Assistant Dean, Graduate Legal Studies

Denver, USA, Colorado
Mar 08, 2017
University of
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver Law) is a national leader in experiential learning with highly respected graduate programs in tax law, environmental and natural resources law, international business transactions, legal administration, and other fields. Located in one of the nations most dynamic and beautiful cities, Denver Law features a distinguished and internationally recognized faculty, an outstanding and diverse student body, a motivated and highly professional staff, and roughly 17,000 alumni who have achieved careers of distinction in law, business, government, public interest, and other professional domains.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Dean of Denver Law, and working closely with faculty program directors across multiple disciplines and with the University's Office of Graduate Studies, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the law schools LLM and Master's degree programs and related certificates. Among other job-related duties, the Assistant Dean is responsible for marketing, strategic relations, enrollment management, budget planning, professional advising, career development, and alumni relations as they relate to non-J.D. programs. The Assistant Dean manages a staff whose expertise spans multiple domains, works closely with key constituents at the University of Denver and across the city, state, nation, and world, and forms part of the senior leadership team at Denver Law in that capacity, collaborating closely with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and fellow Assistant Deans in advancing the institutions mission and goals.

Essential Functions

  • Manage and strengthen current LLM and Master's degree programs and related certificates at Denver Law and, with the Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, work to develop new programs in light of relevant industry trends and competitor analysis.
  • Forge, expand, and steward relationships with law firms, businesses, governmental entities, educational institutions, and other potential partners locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally with the goal of recruiting outstanding and diverse students, enhancing curricular offerings, and expanding employment opportunities for graduates.
  • Strategically deploy financial resources to improve the colleges ability to attract outstanding students and operate distinctive and highly-regarded academic programs.
  • In conjunction with faculty program directors, review student applications and make admission and scholarship decisions.
  • Develop mentoring, externship, and career services programs to strengthen professional training and broaden professional opportunity for students and graduates.
  • In conjunction with faculty program directors and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, foster and implement curricular innovations, with due regard for current developments in legal pedagogy.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in University Advancement, strengthen bonds with alumni and friends to increase engagement, giving, and other institutional support.
  • Participate in self-assessment, accreditation, and compliance processes as necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced ability to understand industry trends and data and to translate them into strategic action plans.
  • Proven ability to forge mutually beneficial relationships with relevant stakeholders, such as law firms, businesses, governmental entities, educational institutions, and other potential partners.
  • Capacity to solve complex problems with creative solutions.
  • Experience in planning, organizing, and managing processes that bring about the successful completion of specific deliverables.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple events and activities while maintaining focus on details and outcomes.
  • Excellent management ability, including the ability to delegate strategically and to incent optimal performance.
  • Ability to function in a high-pace, collaborative environment.
  • Willingness to travel locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university or college.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in law, business, government, education or another relevant field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of management experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in law, business, accounting or another relevant field.
  • Familiarity with online learning systems and other learning modalities.
  • Working knowledge of the Banner system.
  • Working knowledge of the Slate system.
  • Foreign language ability.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Jessica Neumann at .

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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