Director, Clinical Programs - Georgetown University Law Center
Director, Clinical Programs - Georgetown University Law Center
For more than 50 years, Georgetown Law has operated the largest and most highly regarded in-house clinical program in the nation. Through this program, students learn the practical art of lawyering while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations. Georgetown Law offers 18 different clinics, and more than 300 students participate in this program every year.
The Director of Clinical Programs serves as the primary administrative point of contact for Georgetown Law's clinics and its graduate teaching fellowship program, and provides oversight (though not direct supervision) of the Law Center's 10 clinical office managers and 25 clinical teaching fellows. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs, the Director has duties that include but are not limited to:
Clinics' Administrative Procedures and Academic Policies
- Develops and disseminates policies and procedures for clinic students; and meets with students and faculty as-needed to address questions or concerns that arise.
- Works with clinic faculty and Office of the Registrar to ensure clinic sections and instructors are set up correctly and teaching evaluations are disseminated properly.
- Administers day-to-day functions of the clinical program - for example, including adjunct hiring, managing shared workrooms, organizing clinic faculty meetings, and overseeing clinic MoUs.
- Provides guidance and supports to clinic office managers, develops written standard operating procedures (or "clinic-wide office manual"), develops list of "frequently asked questions," and other helpful tools for clinic faculty and office managers.
- Advises and assists the Associate Dean as needed in developing standard operating procedures to ensure continuity of basic administrative procedures across clinics, centers and institutes.
- Provides daily administrative support to the Associate Dean - for example, purchases, reimbursements, ProCard reconciliation, and general management of the Clinical Dean's office and schedule.
- Reports on the clinical program for ABA and other purposes.
- Serves as primary administrative contact for the Graduate Teaching Fellowship Program and the Clinical Pedagogy Course for Fellows.
- Supports clinic office managers in the recruitment, hiring, on-boarding and off-boarding of clinical teaching fellows.
- Updates and enforces all policies found in the Clinical Fellowship Handbook.
- Supports clinic faculty directing the year-long Clinical Pedagogy course.
- Serves as primary point-of-contact for fellows on issues such as reimbursements, degree requirements, and programmatic concerns.
Clinic Enrollment Process Coordination
- Develops and manages the annual clinic registration process; plans and hosts the annual clinic fair; and coordinates individual clinic open houses/info sessions.
- Oversees the annual updating of all clinic registration documents - for example, website, clinic supplemental materials.
- Works with 1ST to update and continually improve the clinic registration program; manages the incoming applications and acceptances; and supports faculty, students, and office managers as needed throughout this process.
- Works with clinic faculty to fill empty clinic seats, matches students and clinics, and increases overall number of clinic slots.
- Manage. all stages of the student bar application process.
- Provides academic counseling for students interested in, or enrolled in, clinics.
- Speaks about the clinics at student-facing events.
- Advises students about clinic selection and/or student bar issues; and advises students not admitted to any clinic.
- Develops and monitors the clinical programs' multiple budgets.
- Assists in the development of the annual clinic budget request.
- Approves and tracks expenses for individual clinic budgets, as well as for the general clinic admin budget.
- Works with others to process invoices and reimbursement requests as needed.
- Develops and disseminates information about the clinical programs for both internal and external audiences.
- Develops content for, and regularly updates, clinic websites.
- Assists in the coordination with the Communications and Advancement offices at Georgetown Law to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for fund-raising and public awareness of clinical programs
- Updates and disseminates clinical publications - for example, an annual clinical programs brochure, and clinical newsletter(s).
- Assists in the identification of natural synergies between the Clinics and the Centers and Institutes and, where appropriate, develops and implements partnerships, collaborative projects, and community-building activities.
- J. D. degree
- At least 3 years post-J.D. experience - preference for experience in academic administration and /or in professional mentoring or student counseling
- Superior writing and organizational skills
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