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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.  The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline your skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Law School, founded in 1859, is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and a long time pioneer in preparing its students for the global practice of law. It has stood at the forefront of global legal education through its faculty, one third of whom teach in international, comparative, and foreign law; a student body keenly interested in global legal practice; a 150-year history of engagement with foreign legal institutions and students; a path-breaking required course for all students in transnational law; an extremely selective graduate LLM and SJD program for foreign students; clinical opportunities to work on transnational problems; a large network of alumni around the world in leading legal, policy, business, and academic positions; long-term institutional ties with major foreign law schools, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations; numerous programs and fellowships for study and work abroad; and close integration with other schools and departments of the University of Michigan focusing on international studies.


The Executive Director for Student Affairs serves as the Dean of Students and has dual reporting to the Dean of the Law School and the Associate Dean for Academic Programming.  This position oversees the work of the Offices of Student Life and Student Records including supervision of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, the Registrar and the Director of Student Services along with the administrative staff of those offices.  It is essential that the Executive Director of Student Affairs work collaboratively with faculty, administrators and other Law School student affairs leaders to create an environment that fosters the best possible student experience both in and out of the classroom.

The Executive Director:

  • Provides strategic vision, leadership, guidance and operational oversight for the Office of Student Life and Student Records to align their work with Law School priorities. 
  • Promotes excellence, innovation and creativity among the staff within the offices and the programs sponsored by the offices in order to meet the changing demand of a highly intellectual and diverse student body;
  • Improves the quality of the Offices of Student Life and Student Records by fostering a stimulating environment that attracts and retains the outstanding staff necessary to support and grow strong educational, multicultural and creative programs;
  • Provides leadership and oversight for policy development, ongoing assessment, communication to students and response to critical incidents in addition to the day-to-day activities of the offices;
  • Collaborates with other senior administrative leaders, faculty, academic deans and student organizations to foster community, create opportunities for student learning and to support student health and wellness.


  • Promoting professional student development and enhancing the law school experience through partnerships and connections with faculty and other law school and university offices;
  • Leading innovation in course scheduling, academic advising and student record-keeping;
  • Developing and executing programs and policies that promote an inclusive climate and facilitate students’ successful navigation of law school life;
  • Responding to critical incidents that affect students;
  • Recognizing and responding to the emerging needs of the student population;
  • Strategically deploying financial resources to best meet the goals of the office.

Required Qualifications*

J.D. from a highly reputable law school.  Ten years of progressively responsible experience in a complex higher education institution, such experience encompassing direct supervision, demonstrated success working with diverse student populations, preferably in a professional school environment, and proven abilities to work successfully in a fast-paced work environment. Exemplary communication skills; highly developed interpersonal skills, and strong relationship and organizational diplomacy.  Proven ability to work well independently and collaboratively, to work across organizational boundaries and to meet high standards for professionalism. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.