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Director, Master of Legal Studies Program at Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School


Mid Level

Not defined

22 Mar → 21 Apr


Job Description

Position Summary:
In addition to classroom teaching, and related faculty responsibilities, the Director of the Master of Legal Studies Program is a strategic, tactical, and business minded advocate who works with the Law School Dean and Vice Dean for Faculty, and Admissions and Enrollment staff to develop, implement, recruit for and manage the Master of Legal Studies degree. The Director will work cross-functionally across the institution and with external partners to develop programming and increase Vermont Law School’s visibility. The Director will be an inclusive and collaborative leader who excels at communicating ideas effectively, building collegial relationships, and inspiring and supporting students.
Preference will be given to applications received by April 4, 2023.
Essential Functions and Principal Accountabilities:
  • Create a vision and strategy for building Vermont Law School’s Master of Legal Studies degree.
  • Teach Master of Legal Studies classes as assigned by the Vice Dean for Faculty.
  • Work with the Vice Dean for Faculty to identify and assist faculty to teach courses in the Master of Legal Studies program.
  • Oversee accreditor approvals and accreditor compliance of the new degree.
  • Create proposals for necessary courses for the degree and oversee Curriculum Committee and Faculty Approval.
  • Oversee department budgets and operations and work with the administration on necessary resources and support.
  • Work with Admissions and Marketing to create and execute an enrollment strategy for the degree.
  • Meet with prospective students and attend and create recruiting events in person and virtually.
  • Cultivate and manage existing partner relationships and strategically build relationships with new partners to expand the reach of the program and increase enrollment, particularly in China and India.
  • Evaluate and assess Master of Legal Studies curriculum development for residential and online programs.
  • Supervise and mentor department staff.
  • Advise students on course selection and career paths.
  • Work with other Departments at the school such as Student Affairs, Career Services, Academic Success, and the Registrar to support students.
  • Actively participate in faculty meetings and committee work.
  • Work with the Office of Alumni Relations and Development to integrate Master of Legal Studies alumni into the Alumni community.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor degree or equivalent combination of degree and experience required.

  • 5+ years of experience in a business development role.

  • Understanding of and appreciation for inclusion, including the ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints.

  • Understanding of and appreciation for inclusion, including the ability to work with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, identities, and viewpoints.

  • Demonstrated success in identifying, designing, implementing significant initiatives in a complex organization.

  • Experience with the development of financial models and forecasts.

  • Understanding of or familiarity with online learning and student information systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively and apply entrepreneurial thinking.

  • Ability to solve complex problems and make creative forward-looking decisions.

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills with exceptional verbal and written communications.

  • Passion for and commitment to the advancement of higher education.

  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office and advanced Excel or access skills.

  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality with sensitive data.

  • International travel is required.

How To Apply

Other Requirements:
  • 90% Computer-related work.
  • Primary work is done sitting and/or standing at a desk or on the phone.
  • Travel, some on nights or weekends, will be required. Some travel will be required internationally.
  • Repetitive motion (keyboard, mouse, etc.).
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines and reorganize under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to manage the pressure of multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and fluently in English by phone, email, and in-person with internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to adapt to new and emerging technology as established and communicated by the school.
  • Ability to work legally within the United States without sponsorship.
  • Physical ability to perform all essential functions of the job with or without basic accommodations.
  • Willingness and ability to participate with the Vermont Law School faculty and student community and follow Covid19 safety policies and guidelines as laid out by the One VLS Action Team based on the changing landscape of the Covid19 pandemic.
Note: All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

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