The Director, Academic & Professional Excellence is responsible for curating and directing all academic excellence programming, counseling students on their academic preparation and success, and supporting the Associate Dean of Student Services as needed. This includes planning, coordination, project management, internal and external networking, conflict management, and teamwork within Student Services as outlined in the duties described below.
- Implementation of all academic excellence programming in Summer, Fall, and Spring, and incorporating student and faculty feedback to most effectively, efficiently, and successfully meet the needs of Northwestern Law students. These offerings include the Summer Law Preparatory Program, Acclimating to Law School, Case Briefing, Outlining, Exam Writing, and Post-Exam Learning, as well as other periodic presentations.
- Advise and counsel individual students on academic progress and performance, personal issues, educational decisions, and any other academic issues and objectives.
- Solicit, select, and supervise APEx Advisors (second and third year law students) who will support Director and counsel law students.
- Coordinate related events with other Student Services Directors, including but not limited to orientation, journal selection, award selection, graduation, and others.
- Collaborate in program and policy development for Student Services.
- Form network alliances with key internal department partners and external partners.
- Support Student Services and take on other assignments as delegated by the Associate Dean of Student Services.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school, with evidence of academic success in the law school setting.
- Minimum 3 years of legal or comparable experience.
- Demonstrated understanding of the idiosyncrasies of law school learning and some knowledge of the subject matter of the first year required courses.
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationship with students, staff, legal professionals, and the general public.
- Proven ability to exercise initiative and judgment in coordinating and executing various programs to serve the best interest of all parties involved.
- Must be self-directed and willing to identify and assume new responsibilities as the needs of the Law School change and grow.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity within the legal profession and knowledge of current diversity trends.
- Must be willing to travel and, when necessary, work a flexible schedule (evening and weekend events are sometimes necessary).
- Strong computer skills, including word processing and spreadsheet applications.
- Prior experience tutoring, mentoring, or serving as a teaching assistant in a law school setting.
- Prior experience counseling in a law school or comparable setting strongly preferred.
- Prior experience in both advocacy and conflict management/resolution settings.
- Prior experience that encompasses broad range of client interactions, including, at least, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, sexual identity, and socio-economic status diversity.
- Highly organized.
- Ability to prioritize, manage, and complete complex tasks.
- Strong communicator.
- Experienced advocate.
- Proven conflict management/resolution ability.
- Efficient time management.
- High degree of comfort working with a wide variety of competing constituencies.
- Experience working with social media.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.