Director, Academic Skills and Support

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Feb 28, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
Full Time
Director, Academic Skills and SupportThe George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the Director, Academic Skills and Support. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The Director, Academic Skills and Support will coordinate and provide academic support and advising to law school JD students, and serve as a student point of contact on academic matters to help students problem solve and to ultimately enhance students' law school experience. The Director will be responsible for designing and providing academic programming for students to best support their academic success, and working one-on-one with students to help identify potential areas for improvement and/or address identified deficiencies. The Director will work collaboratively with student affairs colleagues and other law school and university departments to provide comprehensive, proactive, student academic support.Key qualifications for this position include a demonstrated ability to assess strengths and weaknesses, problem solve, instruct, and counsel; exceptional judgement; and strong communication skills.Responsibilities:Proactively plan comprehensive academic support programs for JD students including orientation "Legal Methods" course and first-year "Fundamental Skills" sessions, as well as small group academic skill-building sessions for all students;Provide individualized academic support for students as required by the law school's academic regulations and to those seeking assistance voluntarily. Support includes identifying areas of student struggle and working with each student to develop a plan to improve their grades;Provide individualized academic planning for JD students including course selection advice, progress reports on fulfilling graduation requirements, advice on visiting other programs, review of military academic plans, and overall guidance as to academic regulations;Supervise part-time academic advisor, collaborating as necessary regarding individual students and academic support planning programs;Work with the Records Office, the University's Office of Disability Services, professors, and students to implement in-class disability accommodations;Coordinate student pre-registration advising with career services and bar support staff to provide students with holistic advice prior to fall, spring, and summer course selection;Maintain academic resources, including writing competition database and academic affairs resource library; update published academic information as necessary; and serve on academic-related committees; andOther duties as assigned that help the department achieve its objectives and goals and/or support the mission of the law school.Required Qualifications:JD, LLM, or any combination of relevant education and experience related to graduate student affairs / academic advising that equates to the advanced degree;Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;Demonstrated ability to assess strengths and weaknesses, problem solve, instruct, and counsel;Critical thinking skills, exceptional judgement, and objectivity; andAbility to work occasional evening and weekend hours.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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