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  • Assistant Dean of Students
    Academic Dean's Division
    University of California, Hastings College of Law

    THE ROLE
    Under the general direction of the Academic Dean’s Office, the Assistant Dean of Students oversees
    and manages two departments: Students Services and Student Health Services (medical and
    psychiatric). This position also plays a critical role in helping create an environment where students can
    be engaged and thrive by representing both College and student needs. In pursuit of this goal, the
    Assistant Dean of Students oversees a wide variety of activities, resources, and services, including
    community events, wellness programming, student organizations, student leadership development,
    academic planning, orientation, and commencement, among others.
    The Assistant Dean currently reports to the Associate Academic Dean, a faculty position, whose
    responsibility includes most student affairs at the College. The College is considering whether to vest
    authority for student affairs in a professional staff position. The ideal candidate for the Assistant Dean
    of Students position would be an applicant prepared to assume a larger role in the near future.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
    Typical duties and responsibilities consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
     Manages the day-to-day activities of Student Services, including hiring, termination,
    evaluation, and staff coordination;
     Formulates recommendations for and manages the Student Services state and non-state
    budgets;
     Recommends and implements policies and procedures for the operation of Student Services
    programs;
     Works collaboratively with students, other departments, and College leadership to streamline
    student related College policies and procedures, and recommends new ones as appropriate;
     Counsels individual students regarding a wide variety of areas, including moral character and
    other bar admission issues, and academic planning;
     Receives, investigates and monitors student grievances and complaints;
     Participates in the creation and assessment of professional readiness programming for
    students, including Inns of Court;
     Assists with cross-departmental coordination and communication regarding student
    programming and scheduling;
     Coordinates with Enrollment Management, Records, and other departments to effectively
    onboard incoming 1L students and transfer students;
     Conducts student outreach and interacts with students as individuals, and as members of
    various student organizations, including student government;
     Works as a member of the team that supports students experiencing difficulties;
     Collects and assists with the analysis of student satisfaction/experience survey data and
    assists with the development and implementation of responsive changes;
     Initiates program changes and new programs to respond to student needs.
    Responsible for overseeing the performance of the following:
     Student Health Services Manager;
     Large- and small-scale events, including new student orientation (both for incoming 1Ls and
    for transfer students), commencement, study snacks and other exam support efforts, student
    wellness programming, bar lunch program, and community tutoring program;
     Various student activities and events to develop a sense of community;
     Academic planning resources and programs;
     Production of materials, including the student handbook, handbook for student organizations,
    and the graduation guidebook;
     Faculty advising for students, including evaluating effectiveness and level of engagement;
     Registration and supervision of over 60 student organizations, including leadership training for
    student leaders;
     Support for students who are parents, such as the childcare rebate program, and works with
    directly with parents regarding priority registration;
     Student employment for Student Services.


    REQUIREMENTS
    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
     J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, CA or NY bar exam passer (admission to
    practice preferred); and
     At least five years progressively responsible experience in the supervision/administration of
    personnel in student facing programs in a higher education environment, preferably a law
    school; or
     Any equivalent combination of education and related work experience resulting in the
    possession of the required skills, knowledge and abilities to successfully perform the job.

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES.
     Ability to manage the operations of various complex student services programs;
     Analyze complex situations and propose appropriate policies or actions;
     Interact courteously and effectively with students, faculty, staff and external constituencies,
    with a strong customer service orientation;
     Work well with a diverse student population and across departments, as a member of a team
    to advance student success;
     Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
     Be proactive, creative, and solution-oriented;
     Demonstrate strong organizational and project management skills;
     Knowledge of Bar admission requirements, law school academic programs,
    advising/counseling techniques, and principles and practices of higher education student
    personnel and budget administration;
     Maintain confidentiality and security of student records, in compliance with laws including
    FERPA;
     Undertake basic data compilation and analysis;
     Must be detail-oriented, but efficient and able to prioritize.

 
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