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Founded in 2006 as the third school in the Infilaw Consortium of independent ABA-accredited law schools (other institutions are Florida Coastal School of Law and Phoenix School of Law), the Law School received provisional approval from the American Bar Association in 2008 and full approval in 2011. These milestones were achieved in the minimum periods of time during significant change in legal education’s regulatory and market environment. The Law School’s mission is to become the benchmark of inclusive excellence in higher education for the 21st Century. Its mission pillars are to serve the underserved, provide a student outcome-centered education, and graduate practice-ready lawyers. Located in a new, built-to-suit 100,000 square-foot facility (with a 115,000 square-foot addition planned for opening in 2013) in the dynamic and growing Charlotte metropolitan area, the Law School is fully equipped to achieve these goals.
The Dean is the chief academic officer of the Law School and reports to the President of the School. She or he is responsible for leadership, curricula, long-range planning, budgets, and personnel matters related to the academic program. Working with the President, he or she helps represent the Law School inside and outside of the InfiLaw Consortium and plays an active role in advancing the reputation of the School and the Consortium. Principal duties and/or expectations as chief academic officer include:
1) collaboratively leading an interdependent faculty model to achieve state leadership in student diversity, bar pass, and market-leading career placement and salaries;
2) commitment to students, scholarship, culture and community;
3) character, integrity and emotional intelligence;
4) accessibility, compatibility, inspiration and tenacity at all levels;
5) external relations skills, including public speaking;
6) a deep understanding of globalization and diversity;
7) developing a process-based continuous-improvement culture;
8) establishing new benchmarks in practice-ready curricula;
9) understanding and utilizing the primary concepts of process-based excellence (Six Sigma preferred or Total Quality Management);
10) fostering a humility-based and student-centered faculty culture;
11) ensuring financial sustainability;
12) ensuring a market-leading student experience and value proposition:
13) comfort with technology;
14) achieving LSSSE results that exceed the national average;
15) providing leadership, consistent with established governance processes, in the development and achievement of strategic objectives;
16) working effectively within the Consortium to implement InfiLaw’s vision, mission and values;
17) ensuring the efficacy and success of accreditation processes;
18) establishing and continuously improving a management system that ensures achievement of School and Consortium goals and effective roll-out of culture; and
19) performing other duties as requested by the President.
The successful candidate will possess a unique blend of personal humility and intense personal will (i.e., someone who channels his or her ego away from himself or herself and toward the goal of building an extraordinary organization). Toward this end, the individual should possess a personal value system grounded in dedication to the greater good, continuous improvement, real-world conditions, interdependence, and a passion for excellence. He or she should be able to establish a strong team orientation (on the part of both faculty and staff) based on mutual trust, healthy conflict, clear commitments, accountability and commitment to results. The successful candidate should be able to address the challenges facing legal education and law practice, enable others to rethink dated conventions, and inspire change and differentiation that ensures institutional sustainability. He or she should have strong process competencies (Six Sigma or equivalent is desirable), a strong commitment to serving the underserved, and the ability to deliver consistent market-leading student outcomes.
Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2011. Please provide: (1) a letter addressing how the candidate’s background matches the position requirements; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; and (3) the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least four references. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically to: email@example.com. Materials that cannot be sent by email may be directed to:
Charlotte School of Law
Dean Search Committee
c/o Human Resources
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208
The search committee will hold applications and nominations in strict confidence. The review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
For information on the Law School, please visit the website at: http://www.charlottelaw.edu
Charlotte School of Law is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Inquiries are welcomed from all qualified candidates. Members of historically disadvantaged groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply.
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