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 FERPA and 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, masters in higher education or equivalent dgree. 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.
Internal Number: 179298
About University of Michigan, Law School
Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the JD and 40 in the LLM program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.