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USC Gould School of Law

Los Angeles, CA


Dean of Students


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The University of Southern California, Gould School of Law seeks a full-time Dean of Students to join its team.


Founded in 1896, the Gould School of Law has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new ground. USC first introduced legal education in Southern California. Today, the law school continues to make history through its philosophy of innovation and through its people.


The Dean of Students will be responsible for the strategic leadership of the Gould School of Law’s Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts, and Externship Programs. This position will lead the operations of student registration, grades and records, and academic services, in addition to Student Life and Externship Programs. This position will also work collaboratively with other student services offices within the Law School.


Job Summary:

• Plans, coordinates, and provides leadership in all aspects of the curriculum offerings of the Law School. Liaises with the Graduate & International Programs office who supports the curriculum for non-JD graduate programs.

• Develops and maintains the academic schedule for the Law School, updating course offerings in accordance with University policies and procedures.

• Updates the Student Handbook in consultation with faculty committees.

• Establishes and administers processes and procedures for student records management, archiving, and destruction, in accordance with established regulations, policies, and standards for the maintenance, handling, and disposition of student and institutional records.

• Oversees compilation, recording, verification, and dissemination of all data related to curriculum, academic progress, grades, and bar pass rates for the Law School.

• Provides and/or oversees provision of academic advising to JD students regarding graduation requirements, to include residency requirements, bar course-load selection, certificate requirements, and time management requirements for graduation.

• Oversees all aspects of the examination process for the Law School including the JD, non-JD graduate and undergraduate programs. Creates examination schedules, directs and supervises exam preparation and distribution to faculty, final exam accommodations under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for students, and proctoring.

• Oversees examination retention and destruction, in accordance with established policies, regulations, and guidelines.

• Monitors JD student academic standing, and suspension; certifies completion of graduation requirements and eligibility for bar examinations: serves as the Academic Integrity Coordinator (AIC) for the JD program.

• Manages the processing and recording of all student grades across all programs, submission of grades to main campus, processing of grade changes, and tabulation of academic and graduation honors listings.

• Oversees the supervision of registrar personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion, enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance.

• Serves as a member of the senior leadership team, provides leadership, and works collaboratively with all areas of the school in developing, implementing and measurement of the School's registrar functions and the direction and deployment of school resources.

• Manages the Law School’s academic services, to include academic and professional advising, and other student services.

• Serves as the liaison between the law school administration and the registration services office and academic services offices.

• Overseeing the planning, implementation of and evaluation of goals related to diversity and inclusion within the school. This includes facilitating and creating new initiatives, presentations, and activities that foster a culture of openness and inclusion.

• Builds strong relationships with members of the leadership team to drive awareness, commitment and accountability for DEI action plans across the school.

• Creates a strategic plan to monitor and measure DEI outcomes.

• Partners with JD Admissions office to support the enrollment of a diverse class. This may include delivering diversity reports on an annual or as-needed basis, and meeting with the Dean of Admissions to discuss strategic objectives.

• Partners with Communications to communicate DEI initiatives and messaging.

• Engages the Gould community and soliciting feedback to identify gaps. This includes advising student groups to empower, educate, and involve students in DEI efforts; launching climate surveys and facilitating listening sessions.

• Promotes, advises upon, and supports curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity.

• Acts as a resource for faculty, staff, and students in providing support on DEI matters

• The position is responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of student services programming and delivering student care services.

• Actively participates in and oversees both short-term and long-term strategic planning for student programming

• Oversees Gould Gateway content creation

• Manages the J.D. Study Abroad program

• Mental health coordination for students as needed and responsible for submitting EEO-TIX reports to the Dean, including the JD, non-JD graduate and undergraduate programs

• Creates and delivers community-building programs for JD and LLM students

Partners with JD admissions in the onboarding of JD students.  This includes primary responsibility for the JD Orientation program.

• Oversees the annual awards ceremony

• Oversees the delivery of wellness week programming

• Other tasks as assigned


Expectations for Performance:

The Dean of Students (DOS) will utilize strong leadership qualities and the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues throughout the school, university and communities served by the school. The Dean of Students will learn, use, and implement current and future technologies in support of the student life cycle, and utilize strong administrative, planning and problem-solving skills.  The Dean of Students will possess and utilize a strong working knowledge of higher education, and student services. The DOS will understand the needs and desires of non-traditional students, will be committed to academic excellence, the provision of high-quality services, and will understand and respect institutional policies and procedures.


Relevant Credentials and Preferred Experience:

• Qualifications may include one or more of the following: A JD or a master’s or doctorate degree; at least three years of successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experience and Higher Education experience; demonstrated program management and design; and, a strong record of established relationships with other business professionals and with professional organizations

• Relevant experience in higher education in the areas of student services/student affairs including budgetary and personnel management responsibilities, and strategic planning.

• Five years in an academic leadership role.

• Knowledge of and experience in applying best practices in the areas of student services, diversity, equity, and inclusion, academic policies, and registration services.

• Knowledge of current regulations pertaining to student records and protection of student information/identity (ie. FERPA).

• Possess ability to utilize technology to facilitate, support and improve student services; possess excellent problem resolution, project management and leadership skills; demonstrated experience in resource allocation and implementing change; and demonstrated ability to work collegially with students, faculty, administrators, and support personnel.


Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Managerial experience in student programming or services


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Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould).  Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions.  At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.





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