Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Law Winston
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otherwise specified. Job Description Summary
The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs will oversee the
academic policies and procedures for all law school academic
programs, including the JD; international LLM, SJD, and visiting
researchers; and MSLs. Also responsible for managing the Registrar,
the incumbent will take a data driven and consistent approach to
administration and be responsible for providing leadership and
support to academic units to ensure compliance and smooth
functioning. While developing initiatives that contribute to the
strategic priorities of the school this position will evaluate and
streamline academic process in areas such as advising and degree
requirement, course scheduling and exams, program and curriculum
review, learning and outcomes, committees and academic events,
enrollment and registration. He/she will set short and long-range
plans and serve as a resource for information and help to develop
and implement the academic vision at the Law School. Job
This position reports directly to the Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs and supervises staff in support of academic
administration. The Academic Team will include the Program
Director, support staff for specific programs, the Registrar, and a
generalist. The incumbent will directly interact with Faculty,
Staff, and Students and services as part of the Senior Staff at the
School of Law. In this new position, and in the growing dynamic
between JD and LLM degrees (both online and in the classroom), the
duties and scope of this position may change as the department
advances and evolves to consistent and standard operation. We
expect the candidate to help build the organization with a focus on
achieving streamlined, clear, and efficient academic services.
JD required with at least 8 years of progressively responsible
experience leading and managing complex legal functions and
academic teams. Previous experience developing or administering
higher education programs required using metrics as a measurement
tool for success.
Must have a strong sense of integrity, respect for differing
points of view and the ability to plan and implement large-scale
projects in coordination with Faculty and Staff. Experience with
organizational development, streamlining historical process,
integration of service, strategic planning and outstanding written
and oral communication skills. Must be able to work independently,
effectively, and collegially with faculty, deans, staff, and
administrators. Strong commitment to outstanding service
Technology : An aptitude for seeking the best use of technology
is required. Strong technological knowledge of Banner and Microsoft
suite of products. Capacity to use leading edge technology to
improve processes and deliverables. Experience with learning
management systems required.
Experience working in a Law School preferred.
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1. Academic Administration
Work directly with the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to
evaluate, refine, and implement academic policies, curriculum, and
Develop and administer consistent academic policies and
procedures across all academic programs.
Implement operations for the Academic Affairs Department
including advising, course evaluation, class schedule,
appointments, onboarding, offboarding, surveys, and events.
Ensure high functioning service standards by using current
technology for all registration processing, exams, enrollment,
degree verification, academic record maintenance, and
Recognize the complexity and differences across law school
populations, including JD students, international LLMs, SJDs and
visiting scholars, as well as online master’s students. Seek to
build systems to best align the services and standardize the
operations while meeting the needs of Law Students, Faculty, and
Increase awareness of common academic issues and recommend
Set milestones and measurements to best understand and evaluate
academic units and design and maintain academic goals and
Develop and implement process in response to the changing legal
environment and for the continued health of our wide and varied
Handle on-going academic policy questions raised by students or
faculty. Identify policies that need revising or issues that are
not addressed by existing policies. Help draft new policies for
consideration by academic policy group and faculty, if needed.
Engage in high-level review of the larger curriculum goals and
understand the interplay between academic programs, the courses
offered, space constraints, and faculty employed.
In coordination with the Deans, review JD, LLM, SJD, and MSL
curricula for coherence, relevance, gap analysis, and appropriate
sequencing in the individual course offerings. Curriculum review
involves assessing whether the appropriate foundational and
advanced courses, assessing whether we offer such courses in
sufficient numbers to meet student demand, and identifying courses
to be added or eliminated, taking into account faculty preferences
and resources and space constraints.
Enhance reporting and tracking tools for Faculty and course
information. Ensure that the needs of all law school programs are
represented in designs of future technology advancements and
2. Academic Support
Build and oversee plans for various Fellow and/or Student
Create pathways that guide students through course requirements
and towards academic success and meet with Faculty and Staff to
develop personalized and supportive environment for advising
Meet with individual students, including fully online degree
students, to advise on course selection, registration, waitlists,
degree audits, or concerns about specific faculty, exams, and
grades. Also meet with students who have questions about academic
policies or are requesting exceptions to a specific policy.
Provide instructional design support for online courses and
ensure that accreditation and regulations are met. Utilize cross
campus resources for instructional design when needed.
In consultation with the Associate Dean and Academic Affairs,
create strategic vision for ideal faculty staffing for each
program, course and JD section.
Propose and negotiate individual teaching loads.
Take lead in communicating with new Faculty during the
Develop teaching resources to provide to academic managers,
academic support, and instructors.
Provide strategic leadership and support for Academic committees
on academic administration standards.
Prepare teaching evaluations and track trends. Understand
concerns and propose solutions of plans for better support and
Oversees all operations of the Academic Teams, including the
Registrar. Sets individual and departmental goals and objectives to
align us with the current legal market and streamlined business
Understand the programmatic and Registrar services we currently
offer vs. what we should offer and seek ways to shift your teams
towards that direction.
Responsible for developing annual performance reviews and
demonstrating tangible progress and outcomes.
Manages performance, sets expectations, and ensures services are
run efficiently and with a friendly, customer service, focus.
Strategically utilize the website to enhance communication
mechanisms and academic tools.
While engaged in academic programs consider opportunities for
creating cross-campus courses with other University programs.
Serve on various academic and administrative committees and
participate in local and national professional organizational
Develop and manage an annual departmental budget and preform
periodic cost and productivity checks. Set benchmarks to show
Keep current with educational and academic developments.
Other duties as assigned.
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