first-year law students).
Supervising Student Groups
Supervises, counsels, and advises more than 35 student organizations and works closely with group leaders to set calendars, offer advice, and mediate disputes, including monthly meetings with student affinity groups. Advises student organizational leaders and helps set the calendar for student events.
Works with the business office to administer new University budgetary regime for students.
Promoting Diversity and Inclusion
Selects and supervises the Diversity and Inclusion Student Fellow.
Works with Fellow and Affinity Groups to create programming and trainings that reflect and support Maurer’s diverse student population around topics of equity and inclusion within law school and after graduation.
Works with the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion committee, and the Assistant Director of Admission and Diversity Initiatives.
Creating and Administering Programs
Academic: Administers the academic enhancement program and enhances the bar support program.
Student Wellness: Creates and Maintains Programs for Student Wellness
Communicates regularly with the student body via email to advertise events, remind about deadlines, and offer services.
Assists with Graduation and Orientation. Helps create graduation written program. Works with university photos to create the graduation composite boards. Attends orientation and makes a presentation to students with the Associate Dean of Students.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree required, Juris Doctor desirable.
Minimum Experience: 2 years of experience required in counseling or higher education/student life experience, preferably in a law school setting. Experience with academic counseling skills and co-curricular programing development skills preferred.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Demonstrated skills in counseling and advising students on personal and academic matters.
Ability to connect with law students and build trusting relationships, foster a welcoming inclusive environment for students, and inspire confidence by demonstrating kindness, good judgment, and fairness.
Ability to handle difficult situations diplomatically, lower tensions by applying a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach to conflict between individual students or student group.
Ability to work independently and exercise judgement and discretion.
Proven ability to learn new material quickly and demonstrated resourcefulness.
Ability to identify potential mental health issues and knowledge of mental health resources.
Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and execute educational programs for students.
Demonstrated experience working within the field of diversity and inclusion or extensive training in or knowledge of diversity and inclusion.
Knowledge of law school experience and bar admission process, or ability to learn about them quickly.
Knowledge of higher education and Indiana University, or ability to learn about them quickly.
Excellent time management skills including ability to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously and deal with pop-up issues without become flustered or overwhelmed.
Ability to track, organize, store, process, and retrieve important information and data.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and knowledge of FERPA.
Ability to collaborate harmoniously with varied constituents including co-workers and other law school offices.
Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
Indiana University is an equal employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.
About Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Maurer School of Law was founded in 1842, and is the University’s flagship law school, located on the main campus in Bloomington, a quintessential college town, 45 miles from Indianapolis. The law school is highly ranked in the nation, with top-ranked programs in tax, intellectual property, and international studies, and JD/MBA program. Our Alumni include the Chief Justice of Indiana, judges throughout the nation, assistant US attorneys, and influential practitioners and business leaders all over the world. The school’s faculty is renowned for its scholarship, teaching, clinical expertise, and collegiality. The city of Bloomington is famous for its livability, culture, and charm. Our student body is talented and diverse, with 60% coming from out of state. We are also proud to be the only law school that houses a Federal Circuit Judge’s Chambers.