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Director of the Academic Success Program

Position Title

Director of the Academic Success Program


School of Law

Reports To

Associate Dean of Academics (FAC091)

FLSA Status


Salary Grade

Varies depending on degree, experience, and level of scholarship

Primary Work Location

Onsite School of Law, Boise ID campus

Work Schedule

Flexibility to work irregular hours, evenings, and weekends required. Qualified faculty will be required to teach up to 6 semester credit hours in addition to administrative responsibilities

Assessment Schedule

Position assessed after the initial 90 days and then annually

Position Number


Employee Class

33 – Staff, Full-Time, Exempt or 37 – Faculty, Full-Time, Exempt

EEO Classification

25 – 9099 / 25-1112


1.0, full-time

Last Updated

August 2017


Position Summary

The Director of Academic Success is a full-time position that may be a contract faculty or staff position, depending upon the qualifications of the incumbent.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean for Academics, the Director of the Academic Success Program will have lead responsibility for maximizing student learning and performance in law school courses and on the bar exam by instructing students on learning techniques, identifying external resources for student academic success, collaborating with other faculty on instruction, and assessing the success of educational programs.

In addition, this position will have responsibility for teaching courses targeted at students who would benefit from support in legal analysis; supporting students seeking assistance in learning; and for developing and implementing a strategy for bar exam passage.



Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion in order to further the Lutheran objectives of the University and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Academic Support

  • Lead program development/enhancement of a comprehensive, three-year academic support program.
  • Teach a for-credit course for first-semester students on learning skills.
  • Teach a for-credit course for students, primarily in their second-semester, who would benefit from a further chance to develop legal analysis skills.
  • In coordination with other faculty and Student Affairs, provide initial instruction and appropriate information on academic support to incoming students at orientation.
  • Provide advising on academic success to all students.
  • Identify and evaluate external resources for academic support.
  • Coordinate and collaborate in the development of a program for training faculty advisors based on our curriculum and academic success model. Work with Student Affairs in the assignment of students to a faculty advisor.
  • Assist faculty in developing strategies for student academic success, particularly for students in academic difficulty and those for whom English is a second language.
  • Work with students with learning or physical disabilities and direct any students that may qualify for reasonable accommodations, according to the ADA, to Student Affairs.
  • Coordinate and collaborate in the development of institutional strategies for promoting student learning.
  • Assist in assessing the success of academic support activities and serve as a resource for faculty institutional research in courses.
  • In collaboration with the faculty and administration, create reports on statistical data regarding students’ academic performance, using entrance data and bar passage results.

70% (or 50% if hired as faculty)

2. Bar Exam Support

  • Develop and implement strategies for successful first-time and, ultimately, bar exam passage.
  • Direct the instruction and curriculum of the bar exam planning course(s).
  • Coordinate any bar review course contract(s), establishing/maintaining the relationship, evaluating the product, and tracking/reviewing student performance within the product.
  • Work with Student Affairs to ensure students interested in sitting for the bar understand the application process, apply, and invest in a bar review course.


3. Additional Duties if Hired as Teaching Faculty

  • Facilitate student learning, provide effective instruction, and perform evaluations of student learning for all assigned classes, using each course's standard course outline as a guide. Address issues of academic integrity in a direct and timely manner.
  • Develop and construct course syllabus, curriculum, course handouts, lectures, labs, and presentations, implementing the recognized established purposes of the School of Law.
  • Participate in program-level learning assessment. Participation includes helping articulate learning outcomes, choosing and administering measures, evaluating student performance, and suggesting changes to improve student learning.
  • Participate in academic advising, creating an atmosphere in which students and faculty may voice opinions and exchange ideas, and assess student learning at the law school.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Meet all classes and other scheduled responsibilities such as office hours and meetings at the designated times.
  • Keep a flexible weekly schedule that best facilitates student learning and access. Any changes in the scheduled class times or locations should have prior approval by the faculty’s supervisor.
  • Engage in legal scholarship.
  • Attend local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline.
  • Mentor and assist in orienting new faculty, either formally or informally where appropriate or required by department or University.
  • Attend departmental and University-wide meetings where appropriate or as required by supervisor. Attend commencement or other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline or program.
  • Pursue the improvement of teaching and learning and the evaluation of their effectiveness in every segment of the School of Law and its curriculum.
  • Participate in the review and approval of any modifications to the School of Law Faculty Handbook, and work with the Office of the Chief Academic Officer in maintaining a regularly updated Faculty Handbook.
  • Participate in service activities, both inside and outside of the University.


  • Perform other administrative and academically-related duties as assigned.



Work Contacts

The position requires interaction with prospective students, staff, faculty, and administrators on a daily basis. The position also interacts with members of the community and colleagues from other institutions on an occasional basis.


Scope of Work

Provides professional and expert advice and imparts instruction to students on a daily basis. Consistently exercises independent discretion and judgement within area of expertise. Position may be supervisory of adjuncts teaching in the program and does not hold financial responsibility.


Working Conditions

Work is generally performed in an office and classroom environment with limited noise exposure.


Minimum Physical Requirements

Tolerance to prolonged positioning including sitting and standing.

Able to use computer hardware and peripherals as well as low technology office equipment including copiers and scanners.

Able to communicate effectively in person, in front of audiences, electronically and via telephone.

Tolerance to repetitive motions including keyboarding and writing.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

An earned Juris Doctorate, bar passage and admission.

Bachelor’s degree.

3+ years’ experience and expertise in student success programming and implementation.

Familiarity with bar exam preparation.

Demonstrated teaching experience (to be considered for faculty status).

Outstanding record of academic and professional achievement.

Demonstration of a record of scholarship and commitment to the study of law (to be considered for faculty status).


Minimum Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Effective and professional written and verbal communication.

Experience and desire to create an academic environment that respects, includes and enhances diversity of thought and promotes effective consideration of alternative points of view.

Ability and willingness to teach practical legal skills to a diverse student audience in workshop and individual settings.

Ability and willingness to continuously strive for excellence in teaching, student mentorship and collegiality.

Excellent computer and technology skills; proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Excel, data management and reporting. Able to effectively use Blackboard and other applicable technology on a regular basis.

Ability to demonstrate self-direction, creativity and logical problem solving skills on a consistent basis. Able to take initiative and conceive new ideas that will streamline and make processes more effective for students.

Able to work with students in crisis with a calm and respectful demeanor, and subsequently make well-reasoned determinations of next steps.

Effective task and time management abilities. Ability to manage multiple projects while also attending to daily/weekly/monthly and annual tasks.

Receptive to mentoring, feedback and coaching.

Possess and demonstrate integrity, judgment, positivity and professionalism.

Demonstrated experience collaborating across a complex organization and with key organizational constituencies in a congenial and collaborative manner.

Ability and willingness to contribute on a regular and consistent basis to the goals of Concordia University School of Law.

Demonstrate the ability to publically support and live out the University and School of Law mission statements and core values, and actively pursue their vision.


Attitude and Demeanor of all Concordia University Employees

Publicly support the mission of Concordia University.

Communicate effectively with warmth, sensitivity, and understanding as s/he deals with administrative colleagues, teachers, students, parents, faculty, college personnel and program associates.

Work as a team member in a professional environment.

Possess a “service attitude” (willingness to be flexible to meet the demands of the college and/or department).

Have a professional physical appearance (appropriate clothing, hygiene, etc.).


Pre-Employment Screening Requirements

Successfully pass a criminal background check.