Overview

Position Information

Position Title Director, Law Student Life
Department Law School
Fixed Term End Date
Part Year No
Part Year Months
FLSA Status Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week)

40

Position Summary Information

Position Purpose

The Director of Student Life contributes to and oversees the development and implementation of student life programs and initiatives and directs many student service efforts on behalf of the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Services. Through these programs and services, the Director strives to integrate student wellness and leadership development into the academic environment and make them an integral part of the professional development for our future lawyers. The Director plans, organizes and administers programs for students and provides direct student services including advising and counseling. The Director acts on behalf of the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Services as a liaison to faculty, staff, students and others.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide academic and personal counseling and services to students
• Serve as general law school ombudsperson for student welfare issues.
• Consult with students, staff, faculty, campus administrators, parents and outside agencies as appropriate regarding student welfare issues.
• Assist with walk-in student requests/needs such as dropping classes, leave of absence and withdrawal requests, incident reports and other general student issues.
• Serve as on-call staff member for implementation of Law School policies, including psychological emergencies, family emergencies, sexual assault reporting, parental notification, student disciplinary issues, etc. and respond accordingly.
• Carry out academic and personal counseling for students and act as a point of referral to other resources including the University Counseling Center.
• Research and respond to student inquiries.
• Counsel students on attendance issues and law school policies.

2. Create and administer programs, policies, and procedures
• Provide advice, consultation, and support in the development of law school policies and procedures, and responses to issues and trends affecting the campus.
• Provide staff and faculty support and assistance related to interpreting and implementing law school policies and procedures.
• Advocate a wellness perspective for law students through student, faculty and staff trainings, programs and development of policies.
? Support the overall promotion of the university philosophy on alcohol and other drug education, enforcement, and reduction of high-risk drinking and drug use.
? Address, create and implement institutional responses to law student mental health issues including anxiety and depression, working with law school faculty, administrators and representatives from CAPS and outside organizations.
? Work with the university Office of Student Life to implement training and support programs to protect against sexual and gender-based misconduct and support victims.
• Assist with all-school activities such as Academic Advising Week, Grad 101 and Faculty Class Fair.
• Provide leadership, direction and execution of a comprehensive and cohesive orientation experience for incoming students.
• Ensure ongoing communication and active collaboration with the university and law school diversity and inclusion staff to contribute to the larger efforts to create a climate that values and actively supports inclusiveness and diversity.
• Assist office visitors and callers; work with law school staff to provide updated, relevant information to students.
• Assist with law school exams.
• Review and revise policies and procedures related to student life including the law school Code of Professional Conduct, Alcohol Policy, Travel Policy and so on.
• Serve on the Student Affairs Committee.
• Remain informed on current research, trends, practices and legal issues pertinent to student life and student wellness.

3. Implement and oversee policy, programs and services
• Develop and implement a comprehensive advising approach for registered student organizations. Develop policy and procedures to guide student activities. Interpret and implement these policies.
• Develop and coordinate the role of Student Organization advisors. Act as advisor to the Student Bar Association.
• Counsel student organizations on the planning, presentation, and evaluation of programs/services (event planning, risk management, calendaring, communication, budget, web page development).
• Advise student organizations on organizational management issues (conflict resolution, budget management, mediation).
• Coordinate regular meetings and activities for the Council of Leaders (comprised of leaders from each of the law student organizations, journals, and boards)
• Maintain student group records.
• Ensure continuous program improvement through regular assessment and benchmarking.
• Oversee management of Student Organization events on Master Calendar; act as gatekeeper for Student Organization events.

4. Departmental management and operations
• Provide direction and assistance with customer service, master calendar maintenance and event planning.
• Assign and supervise students to create advertisements, process moral character requests and support the Administrative Assistant.
• Serve as project manager for special projects assigned by the Sr. Assistant Dean for Student Services.

5. Other duties as assigned
• Act as liaison with other departments within the Law School and University as appropriate to areas of responsibility.
• Serve on University – wide committees as a representative of the Law School, as appropriate to areas of responsibility

6. General Responsibilities
• Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and services.
• Identifies and determines cause of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
• Maintains contact with customers and solicits feedback for improved services.
• Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
• Researches and develops resources that create timely and efficient workflow.
• Prepares progress reports; informs supervisor of project status; and deviation from goals. Ensures completeness, accuracy and timeliness of all operational functions.
• Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
• Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.

Provides Work Direction

• Assign and supervise student assistants to create advertisements, process moral character requests and support the Administrative Assistant.
• Advise student organization leaders.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
• Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations.
• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, venders or suppliers.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Typical office environment.
• Mostly indoor office environment with windows.
• Offices with equipment noise.
• Offices with frequent interruptions.

Knowledge

• Commitment to customer service, both internal and external to the department.
• Understanding of, and agreement with, the Jesuit tradition of service, and the Santa Clara mission of educating students of competence, conscience and compassion.
• Evidence of strong problem resolution and crisis management experience.

Skills

• Strong analytical skills, excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills and public relations skills essential.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office required and PeopleSoft software programs helpful.

Abilities

• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and exercise sound judgment.
• Demonstrated ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.

Education and/or Experience

• Graduate degree in counseling, higher education administration, student affairs, or related field preferred. JD preferred.
• 3 – 5 years progressively responsible work in an academic setting required; experience with university student services strongly preferred.
• Experience with project management, policy articulation and implementation required.

Salary Information $2,438.33-$2,802.50
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EEO Statement

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.

Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired, individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.


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