Assistant Director of Student Life

Posted: May 13, 2021

University of Miami School of Law
Coral Gables, FL

Summary of Position

Assistant Director, Student Life (ADSL) will provide critical functions to the Student Affairs Team. The Assistant Director, Programs administers program resources to fulfill the program’s mission in accordance with priorities, and time requirements. Moreover, the incumbent performs work of an administrative, managerial, and professional nature. The Assistant Director, Programs also provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic plans to meet institutional goals related to the assigned program(s).

Education Required: Bachelor’s
Education Preferred: JD

Additional Information

Reports to: Assistant Dean of Students/ Director of Student Life

CORE JOB Functions

Manages and oversees the coordination of current students programming, including activities outside the school, special events, and networking events, particularly 1L section programming, orientation, January re-orientation and commencement Facilitates general advertisement including editing and updating, correspondence, brochures and website materials. Develops and implements operational processes for handling inquiries Manages registration, advising, onboarding (Orientation) and off boarding (Commencement) Assists and advises students in their overall goal development and achievement, and especially student leaders of our 50+ student organizations Establishes and continuously assesses the effectiveness of the internal controls within the unit and compliance with University policies and procedures.

Student Support

The ADSL must have strong interpersonal skills and a working knowledge of policies and procedures and resources available at the School of Law. Responsible for connecting students in need with the Dean of Students or other law school resources (Financial Aid, Law Registrar, Accessibility Services among others) and University Resources (Student Health Center, Parking, Public Health resources, Canes Central among others) to ensure that services are provided. Must have good judgment, emotional intelligence and listening skills to triage student concerns and make appropriate referrals for academic and non-academic matters. By intervening proactively and implementing a wrap-around model, student issues are monitored and often resolved before they escalate. The Assistant Director is advising students, primarily on non-academic concerns, and must have excellent discretion to determine whether other Deans or Directors must be involved. The Assistant Director will be screening students with attendance issues and making appropriate referrals, reaching out to students considering transfer out with goal of retention, and organizing 1L section specific community building activities with a particular focus on Sections A and B.

Student Life and Student Organizations

The ADSL would provide guidance and oversight to approximately half of our 50 plus student organizations, with a particular focus on affinity groups. The Assistant Director will guide these organizations in the fair operation of elections, leadership training, conflict resolution and strategic planning for events. The Assistant Director would update and review the student organization handbook annually to ensure that our guidelines are clear to student leaders. The Assistant Director will connect these leaders with UM Law’s essential resources, including Events, Communications, Career Development, and Alumni Development, but manage and triage issues for best allocation of resources and maximum student engagement.

Special Events and Programming

The ADSL will significant staff support towards Orientation (August) and Re-Orientation (January). Our August orientation for J.D., LL.M., exchange and Transfer Students. The ADSL would also provide back-up assistance as needed with Commencement. Special projects would include programming for the Veteran’s Day Lunch, and special student programming to highlight student diversity at Miami Law. Assistant Directors will be expected to recommend new projects and implement them with the goal of improving the quality of student life at the UM School of Law. The Partnership for Professionalism and other professional development programming would also be considered as resources permit. The Assistant Director will be expected to exercise independent judgment in implementing such programs.

Technology and Communications

The ADSL will develop additional content for Website and other media including FAQ’s on topics of concern to the Student Body. They work with the Dean of Students on overall strategy, but they are exercising significant independent judgment, and engage with students to help generate relevant and useful content.

Use social networking technology and blogs as appropriate to improve communications with the student body. Evaluate effective use of email and distribution lists to improve student communication. Video-tape relevant events for website and archiving and taping alumni testimonials. Make efficient use of UM systems to improve the student experience, and streamline the delivery of services.

Education/Experience

Bachelor’s degree and JD degree preferred; UM Law experience preferred. We are seeking student-centered professionals who will work with our team, dedicated to improving the quality of life of our students at Miami Law. Position requires significant experience with the University of Miami Coral Gables campus and the School of Law, strong interpersonal skills, good problem-solving skills and excellent customer service orientation. Excellent oral and written skills and computer literacy are required. Ability to use technology including social media to communicate information on activities to students. Ability to design and manage own projects and events with minimal supervision, ability to work under pressure and to balance competing responsibilities necessary. Experience with student organization leadership will be a tremendous asset. Assistant Director must be sensitive to maintaining student confidences consistent with University requirements. Flexible schedule with advance notice required as some events involve evening and weekend participation. Proficient in Microsoft, Word, Excel, Powerpoint. 

How to Apply

Please apply online and feel free to contact Amy Perez, Director of Student Life, should you have any questions regarding the position (aperez@law.miami.edu).