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Assistant Dean of Student Affairs (School of Law)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  School of Law (10000822)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Definition of Class

This position uses discretion and independent judgement frequently to develop and implement programs to enrich the law school. The incumbent ensures law students succeed academically, personally, and professionally; creates a climate that is inclusive and welcoming; develops and administers the law school’s student affairs budget; serves as the primary contact for student counseling and intervention efforts for the law school; and supervises and coordinates the work of support staff.

Examples of Work Performed
  • Provides leadership, strategic direction, project management, and fiscal oversight for the Student Affairs office.
  • Serves on the Senior Staff Administration Team and collaborates with the Dean, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Admissions Office, the Career Service Office, the Academic Support Program, the Registrar, Development Office, Alumni Affairs, and other administrative personnel.
  • Works effectively through faculty governance processes, serving on faculty committees and cooperating with individual faculty.
  • Builds and manages programming for orientations and other events involving law faculty and administrators, practitioners, bar associations, university administrative personnel, and law school student organizations aligning with the School of Law’s commitment to diversity.
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises law school graduation and related events such as orientations for entering and transfer students.
  • Supervises, coordinates, advises, and promotes student organizations, including law school student government. Assists student organizations in establishing appropriate governance structures and in complying with all law school and university requirements.
  • Maintains an understanding of crisis management and serves as the primary contact for law students regarding sensitive and confidential matters, counseling, and intervention efforts.
  • Serves as an advisor for the law school Honor Council and provides support for law school student discipline structures.
  • Coordinates and supervises student disability services at the law school, including communicating to students regarding disability issues. Arranges for classroom and exam accommodations.
  • Assists students seeking university services, including financial aid and other matters.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and recommends policy changes as needed for relevant school of law policies.
  • Supports the law school’s efforts to attract and serve a diverse student body and to promote an inclusive environment.
  • Supervises and coordinates the work of any assigned personnel.
  • Achieves and maintains a high level of professional development by attending conferences and facilitating ongoing education of the faculty and staff regarding student affairs and student life issues.
  • Represent law school on various committees and attend relevant campus events.
  • Maintains a high level of multicultural competence and demonstrates an awareness of the needs of underrepresented groups.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.
Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Develops and implements a wide variety of programs ensuring that law students succeed academically, personally, and professionally.
  2. Develops and administers the law school’s student affairs budget.
  3. Serves as the primary contact for student counseling and intervention efforts.
  4. Manages and maintains student information appropriately and confidentially.
  5. Supervises and coordinates the work of support staff.
Minimum Education/Experience

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.



Two (2) years experience related to the above described duties.



A valid driver's license.

Salary/Wage Information
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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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