Assistant Dean, Animal Legal Education
Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital and one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is located on the GW campus in the downtown DC neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.
This position is responsible for leading the work for a major academic program/initiative, working closely with leadership and faculty. Responsibilities include overseeing the program’s strategic plan and objectives, program design, activities, budget, policies, training, staffing, and public relations/outreach. The position is also responsible for supervising a team of program staff and/or managers that focus on strategic activities and objectives to fulfill the program’s mission. This is an upper management position at the university that, in addition to leading a work unit, leads and supervises staff directly, makes hiring decisions, provides coaching, training and mentoring, manages performance and determines future staffing needs. Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Specific Job Duties will include:
Development, Direction, and Management
- Lead and direct the creation of the new ALEI initiative to ensure a viable launch of initiative activities, hiring of high-caliber faculty and staff in accordance with GW hiring policies and procedures, and integration of ALEI into GW School of Law.
- Develop and direct ALEI activities to ensure effectiveness. Design and implement new activities as funding becomes available.
- Recruit Advisory Board members and engage the Advisory Board to develop a comprehensive and proactive strategic plan for the Initiative that supports current activities and future growth and evolution to becoming the recognized leader in animal law education.
- Support development of animal law content, curriculum, and scholarship.
- Ensure programmatic excellence through development and implementation of appropriate performance and outcomes measures in line with University standards.
- Monitor initiatives in Animal Law and legal education as well as programmatic innovations and best practices in both fields to ensure that ALEI initiates collaborations that will advance the integration of both into the academy, and establish ALEI as a leader in Animal Law education.
- Conduct periodic reviews of the MOU to ensure compliance and update as appropriate.
Fiscal Management and Funds Development
- Oversee management of ALEI budget to ensure effective and compliant use of funds. Maintain close knowledge of deliverables and identify variances and errors to ensure sound fiscal management.
- Effectively engage with GW, GW Law, and Animal Legal Defense Fund development staff to:
. Seek and leverage new funding relationships
. Direct, lead, and manage the development of grants applications and reports through collaborative writing with staff teams.
- Manage annual budget processes as well as budget development for new activities.
- Ensure compliance for all ALEI activities with funding requirements. Engage with GW and GW Law development and grants staff to ensure timely, accurate reports and communications to funders.
- Promote and foster an environment in which proactive thinking and creativity are encouraged and rewarded.
- Serve as resource advisor to ALEI faculty and staff and support their work by managing resources, opportunity, time, and information.
Strategic and Thought Leadership
- Nurture and expand interdisciplinary relationships between ALEI, GW Law, and other university programs.
- Work collaboratively with existing and emerging Animal Law programs to build diverse, strong, and influential partnerships to achieve common goals.
- Engage in national, state, and local relationship building to increase ALEI’s visibility and ensure strategic programmatic and organizational growth.
- Participate in advisory board activities to inform and lead the organization’s public health strategies and approaches.
- Increase ALEI’s public profile by serving as a spokesperson and advocate, as well as a visible and influential leader in Animal Law.
- Domestic and foreign travel to conferences, speaking engagements, training events.
Minimum Qualifications: Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 7 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 5 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Significant experience in legal education or administration of legal services.
- Significant experience teaching and/or practicing Animal Law.
- Significant publishing record in Animal Law and/or legal education.
- Previous experience and demonstrated skill in program administration.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Ability to work and partner with faculty and staff on joint programming efforts.
- Demonstrated administrative and management experience.
Apply to: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/90933