Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity

Fordham University School of Law

New York, NY

ID: 7060927
Posted: October 2, 2019
Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

Job Description

Fordham University School of Law (Fordham Law School) is a leading force in legal education with one of the nation’s most select student bodies, an enduring commitment to academic excellence, and a virtually unrivaled record of graduate employment. Established in 1905, Fordham Law School builds on the University’s commitment to service and today offers three law degree programs—J.D., LL.M, and S.J.D—and an M.S.L. degree which is designed for non-lawyers. Fordham Law School offers dynamic academic programs including corporate law, intellectual property, information technology, and international law; an award-winning moot court and Alternate Dispute Resolution program; and numerous public service initiatives. Located on the West Side of Manhattan, as part of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, the School leverages its strengths of community, faculty, devoted alumni, and place in the nation’s commercial and legal capital, providing an exceptional preparation for service-oriented lawyers, counselors, problem solvers, advocates, and leaders ready to address the needs of clients around the globe.

The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity is a key member of the Fordham Law School (FLS) senior management team. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity is the chief student affairs officer, responsible for strategic leadership, direction, and assessment for a broad spectrum of services designed to support student success, enhance engagement, and foster a diverse and inclusive community across a talented, motivated student body. The Assistant Dean works collaboratively with their team and other FLS and University colleagues to champion student interests, oversee academic support, plan programs and events, support the ongoing development of the House system, and ensure the periodic review and/or establishment of policies and practice designed to promote student success, wellbeing, resiliency, professionalism, personal and social development, and progress towards degree completion. The Assistant Dean oversees disability accommodations; implements bar passage training initiatives; manages crisis intervention and support; provides executive oversight to student-led professional, cultural, and social organizations; and educates students on the expectations of academic integrity, Title IX policy, personal and professional ethics, and other issues impacting character and fitness according to American Bar Association policies, as well as directly manages complaints and investigations related to conduct violations. Additionally, a key functional responsibility of the Assistant Dean is to support, sustain, and enhance diversity initiatives. The diversity portfolio includes providing support to expand engagement in pipeline programs; ensuring administrative oversight, programming, and appropriate financial support to student affinity groups in support of their mission and goals; working with School and University committees to address issues related to equity and social justice, the reduction of implicit bias, micro-aggressions, and discrimination toward the creation of a campus environment that recognizes and respects the dignity of all its members; and ongoing advocacy and support to domestic and international students of underrepresented backgrounds and identities.

The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity will join Fordham Law at a time of significant momentum as the School advances strategic priorities and fundraising initiatives that are focused on strengthening the overall student experience. As an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, the Assistant Dean will advise the Dean and other senior leadership on student needs and will work resourcefully and energetically to assure all students are well-supported throughout their FLS experience. Harnessing available technology to enhance information and budget management; implementing creative solutions to address evolving student needs and interests; and working collaboratively with campus partners including those in Academic Affairs, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Career Planning Center, Enrollment and Admissions, Information Technology, and Office of the Registrar to serve and support all students are important opportunities and on-going priorities awaiting the next Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity. As the chief student affairs officer, the Assistant Dean will lead a team of four and manage an operating budget of over $1.8 million.

An advanced degree (Juris Doctor Degree preferred), and a record of accomplishments in a student development, multicultural student services, or closely related role, including demonstrated supervision, innovation, and leadership are required. The successful candidate will have a track record of strong leadership and management skills; excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; program design, delivery, and assessment; and high facility to advise and counsel individuals including those dealing with significant stress and/or complex issues impacting academic progress as well as personal and professional development. An understanding of legal issues in higher education and best practices with regards to building diverse and inclusive communities; familiarity with legal education/curriculum and the evolving landscape of today’s legal market; and an ability to build collaborative relationships while serving as a champion for students will also be important considerations in the selection of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity. Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.

Review of applications will begin October 31, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom.

Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.
Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer –Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


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