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School of Law Dean

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks County, ND
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Feb 23, 2022

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Position Information: *Description*The University of North Dakota is seeking candidates for the position of Dean of the UND School of Law. Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the dean is the chief executive officer of the School of Law and is responsible for its effective administration. The dean will provide leadership and facilitate an environment for accomplishing strategic goals, as well as aligning the functioning of the School of Law with UND's broader academic identity and strategic planning. The dean is responsible, in cooperation with the provost, for academic and administrative planning; budgeting; administration and implementation of department, college and university policies; and fund-raising and external relations. The dean, in partnership with the faculty, is responsible for academic program development and review; faculty recruitment; development and evaluation of faculty; and student relations.UND seeks a dynamic and visionary leader who will build upon the School of Law's strengths to provide exceptional professional educational experiences, recruit and develop outstanding faculty, and promote faculty-driven scholarly and creative endeavors. The next dean will be a committed team player who is devoted to excellence and shared governance. The selected individual will be a consultative decision-maker and will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The dean will have unquestioned integrity and exemplary interpersonal and communication skills. With an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2022, the next dean will succeed Professor Michael McGinniss, who, after a successful three-year term as dean, has elected to return to full-time teaching and research after leading the School of Law through a period of enrollment growth, program expansion, and increasing visibility across the state of North Dakota.The next dean of the School of Law at UND will be joining the university during a dynamic period. Under the leadership of President Andrew Armacost (who joined UND in 2020) and Provost Eric Carl Link (who joined UND in 2021), the campus is experiencing enrollment growth and major campus improvements with several buildings under construction and/or renovation currently. Significant investments at the university in terms of research development in critical areas are propelling the university forward as the flagship research institution in the state of North Dakota. Meanwhile, the university's ongoing commitments to student success at both the undergraduate and graduate level continue to elevate the tradition of educational excellence at the institution.The incoming dean of the School of Law will have the opportunity to build on the long-standing tradition of excellence within the school, and to work alongside both internal and external partners and stakeholders to increase and enhance the mission of the school. Enhancing access and opportunity for students and faculty through alumni and donor relations will be essential in the coming years as the university engages in robust capital campaigning and relationship building, as will bringing key programmatic opportunities to the students of the college that will position them-and the school-for ongoing service to the state and the region.*Duties & Responsibilities*The following is an abbreviated list of the responsibilities associated with this position:
* Promoting high-quality academic programs and supporting high-quality teaching.
* Fostering collaborative academic planning and innovative curricular development.
* Promoting student success and retention.
* Advancing research, scholarship, and creative activities.
* Creating an inclusive campus climate that demonstrates a commitment to inclusiveness and encourages service to underserved populations.
* Attracting support for the University and the School through active engagement of alumni, community, industry and other external constituents, and effectively participating in fundraising activities/alumni relations.
* Maintaining accreditation standards and complying with other reporting requirements for accrediting agencies.
* Managing the budget in accordance with the University's Model for Incentive Resource Allocation, including the preparation, submission, disbursement of, and working within the budget of the school.
* In collaboration with others, creating and supporting a plan that results in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified staff and faculty.
* Leading the coordination of school governance.
* Maintaining and strengthening partnerships within and outside of the university.
* Envisioning and implementing a vision for the School in furtherance of the university's mission and goals.
* Building relationships across the campus and within the staff that engender trust through open communication.
*Key Traits & Attributes*
* Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate complex or technical information clearly to a range of audiences.
* Comfortable, effective and engaging in public speaking.
* Able to work with small groups, as well as one-on-one communication with all constituencies.
* An active listener with timely follow-up and follow-through skills.
* A visible, servant leader; leads by example.
* Demonstrates humility, flexibility and delegation; is not a micromanager.
* Able to make well informed decisions; involves others in decision making.
* A forward thinking, proactive visionary.
* An effective agent of change with the ability to motivate and inspire others.
* An appreciation for, and supporter of shared governance.
* A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity in faculty, staff and student populations.
* Interpersonal skills that lead to effective interactions both inside and outside the university.
* An entrepreneurial spirit.
* A deep commitment to student learning and a positive student experience.
* A motivator and mentor to faculty, staff and students.
* A strategic, critical thinker who leads with candor, sound judgment and transparency.
* Possesses high emotional intelligence, a strong moral compass, unquestionable integrity, high professional standards, authenticity and commitment to cause.
* A positive agent of change.
*Required Qualifications *
A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other terminal degree in lawTen years of experience in teaching, the practice of law and/or legal education administrationSuccessful completion of a criminal history records checkIn compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.*Preferred Qualifications*
* A record of achievement that would qualify the candidate for holding a tenured faculty position within the School of Law.
* Career track of progressive, documentable accomplishments in increasingly complex leadership roles - particularly within an academic setting.
* Experience creating innovative approaches to provide faculty and staff with the resources and support to maintain and enhance excellence in teaching, scholarship and student support.
* Experience working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership and establishing strong working relationships with University, State Bar and legislative governing bodies.
* Proficiency with data and data analytics.
* Experience overseeing recruitment, retention, supervision and mentorship of high-quality faculty and staff.
* Experience with positively impacting student recruitment, enrollment and retention.
* Experience with fundraising and identification of creative and atypical revenue streams.
* Working knowledge and experience with academic entrepreneurship and creativity.
* A record of sound budgetary management with good financial acumen.
* A record of working with, understanding and addressing the needs of nontraditional students and other underserved populations.
* Experience with, or knowledge of the accreditation processes.
* Proven record of providing direction and advocacy for research and creative endeavors.
* Demonstrated leadership in fostering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
* Experience with administration of the promotion and tenure process, faculty hiring and appointments and other personnel actions.
* A consistent record of setting and surpassing goals and objectives.
* A record of excellence in teaching, research and service in higher education.
*Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification*Commensurate with experience, Full-time, Benefitted, Exempt*Work Schedule/Start Date*July 1, 2022*Benefits*Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.*To Apply*Applications should include a letter of interest (not more than three pages) specifically addressing the applicant's background in relationship to the qualifications described and current curriculum vitae. Please send applicant materials to []( will be accepted until the position is filled. *Applications received by Tuesday, January 25, 2022 are assured consideration.*Applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF Format) to []( Nominations for this position may also be emailed to []( Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in this application process should contact Anthem Executive at 941.240.8847.*Additional Information*To find out why living and working in Greater Grand Forks is way cooler, check out [Grand Forks is Cooler]( information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.*Confidentiality of Application Materials*Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.*EEO Statement*The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran's status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.*Veteran's Preference*Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.*Clery Statement*In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university's policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.
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