Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Community Engagement, and Equity

Posted: June 17, 2021

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati, OH

Summary of Position

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

Responsible for developing and implementing a wide variety of programs ensuring that law students succeed academically, personally, and professionally.

Essential Functions

  • Manages the facilitation of law student access to academic, co-curricular, and social activities at the University. 
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises law school new student orientation, graduation, and award/recognition ceremonies, including student leadership development programs. 
  • Oversees academic advising for JD, joint-degree, and certificate program students.
  • Oversees referrals and resources for academic support, is the primary contact for law student emergencies, and manages the medical leave of absence process for College of Law students.
  • Oversees the coordination of disability-related accommodations for the College of Law community. 
  • Supports the College’s Title IX Compliance.
  • Supervises, coordinates, advises, and promotes student organizations, including law student government, assists student organization in establishing appropriate governance structures and in complying with all law school and university requirements.
  • Provides support for law student discipline structures.  Ensures reporting by structures of character and fitness.
  • Serves as an ex officio member on faculty committees as requested.
  • Provides mentoring, support, and programming for historically underrepresented groups and first generation college/low income undergraduates and connects them with the resources necessary to thrive in a professional school environment.
  • Collaborates with COL leadership team on all questions bearing on the overall climate of the school community, including student concerns relating to diversity, equity, and belonging.
  • Collaborates and provides thought partnership to student services team on the best practices and programming to support diversity, equity, and belonging initiatives.
  • Develop budget requests and monitor expenditures.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need.  This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree or Terminal Degree.

Required Experience

  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of higher education administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and a proven record of achieving diversity goals.
  • Some positions may require a record of scholarship and professional achievement that would meet the criteria for appointment as a full professor with tenure.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • J.D. strongly ideal.
  • Extensive experience in student services and knowledge of best practices in mentoring programs in higher education
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and prioritization of projects, programs, and activities, using sound judgment while meeting organizational requirements and maintaining accountability.
  • High level of independent judgment, initiative, discretion, collegiality, integrity, professionalism, confidentiality, and attention to detail
  • Must understand how individuals' lived experiences impact the needs of multiple constituencies.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

Education Required: Bachelor’s
Education Preferred: JD
Years of Experience Required: Seven (7) years of relevant work experience.
Years of Experience Preferred: A minimum of three (3) years of higher education administrative experience.

How to Apply


Application Deadline: Open until position is filled.