Academic Skills Program Coordinator -- Academic Skills Program

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University of California, Irvine

Academic Skills Program Coordinator -- Academic Skills Program

Recruitment Period Open date: February 11th, 2019 Last review date: March 13th, 2019
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. Final date: April 30th, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Description

The University of California, Irvine, School of Law invites applications for the position of Academic Skills Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will develop, enhance, and implement various programs to assist students in the transition to law school, to promote their successful completion of the J.D. program, and to prepare them to sit for the bar exam. Ideally, the successful candidate will be available to begin on March 15, 2019.

Job Description
The Academic Skills Program Coordinator will promote the academic success of students at the law school and contribute to the design, development, and implementation of the Academic Skills Program. It is expected that the successful candidate will examine and add to existing programs and courses with the same spirit of innovation that characterizes UCI Law. The successful candidate will be expected to exercise independence and judgment, drawing on past experience and careful analysis of the Law School's particular needs. In collaboration with the Director of Academic Skills, the Associate Director of Academic Skills, the Assistant Director of Academic Skills, and faculty members, the Academic Skills Program Coordinator will have the opportunity to:

  • Partner with other members of the Academic Skills team and doctrinal faculty to create content and assist with teaching upper-division courses, first-year programs, and bar preparation programs;
  • Work with students individually and in small groups to improve their legal analysis, exam-taking, and time management skills;
  • Assist with hiring, training, and supervising student fellows to help administer various first-year student programs;
  • Assist in planning and managing the budget for first-year programs, student fellows, and books/materials purchases.
  • Provide feedback to students on practice exams and exercises; and
  • Manage the department's administrative tasks, including, but not limited to coordinating with the program assistant and student workers.


    Candidates for the position must have:

    (1) A J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school;
    (2) Admission to a state bar, preferably California;
    (3) At least one year of experience in law practice and/or law teaching, preferably with experience in law school academic skills;
    (4) Familiarity with the subjects tested on and format of the California Bar Exam;
    (5) Superior written, oral and interpersonal communication skills;
    (6) The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve law students' academic development, and to design, implement and manage innovative programs to promote that development;
    (7) The ability to handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, and exemplify customer service in working with students, faculty, and staff;
    (8) The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse and growing population of students, faculty and administrators; and
    (9) The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

    Preferred: Experience in academic support/skills programs at the law school level.

    Nature of Appointment

    The Academic Coordinator reports to the Director of Academic Skills and works closely with the Associate Directors of Academic Skills. This position is a full-time, twelve-month academic appointment that will be renewed only upon successful performance of the duties above. The candidate in this position has the opportunity to be promoted into an Assistant Director position that includes more independent completion of the duties listed in the job description above. The successful candidate will be provided with the standard vacation and benefits package accorded employees of the University of California. This is not a faculty appointment, and residence during the summer is expected. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

    TO APPLY: To be considered for this position, applicants should submit the following materials:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. Relevant Publications and/or writing samples
    4. Contact information for three references
    5. Statement of Contributions to Diversity

    For more information about UCI Law, visit:

    Interested candidates should submit application materials using UC Irvine's online application system, AP Recruit:

    The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

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    Posted: 2/13/2019
    Application Due: 4/14/2019
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