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The Curriculum Assistant is responsible for the day-to-day management of Law School Curriculum functions and support for the General Curriculum Adjunct Faculty. The Curriculum Assistant is the first point of contact for general faculty and student inquiries. This is a fast-paced position that requires the ability to juggle multiple priorities, manage extensive detail across numerous systems, consistent application of policy and procedure, and frequent interaction with Adjunct Faculty and staff. This position also requires work in Mondale Hall to effectively support in-person instruction.
Program/Project Specialist, Dean's office
The Program/Project Specialist, Dean's office provides support to the Office of the Dean of the Law School (Dean, Assistant Dean, Finance Director, and Executive Assistant to the Dean). Primary work will be as administrative support for the Faculty Appointments Committee, with work in Human Resources and Curriculum as well. An ideal candidate will have great attention to detail, be able to manage multiple projects, and have a great customer service mentality.
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
The Assistant Director of Student Affairs is responsible for overall program operations, resource development, student groups and organizations, and partnerships to support students and a culture of inclusion and belonging. The Assistant Director will also provide advising to students, timely and accurate communication, and coordinate the Racial Equity and Justice Milestone program. The Assistant Director will implement procedures and processes with regard to student programs while supervising the Student Affairs advising and operations team. The position will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Students and is responsible for building and maintains partnerships with other Law School departments, including Academic & Bar Success, Admissions, Career Services, Communications, Curriculum, International Programs, IT, as well as with other Law School departments and University-based and external partners to facilitate program success.
Student Affairs Executive Assistant
The Student Affairs Executive Assistant provides critical support to the Office of Student Affairs, including exemplary customer service in a friendly and professional manner, and excellent project management skills. This person will have a high degree of contact with faculty, staff and students and must be able to adapt quickly and professionally. The person must have excellent attention to detail and interpersonal skills. The Law School is proud to serve a diverse and varied group of internal and external constituents. This candidate will need to work effectively across these diverse communities.
Career Counselor / Sr. Career Counselor - Public Interest
The Career Counselor/Public Interest adviser (Counselor) delivers services regarding comprehensive career and professional development initiatives for JD students. The Counselor provides professional development counseling to students via direct individual counseling, group programs, and/or video and electronic communications. This role also provides specialized career counseling on the state and federal government positions and public interest career paths. The Counselor plans and organizes programs on varying career related topics and will broaden and deepen relationships with employers, faculty, and student organizations. Additional responsibilities include solicitation of employment data and other employment compliance requests. The Law School is proud to serve a diverse and varied group of internal and external constituents. This candidate will need to work effectively across these diverse communities.
Executive Director, Binger Center for New Americans
The Law School seeks a visionary leader, committed to immigration advocacy and justice, to lead the Binger Center for New Americans. The Executive Director is the primary staff administrator responsible for (1) leading the Center in the ongoing development and implementation of its vision and core mission, especially the Education & Outreach Program, (2) leading partnership collaboration and communication necessary to promote and engage in the Center’s work, and (3) fostering connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally. The Executive Director works in collaboration with the Center’s faculty director and engages clinical faculty, staff, and law students together with the Center’s partners and stakeholders, the Director of the Law Clinics, and Law School leadership in order to set and carry out the Center’s priorities.
The Center’s Education and Outreach Program connects the Center’s clinics to community needs and goals, which inform the development of the Center’s programs and litigation to protect immigrants and impact the immigration system. Through legal education, organizing, pro bono legal services, and capacity building, the Education and Outreach Program supports community efforts to break down systemic barriers and empower communities.
The Executive Director will be a skilled and experienced community-driven leader, with expertise in immigration advocacy and a thoughtful eye for partnership opportunities to advance immigrant rights work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond. They will be adept at encouraging broad community-building, engagement, and action-oriented results.
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a new position envisioned as a key leadership role at the Law School, reporting directly to the Dean and serving as a critical member of the Law School’s senior leadership team. This position will collaborate closely with the Dean, other law school and university leaders, students, faculty, and staff to develop and advance the Law School’s strategic actions to forward progress in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In October 2021, the Law School’s Racial Equity & Justice Committee, composed of students, faculty, senior leadership, and staff, released an Accountability Report to provide transparency about the Law School’s efforts to advance DEI and racial justice, and offer recommendations to continue moving forward. Students strongly advocated for the creation of a position for an Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and there is broad enthusiasm among faculty and staff at the Law School for the mission that person will undertake. The person chosen will lead and align this critical work, with a focus on leading support for a diverse student community; directing strategic initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion; supporting recruitment efforts for a diverse student community; and leading educational programming and training to advance the Law School’s goals.
The Assistant Dean will be a skilled and experienced professional, with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices in leading schools across the nation, and a thoughtful eye for partnership opportunities to advance this work across the Law School, the University, and beyond. They will be adept at encouraging broad community-building, engagement, and accountability, acknowledging that this work cannot fall to one person.
Consider teaching as an adjunct and work with energetic students, make connections with colleagues and keep in touch with the academic community, help develop the next generation of lawyer-leaders, and gain a deeper understanding of the material.
There are four options for teaching as an Adjunct Professor:
- Core Course - traditional course with support from prior Law School professors, choose a textbook and develop your own syllabus. (Examples: Trademark Law, Labor Law, Secured Transactions, etc.)
- Turnkey Course - course with the syllabus, readings, lesson plans, and exercises already designed. With support from program directors, your main role is to prepare for class and teach. (Examples: Legal Research & Writing, Legal Writing II, Law in Practice, etc.)
- Custom Course - develop a new course using your expertise on a specialized legal topic that is particularly relevant to today's law students. (Examples: Campaign Finance and Election Law, Law and Social Media, and Marijuana Law & Policy)
- Independent Field Placement - work with one or two students at your office. The student gains a meaningful legal experience and you gain a helpful intern. 50-100 hours per semester and supervised by a Law School faculty member. (Examples: Private law firms, Public law practices, Corporate legal departments)