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Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator - Paralegal Studies

Employer
Middlesex Community College (MA)
Location
Lowell, MA

Job Details

Category:: Full-time Faculty
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Department:: Academic Affairs - Business, Legal Studies & Public Service
Locations:: Lowell, MA
Posted:: May 16, 2024
Closes:: Jun 6, 2024 - 11:59 PM EDT
Type:: Full-time
Position ID:: 175762

About Middlesex Community College:


Middlesex Community College (MCC), established in 1970, provides access to affordable education for a diverse community from all ethnic backgrounds and identities, preparing individuals for success and lifelong learning. We promote academic excellence, provide workforce development opportunities, and empower all learners to become productive and socially responsible members of our local and global communities.


The College provides a broad range of services that are essential to attract, reward, and retain talented faculty and staff. The MCC community promotes a culture of inclusion in which our employees feel supported and empowered to best serve our diverse student population. We are proud to offer our classes on both the Bedford and Lowell campuses, as well as a robust online course offering. MCC is committed to transforming lives as we educate, challenge, and support all students as evident in our strategic plan.


As an Affirmative Action employer, MCC strongly encourages members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence to apply.



Job Description:


Title: Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator - Paralegal Studies


Unit: MCCC Day Faculty


Department: Legal Studies


Reports to: Dean of Business, Legal Studies & Public Service


Date: May 16, 2024


General Summary: This is a full-time faculty position. The Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Paralegal Program, offering associate degree and post-graduate certificate options on both the Lowell and Bedford campuses and online, as allowed by ABA standards. The Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator is a creative and knowledgeable individual responsible for teaching in the program, program and curriculum development, student recruitment and evaluation of transfer course credit, development and coordination of student internships, student advising, and placement assistance for graduates of the Paralegal program at MCC. The coordinator collaborates with full-time faculty, and recruits, supervises, and provides ongoing professional development for adjunct faculty that meet twice per year adhering to ABA requirements. The coordinator maintains and leads an advisory board that meets twice per year adhering to ABA standards. This includes providing outreach to area schools and local bar associations. The faculty is committed to inclusive excellence and diversity and continuous professional development.


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Provide academic leadership and direction within the department that supports Academic Pathways, Program Maps, student transfer and career readiness
  • Staff and schedule courses with full and part-time faculty in accordance with the MCCC contract
  • Coordinate curriculum with other college departments and facilitate their staffing needs
  • Review and evaluate part-time faculty course materials using contractual checklist
  • In consultation with Dean: recruit, interview, and hire new part-time faculty
  • Orient and mentor new part-time faculty
  • Perform classroom observations of part-time faculty using the DCE E-3 form and submit completed forms to Dean and Human Resources
  • Develop and prepare program/department assessment and accreditation materials including Assessment Day activities
  • Coordinate the Paralegal student advising schedule
  • Participate in recruitment activities at open houses, K-12 partnership meetings, high schools, and employers as appropriate
  • Manage the development and improvement of departmental curricula
  • Schedule and chair at least six department meetings over the course of the academic year.
  • Communicate college policies and procedures to full and part-time faculty
  • Prepare timely budget requests
  • Request, interpret, and, present data regarding program and student success
  • Schedule meetings as needed including Advisory Boards, faculty and community meetings
  • Serve as the Paralegal Department point of contact for other departments regarding information requests, issue resolution, and project development
  • Participate in the development and implementation grants as appropriate
  • Choose and order textbooks for un-staffed sections
  • Maintain and update departmental website
  • Serve on departmental and other relevant search committees
  • Other duties within the department assigned
  • Fulfill all contractual obligations


Requirements:


  • Juris Doctorate degree, or other advanced legal degree, such as an LL.M.
  • Admission and good standing to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction
  • Successful teaching experience in a higher-education setting
  • Experience in teaching paralegal courses in two or more substantive legal areas
  • Experience with a variety of instructional methods, and a demonstrated ability to develop or apply innovative instructional approaches, and a willingness to integrate technology into the classroom;
  • Experience with curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Evidence of strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Evidence of the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Evidence of the ability to think critically and creatively
  • Evidence of commitment to continuous professional development in legal or paralegal education
  • Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, veterans, and individuals with different academic preparation levels and varying physical and learning abilities

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of Community College academic programs, services and culture is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with ABA Approval and reporting requirements is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with AAfPE and its standards is strongly preferred


Additional Information:


Salary Range: $52,970 is the starting salary for Column B under the MCCC 2022 Salary Grids for an Assistant Professor Rank with a Master's Degree, actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits, which include:


  • High-quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
  • Competitive Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation, and Personal Time
  • Tuition Benefits for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
  • Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
  • Free employee parking on Bedford and Lowell campuses
  • Eligibility towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Location: Lowell campus with occasional travel to Bedford as needed


Expected Start Date: August 5, 2024


Application Deadline: June 6, 2024



Application Instructions:


All applicants must apply online by submitting:


  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Pre-Employment Requirements:


The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.


All offers of employment at Middlesex Community College are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check. Background checks will be conducted on all final candidates, as deemed necessary.


Middlesex Community College only accepts application materials through our online application system. We are unable to accept application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Human Resources at careers@middlesex.mass.edu.


Middlesex Community College strives to make the application and interview process accessible for all applicants but understands that applicants may still encounter barriers due to ability, language, or technology. If we can make the process any more accessible for you, contact Human Resources at 781-280-3549 or careers@middlesex.mass.edu.


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