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Associate Director, Law School Academic Success & Bar Programs

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Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Law

Position Title & Department:

 Associate Director, Law School Academic Success & Bar Programs; School of Law
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Department Description:

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks in the top 20% (36th out of 204) among U.S. law schools in scholarly impact according to a 2018 study. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a full-time temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated end date of July 31, 2024.

The Associate Director (Temporary), Academic Success and Bar Programs (ASBP), reports directly to the Director of ASBP. The Associate Director of ASBP is responsible for contributing to a robust student experience by providing academic success and bar exam support services to current law students and bar exam support services to recent graduates.

The Associate Director of ASBP is a full-time administrator providing high-level support to the Director on management, execution, and analysis of all academic success and bar preparation programs. The Associate Director of ASBP will be assigned an instructor position to teach ASBP courses on legal analysis and bar exam writing. Additionally, this position assists on the oversight of confidential data for ASBP and other student information databases.

The Associate Director of ASBP works in a collaborative relationship with all JD students, law faculty and administrators, and university offices. The Associate Director of ASBP also actively participates in implementing procedures to enhance the overall effectiveness and efficiency of ASBP. The ability to provide timely, accurate communication is an essential component of this position. This position requires occasional attendance at on and off campus events during normal business hours. Some travel may be required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide One-on-One Academic Counseling and Advising to JD Students:

  • Meet in one-on-one academic counseling by meeting with students individually via appointment and walk-in hours to work with JD students to increase their overall academic study and test taking skills
  • Provide academic skills tutoring for students subject to the Academic Improvement Plan and refer students to relevant resources as needed
  • Meet with recent graduates individually during bar exam cycles to increase their overall bar exam skills
  • Meet with students to advise them on courses to take and how to maximize their law school experiences, particularly during registration season
  • Some personal and non-academic counseling may be required
  • Refer students to other counseling resources when necessary
  • Flag student cases requiring follow-up by Law Student Affairs

Teach Courses Designed to Increase Bar Exam and Legal Analysis Skills:

  • Provide instruction in connection with the department’s academic success and bar preparation programming, as needed and as determined by the Vice Dean, Assistant Dean for Law Student Affairs, and Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs
  • Teaching assignments to occur in the Fall and Spring semesters with continued instruction and support in summer for recent graduates preparing for the bar exam
  • Work with the Director to prepare curriculum for course(s) as needed and support the Director's efforts to improve and align curriculum with other instructors.

Aid the Director in the Continued Development and Management of the Academic Success and Bar Preparation Programming:

  • Review and improve upon current academic support programs for first year students including first year academic success fellows, 1L study groups, study skills workshops, and early outreach programs, including development of programming collateral materials, handouts, web resources, etc.
  • Aid in the development of the academic success program for students beyond their first year
  • Advise and work with students on all aspects of bar exam preparation
  • Host workshops on bar-exam related topics
  • Aid in the creation of digital content for academic skills and bar exam skills
  • As needed, assist with the administration of the Academic Improvement Plans and Probation
  • As needed, assist the Director in the general administration of ASBP, including but not limited to working with the USD law faculty and communicating with commercial bar preparation companies

Perform administrative duties:

  • Perform administrative duties as necessary including tracking event budgets and costs, responding promptly to emails and phone calls, and attending meetings within the department, law school and university
  • Keep up to date on latest trends and practices within bar preparation, academic support and legal education, which may include attending ASBP conferences
  • Attendance and active participation in Orientation and Commencement
  • Assist with Law Student Affairs and ASBP programming and events
  • Work with the Director of ASBP to ensure the web presence of the ASBP programs and development of materials and communications content in support of programming
  • Perform other duties or tasks assigned

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school is required
  • Admission to any state bar is required. 
  • Minimum 1-2 years of closely related experience is required
  • Meaningful experience teaching, tutoring, providing academic skills workshops, or training is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • California state bar admission preferred.
  • ASBP experience strongly preferred
  • Academic counseling or advising experience working with a diverse student body is strongly preferred
  • 2-3 years of closely related experience is preferred
  • Professional experience in a higher education or law school environment is preferred

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail is critical
  • Proven skills in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in an academic or professional setting
  • Ability to exhibit empathy and compassion in a stressful environment
  • Ability to handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, and exemplify appropriate customer service in working with students, faculty, and all levels of university staff and officials
  • Ability to design and deliver programming that supports the learning needs of a diverse student population, including first generation law students, students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, and neurodivergent learners
  • Ability to prioritize workload effectively and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Ability to take initiative in managing projects and ability to develop and keep to timelines
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be proactive with respect to suggestions for improving all aspects of the programs
  • Pleasant demeanor and ability to handle stressful environments during peak times
  • Strong computer skills for spreadsheet reporting, word-processing, creating presentation slides, instructional videos, and hosting meetings via online video platforms
Posting Salary:

$6,437.49 - $6,437.50 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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