Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services

Penn State University

Dickinson Law, Carlisle
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Dickinson Law
Dickinson School of Law


The Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law, located in Carlisle, PA, is seeking an Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services provides leadership and vision in support of the law school’s mission to prepare students to practice greatness. The Associate Dean is charged with ensuring a superior educational experience for all students. Reporting directly to the Dean, this position is responsible for academic advising and personal counseling, student life initiatives, strategic planning, community engagement, and best practice administration. The Associate Dean works closely with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Admissions, the Financial Officer, and the Assistant Dean for Career Services. This position is primarily responsible for addressing academic, personal, and professional issues that arise during law school, including referrals for disability accommodations, academic support, professional counseling, and leaves of absence. Duties also include providing leadership and direction to the law school’s student organizations and their extracurricular activities. This position organizes or collaborates on student events throughout the year such as Orientation, Commencement, and wellness programming. The Associate Dean also meets with students when violations of the Honor Code, Code of Student Conduct, or other disciplinary issues arise. Position Complexities: The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services serves as the principal liaison between the administration and faculty and students, providing leadership and strategic direction to ensure a positive student experience. The Associate Dean must be well versed in pedagogy, curriculum design, and learning analytics in order to create student learning synergies between and among doctrinal-, skills-, and writing-based courses. In addition, this position works with campus-wide offices including the Counseling Center, Disability Resources for Students, Safe Campus, Financial Services, the Title IX Office, and the Veterans Center to ensure that students receive a full spectrum of service at the university and at the law school. The incumbent is expected to provide strategic leadership and oversight of student services provided at the law school; develop best practice pedagogies that integrate academic support programs, doctrinal and skills-based curriculum and teaching, and data-informed test preparation and test taking platforms to create a holistic system of supports that promote student success in law school; manage the first-year orientation program, transfer and visiting student onboarding, faculty mentor programs, and graduation; interpret and ensure compliance with ABA Standards, the Law School’s Honor Code, the Code of Student Conduct, FERPA, and other applicable federal, state, and local laws; provide support for reporting required by the ABA, State Bars and Boards, and US New and World Report; facilitate the review and resolution of student complaints and issues; collaborate with the Office of Career Services on the development and implementation of strategic goals and programs to support academic advising, student organizations, and wellness; partner with the Finance Officer to develop an annual budget and operating plan that supports mission, strategic goals and core values; provide direction and collaborate with the law-school contract mental health professional leading the law school’s peer support program, making appropriate referrals as needed; work with law school leaders to create an engaged, inclusive environment for students; work as a liaison to other campus offices serving student needs to ensure the comprehensive administration of services and resources to law students; serve on law school student affairs-related task forces, standing committees, and advisory groups, and participate in the ongoing development and evaluation of law school policies, services, and systems; work with faculty and other administrators to identify and address problems arising within the student learning environments, social communities, or co-curricular activities; and work closely with individual students and student groups to cultivate and enhance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of the law school community. The above listed duties make up approximately 50% of this position. In addition to these responsibilities, the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Services will maintain a regular schedule of student appointments, providing individual counseling on a variety of student issues and concerns; expand web-based academic advising resources; develop a wide range of programs that enhance students’ academic experience; develop resources and programs for academic support, including services to students whose performance indicates opportunity for improvement; partner with graduate program administrators to foster collaborations and initiatives for LL.M., Ph.D. and M.J. students; oversee all student conduct, discipline, and grievance proceedings; and provide advice on character and fitness evaluations and issues related to bar qualification. Other related duties are necessary upon organizational need. Requirements include: Juris Doctor; at least two years of teaching and instruction in academic support and bar passage, writing across the curriculum, and/or diagnostic assessment, learning analytics, and pedagogical intervention design; seven years of progressively responsible related work experience (for example, in higher education student services, counseling, student advisement, law or similar fields); exceptional written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills; strong computer skills including but not limited to the Microsoft Office Suite of applications; demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse population; ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries; ability and willingness to adjust to changing priorities on very short notice as well as the ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines; and ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion. Experience or degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field and familiarity with the administrative structure of a large university, facilitation and/or teaching experience is desired.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088