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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 skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Campus Life and Engagement is a new position in the Office of Student Life.  The Assistant Director will facilitate the creation of a dynamic and inclusive law school community.  Working with indivdiual students and Student Organizations, faculty, staff and members of the legal community, the Assistant Director will help ensure students have a well-rounded law school experience that prepares them to enter the legal profession.  Key components include developing intellectual curiosity, leadership and communication skills, and an understanding of of the value of service and an understanding of the relationships between lawyers and the community.  The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with the law school community to engage students through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, as well as academic advising.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the J.D. and 40 in the LL.M. program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work.

At Michigan Law, we view our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our mission as an educational institution and we seek to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment. We believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence, and the advancement of knowledge and we maintain a deep commitment to fostering a diverse community in which all students, staff, and faculty learn and work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.


  • Develops and executes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion educational programming for students; Coordinates with student organizations to develop collaborative programming by developing allies; promotes and develop programming to foster cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Works with student organizations to develop student leadership skills, programming and compliance with institutional guidelines in their program development and operations, including working with Development and Alumni relations, and the Events Manager.
  • Develops and implements a wide range of programming, presentations, and activities, designed to optimize our students’ experience of and participation in their academic experience, including co-curricular and extracurricular pursuits, and, in collaboration with the Office of Career Planning, to develop their leadership and professionalism skills.
  • Works closely with individual students, Law School Student Senate, and all student groups, to enrich the climate both within and outside the classroom, to provide peer-mentoring programs, and to cultivate and enhance the diversity of the Law School community.
  • Maintains a regular schedule of student appointments, providing individual counseling on a wide array of student academic and personal issues and concerns.
  • Develops and promotes student participation in co-curricular and extracurricular programming with counseling and collaboration with OCP, coordinates with the FYI program to facilitate 1L student engagement and community building through Journals, mentoring, student organization participation, etc.
  • Provides Academic Advising; helps student to set and realize goals for their academic tenure, including course selection, participation in student organizations, service activities and fulfilment of graduation requirements in accordance with those goals.
  • Works with CICL to provide academic advising to J.D. students interested in studying abroad early in their career.
  • Provides assistance to Student Funded Fellowship to ensure adherence to guideline.
  • Works with the University Office of Student Conflict Resolution; acts as the unit’s trained arbiter for conflict hearings after completion of training.

Required Qualifications*

M.S.W. or Master’s degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Leadership, or other related field is preferred. Qualified candidates will have a strong college student development orientation and will be able to create a dynamic and welcoming collegiate environment. A highly qualified candidate will have excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, as well as demonstrated cultural competencies and ability to work within and contribute to a diverse campus community. Candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, counseling experience, and project management skills. Experience with accommodations and evaluation is preferred. Candidate will demonstrate a collaborative work-style, team-building and leadership skills. Candidate will understand student retention and engagement. Candidate will exercise sound judgment and handle confidential information appropriately according to FERPA and other compliance requirements. Willingness to work evenings and weekends is required.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


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