Proactively develops and implements programs to enrich the law school experience and to help law students succeed in school, personally, and professionally. Provides leadership and management support in all areas of student life and culture. The Assistant/Associate Dean of Law Student Affairs reports to the Dean of the Law School and must collaborate with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, appropriate faculty committees, the Admissions Office, the Office of Career Strategy, the Academic Success Program, the University Registrar, the Advancement team, and other administrative personnel. The Assistant/Associate Dean of Law Student Affairs is expected to work collaboratively with the University Student Affairs Office and all other University offices. The Assistant/Associate Dean also supervises the Law Student Affairs Coordinator, the Director of Law Records, and the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Diversity, Recruitment and Engagement.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.
Develops and implements a wide variety of programs ensuring that law students succeed in law school, both personally and professionally. This includes preparation of, authority, and responsibility for the law school’s student affairs budget.
Collaborates with other senior administrators at the law school and the University, including the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Career Strategy, the Assistant Dean of Finance, the Assistant Dean of Law Admissions, the University Student Affairs Office, the Academic Success Program, the University Registrar, the Advancement team, and other administrative personnel. Works effectively through faculty governance processes, serving on faculty committees and cooperating with individual faculty.
Works with the Academic Dean and the Office of Career Strategy to develop a comprehensive academic and professional development program, including bar preparation and support. Provides guidance to students on their academic progress, in conjunction with the Academic Dean and the Director of Law Records.
Supports the law school’s efforts to attract, serve, and retain a diverse student body, and to promote an inclusive environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
Evaluates and makes recommendations regarding changes to relevant school of law policies. Responsible for production and appropriate distribution of relevant documents and manuals to students.
Provides, supervises, and coordinates appropriate student counseling and intervention efforts regarding educational, professional, and personal matters. Provides counseling and referral services to students regarding University services, including financial aid. Liaison with relevant University offices.
Supervises, coordinates, advises, and promotes student organizations, including law school student government. Assists student organizations in establishing appropriate governance structures in compliance with all law school and University requirements. Actively supports student organizations in building substantive programming.
Serves as an advisor for and provides support for law school and University student discipline structures, including ensuring reporting by students of character and fitness matters. Coordinates and supervises student disability services at the law school, including communicating to students regarding disability issues. Arranges for classroom and exam accommodations.
Works with Orientation Committee to develop and organize orientation for entering students. Builds and manages programming for orientation involving law faculty and administrators, practitioners, bar associations, University administrative personnel, and law school student organizations.
In conjunction with the communications director, oversees the law school webpages devoted to student life.
Plans, organizes, and supervises law school graduation and award/recognition ceremonies.
Achieves and maintains high level of continuing professional development by attending conferences. Facilitates ongoing education of the faculty and staff regarding student affairs and student life issues.
Manages and maintains student information appropriately and confidentially.
Member of the dean’s leadership team.
Performs other related duties as assigned in support of the law school's and the University's mission and strategic goals.
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Work Schedule: 8:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday. After hours availability is required for this position.
Bachelor’s degree required. JD from a school accredited by the American Bar Association strongly preferred. Experience in higher education student affairs, law school admissions, career services or academic advising, or a combination of experience and education from which a similar background would be obtained is also preferred. Demonstrated excellence in organizational ability, collaborative work, verbal and written communication, and interpersonal skills required. Strong commitment to confidentiality and adherence to policies and procedures. Proven ability to work with law students.
Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Resume and cover letter are required. Upload both required documents to the Resume/CV upload section of the application. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Working Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a minimum of one booster. New employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a ...campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.