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Director of Academic Skills Program

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The Director of Academic Skills will manage and oversee the Academic Skills Program. The main goal of the department is to develop and teach courses in the curriculum and develop and deliver programs to promote the academic success of students at the law school and the successful matriculation of students into the legal profession. The Director’s primary responsibility will be to independently manage (1) the development and teaching of the courses in the curriculum aimed at improving students’ legal analysis and writing skills, (2) the development and delivery of workshop programming, (3) the Assistant/Associate Directors’ work with students individually and in small group and large group settings to improve various academic skills, such as exam taking and time management. The Director will also teach directly in the curriculum and provide feedback to students on practice exams and exercises throughout their law school career as well as pre- and post-graduate study for bar examinations.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, this position supervises three full-time employees, a Program Assistant, three to four Academic Skills Specialists, and one or more student fellows. The Director also works closely with other members of the staff and faculty in effectively delivering the program’s services to the students. The Director will be expected to examine, expand, modify and existing programs. The successful candidate will be expected to exercise independence and judgment, drawing on past experience and careful analysis of the law school’s particular needs, in the creation of new programming.

In collaboration with the Assistant Dean for Student Services, the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Executive Director of Student Affairs, the Assistant/Associate Directors of Academic Skills and law school faculty members, the Director of Academic Skills will have the following job responsibilities including, but not limited to:

-Develop and implement a cohesive, successive curriculum for students across all departmental programming, including from pre-matriculation through post-graduate study for bar examination;
-Develop and teach one or more courses in the curriculum to improve legal analysis and writing skills;

-Develop and deliver a comprehensive workshop program for first-year students on topics including class preparation, study habits, case briefing, outlining, and exam taking;

-Work closely with first-year faculty members to design and administer exercises in doctrinal subjects, and to provide individual and group feedback;

-Provide individual academic counseling to all law students;

-Develop and teach 3L-year and post-graduation summer bar-exam preparation programs that include individual counseling, workshops, and feedback on practice exams;

-Hire, train, and manage staff to effectively deliver of all of the above academic skills services and programs to students, including Program Assistant, Academic Skills Fellows, Academic Skills Specialists, and Assistant/Associate Directors of Academic Skills;

-Manage budgets for all programs within the department;

-Work closely with other departments in the Law School, including but not limited to the Career Development Office, Alumni Relations, Admissions, Lawyering Skills and other Senior Administrators;

-Serve on various committees as necessary that seek to advance the goals of the Law School; and

-Collaborate with professionals within the department, within the Law School, and from other law schools across the country to research and present on topics relevant to the ASP industry.

The Director of Academic Skills reports to the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and works closely with the Assistant Dean for Student Services. The position is a full-time, twelve-month academic appointment. This is not a faculty appointment, and residence during the summer is expected. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Basic qualifications
1) A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and a record of academic and extracurricular success in law school;
(2) Admission to a state bar, preferably California;

Additional qualifications
(3) At least five years of experience, including at least 3 years of teaching experience, with a focus on legal writing and analysis, preferably with experience in law school academic skills;
(4) Familiarity with the format and subjects tested on the California Bar Exam;
(5) Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
(6) The ability to think imaginatively and critically about techniques to improve law students’ academic development, and to design, implement, and manage innovative programs to promote that development;
(7) The ability to handle confidential information, exhibit good judgment, and exemplify customer service in working with students, faculty, and staff;
(8) The ability and initiative to forge partnerships with faculty, staff, and students within and potentially outside the law school, as well as with the Orange County legal community.
(9) The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse and growing population of students, faculty, and administrators; and
(10) The ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

Preferred qualifications
Significant experience in academic support/skills programs at the law school level.

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The University of California Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

Job location

Irvine, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)