Assistant Dean of Students, School of Law
Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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** Cover letter required for all positions and optional for facilities, campus services, and hospitality positions unless otherwise specified.Job Description SummaryThe Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for aspects of student life, student support, and student services at the Law School. The incumbent will oversee the successful administration of programs and organizations, wellness, disability services, and other student related activities. This position works closely with Faculty and department heads to set student goals and measure outcomes. The incumbent will provide leadership and collaboration and develop plans to lead student efforts and engage with the community to enhance the student experience. By understanding the student body and strategic vision set by the Dean, this position will build programs and set policies that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The incumbent will provide services that foster success and the wellbeing of Law Students and counsel those who need additional support due to challenging circumstances. Specific initiatives will be set in place to build pipelines for underrepresented students and to meet the increasing number of student ADA/Section 504 accommodations. The position responds to campus and student emergencies, oversees the disciplinary process, and conducts threat assessments.

Responsible for the student experience, this position will take a data driven approach and provide unique opportunities for engagement while managing tight budgets and ensuring our students are ready for the legal market. The incumbent will work with departments and faculty to lead innovative programs and events using advanced technology, proactive communication and reporting. Additionally, the incumbent will comply with federal, state, ABA, ADA and institutional policies and procedures.Job Description


The Assistant Dean of Students reports directly to the Dean and collaborates closely with the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Assistant Dean of Careers, Vice Dean and CAO. The individual will interface with the entire student population, speak at large events, organize student programs, and advise Faculty and Staff on student services. The position regularly serves as a leader across campus and within higher education on issues that affect law students. The position will manage at least 2 direct reports.

Required Qualifications

JD or Master's Degree with up to 8 years of professional experience in management and/or student services. Significant experience in conflict management, student advising, disability management and leadership in an academic setting.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write and speak succinctly, advocate effectively and persuade with nuance when working with a wide variety of constituents. The ability to say no with grace, deliver difficult news, and manage difficult conversations is particularly important, especially with demanding faculty, staff and students. Must be able to work independently, effectively, and collegially with faculty, deans, staff, parents, students and senior administrators.

Superior judgment, high resilience and energy, strong emotional intelligence, compassion and positivity. Serving as a community model the successful candidate will be self-motivated, discreet, diplomatic, tactful, mindful and calm. Sophistication in student affairs best practices, management best practices, the state of the legal profession and law pedagogy, and wellness issues that affect law students and lawyers, is required.

Student Affairs

  • Responsible for the smooth administration of student services at the Law School.
  • Understands, assesses, and educates the student body on sound business practice, service, and engagement.
  • Builds mechanisms in support of student education and the academic mission.
  • Represents the Law School on behalf of the student body.
  • Responsible for collaborating with other student service departments to develop and implement strategic goals for the student population.
  • Leads required reporting efforts and works to ensure the student services offered meet all requirements related to the ABA and SACCS.
  • Develops internal and external tools to market student services at the Law School and promote Law School activity.

Student Programming

  • Provides primary oversight for student organizations.
  • Develops programming and informational campaigns to highlight law school, University student wellbeing
  • In partnership with operations, plans and executes orientation, admitted students day, open houses, other recruiting events, Career and Professional Development networking events, Alumni or reunion events, and commencement.
  • Develops and directs delivery of various programs, trainings, and services, that identify and address various student or community concerns.
  • Represents the Law School for various Student functions and speaks at national and international student affairs conferences, legal education programs, student organizations, or large Law School events.
  • Manages communication for student events. Ensures accurate deadlines, budgets submissions, and processes are installed for best utilization of resources and highest participation and educational value.
  • Creates and implementing programming, networking events and resource development for area of expertise, including diversity and inclusion, business & corporate initiatives, regional and local firms, transfer students, international JD students.

Student Support

  • Serves as primary contact for all law student needs.
  • Provides academic and personal advising.
  • Takes a non-judgmental counseling approach and resolves issues through the use of working plans.
  • Works with individual students and student groups to resolve student challenges and community issues.
  • Works collaboratively on requests for academic exceptions or accommodations, leaves of absence and special accommodations due to challenging circumstances. Implements systems to identify and correct negative trends in student life, student health, or student community.
  • Works with Dean and Vice Dean on student matters dealing with the student Code of Conduct.
  • Leads threat assessment teams to ensure a safe and supportive community. Coordinates resources and responses to requests and informs the Dean of trends or areas of immediate attention or need.


  • Responsible for the management of direct reports and programs including Pro Bono, Outreach, and others.
  • Meets regularly with direct reports to monitor progress, provide guidance and resolve issues that arise.
  • Delegates and collaborates within and across departments to manage workflow and ensure adequate resources are established for project and student success.
  • Responsible for setting goals, completing performance reviews, and ensuring fair and consistent management practices are used.
  • Supports professional development and thoughtfully approaches workforce to set strategies and professional standards.


  • Serves on several University committees.
  • Is accessible by phone 24/7 in the event of an emergency or time-sensitive issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Additional Job Description

In an effort to protect the health and safety of the campus community, all faculty and staff positions, excluding staff who perform duties exclusively at Graylyn Conference Center, are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine prior to their hire date. Once hired, faculty and staff must maintain full COVID-19 vaccination status throughout their employment at Wake Forest University. Faculty and staff with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude vaccination should contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation.

Time Type RequirementFull timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

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