The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Faculty Services provides leadership for student formation and services at Detroit Mercy School of Law, promoting a student-centered law school environment that supports students’ academic excellence, fosters students’ ethical development, and encourages students’ engagement with and integration of professional values with all aspects of their personal, academic, spiritual, and public lives.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Promote a student-centered Law School environment that supports students’ academic excellence.
Supervise and lead the Department of Faculty and Student Services, assessing and coordinating the activities of this department to promote efficient and student-centered processes for students and necessary faculty service support
Manage major student events, such as orientation, graduation, and recognition ceremonies.
Serve as ex officio member of law school and University committees as assigned by the Dean of the Law School, including serving as a member of the Law School Leadership Team.
Attend meetings of student organizations as necessary to update students on Law School events and policies and receive student input.
Supervise the implementation of academic accommodations as determined by the University Office of Disability and Accessibility Support Services office.
Supervise Title IX coordination at the Law School. Work with University Title IX Coordinator to develop and implement trainings for students, staff and faculty. Respond to complaints of violative behavior in compliance with University policies.
Advise students with regard to policies governing academic performance, the petitions process for grade appeals and waivers of dismissal, the ABA Complaint Policy, and the Civil Rights Grievance process.
In coordination with faculty and other administrators, assess and propose revisions to School of Law policies and supervise updates to the Student Handbook as needed.
Foster students’ ethical development and professional formation.
Develop, implement, and manage ongoing programming that ensures students learn and internalize the ethical expectations of the Law School and of the legal profession
Administer the Community Standards Code, including advising students involved in those processes or helping them secure advisors, as needed.
Assist the Honor Council in administering the Honor Code and advise students involved with those procedures.
Encourage students’ engagement with and integration of professional values with all aspects of their personal, academic, spiritual, and public lives.
Advise students encountering personal, health, familial, and other issues. Provide referrals to University and community resources. Counsel students regarding availability of leaves of absence, changes in student status, and transfers, and approve requests for such requests.
Develop programming that assist student organizations to identify and plan to achieve overall and yearly goals for their organization. Serve as primary advisor to the Student Bar Association. Assist student organizations to ensure smooth transitions among leadership from year to year.
In collaboration with an advisory group of administrators, faculty, and students, develop, implement, and manage an ongoing Wellness Program that educates students on the physical, spiritual, and intellectual components of wellness and helps them develop personal wellness strategies for law school and professional life.
Promote services and programs available to students through the University.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
A college degree and a professional certificate or graduate degree with two years to five years experience.
Five to seven years of higher education student and administrative experience, preferably in a law school setting.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Proven student customer service skills
Group facilitation and management skills
Attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work some evenings and weekends
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
Commensurate with experience.
Anticipated Work Schedule
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with some evenings and weekends.
The University of Detroit Mercy has one goal - to help our students realize their dreams and ambitions. We fulfill that goal by offering challenging academic programs taught by talented, committed professors and supplemented by hands-on research, co-op, and internship opportunities.