Director, Academic Skills and Support

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Mar 12, 2022
Dec 14, 2022
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 students, and serve as a student point of contact on a variety of 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 support student academic success.Key qualifications for this position include a demonstrated ability to assess strengths and weaknesses, problem solve, instruct, counsel, provide exceptional judgement, and have strong communication skills.Responsibilities:Providing individualized academic planning for JD students. One-on-one student meetings or email correspondence may include specialized course selection advice, graduation plans, progress reports, bar exam information, advising on visiting other programs, review of military academic plans, and overall guidance as to academic regulations;Providing individualized academic support for students as required by the Academic Standing and Student Affairs Committee and to those seeking assistance voluntarily. Identify areas of student struggle and work with each student to develop a plan to improve their grades;Developing and Presenting Academic Affairs Programming, including "fundamental skills" 1L success sessions; Academic Writing for Seminars session; and first-year academic advising sessions;Working directly with the University's Office of Disability Services, professors, and students to implement in-class accommodations for law students;Working in tandem with Career Services and Bar Support staff to provide students with holistic counseling experience that encourages them to think about academic, career, and bar exam aspects when charting their academic path;Coordinating annual student pre-registration meetings (including meeting schedule, sign ups, and preliminary pre-registration audits);Other tasks as assigned, to include coordinating fall and spring atrium hours, outside scholarship monitoring, writing competition database, academic affairs library, externship packets, and serving as a non-voting academic committee member.Required Qualifications:JD, LLM, or a graduate degree in an area related to student affairs/academic administration or equivalent combination of education and experience;Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;Demonstrated critical thinking skills, sound decision making, and objectivity;Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours.Preferred Qualifications:A minimum of two years relevant experience related to higher education or law school administration, or other comparable and demonstrable work experience.

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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