Assistant Director of Student Affairs

May 26, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since.

Unit Job Summary: The University of Chicago Law School is seeking an Assistant Director of Student Affairs to join the Office of the Dean of Students. The Office of the Dean of Students provides a wide range of support for the Law School's student population, which includes approximately 700 JD, LLM, and JSD students. In addition to planning key Law School events including Orientation and Graduation, the Office of the Dean of Students provides academic, personal, and curricular advising, advises the Law School's 70+ student organizations, and offers student programming on a variety of topics, including diversity, leadership, and wellness. The Assistant Director of Students works closely and supportively with the Dean of Students staff, assisting with the range of activities and services offered by the Office. The individual in this position will: - Provide academic advising, curricular advising, and personal counseling to students; - Respond to student bar-related questions; - Serve as the liaison to the Registrar's Office on tasks related to faculty course evaluations and exam administration; - Participate in the managing and planning of events organized and supported by the Office of the Dean of Students, including Orientation, Graduation, and community-building programming; and - Contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the Office's mission, operations, policies and procedures.

Unit Education: J.D. required.

Unit Experience: - A minimum of 2 years work experience as a legal professional required; candidates with 4+ years of relevant experience will be considered for an Associate Director title - Experience in student affairs or higher education considered a plus

Unit Job Function Competencies: The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in mentoring students and working collaboratively with his or her colleagues, both eager to learn from as well as support the work of others. Specific skills that are required include: - Outstanding interpersonal skills characterized by the ability to effectively interact and work with a range of constituents, including Law School students, faculty and staff; - Strong client-service orientation; - Exceptional organizational and oral/written communication skills; - Solid project management skills, with the ability to handle frequent interruptions while completing work accurately and on time; - Familiarity with student advising and counseling techniques; - Excellent professional judgment; - Resourceful problem-solver with the ability to anticipate problems and generate options for resolution; - Social perceptiveness and a strong sense of empathy; - Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; - Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of student records following confidentiality rules established by FERPA, the State of Illinois, and the University of Chicago; - Experience in multicultural contexts and the ability to work with multicultural/diverse groups.

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