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Director of International Programs (School of Law) - 502070

SUMMARY:

The Director of International Programs is responsible for leading Richmond Law’s international initiatives, including: the build-out of the LL.M., LL.M./M.B.A., and J.D. programs; the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for increasing our international visibility, reputation, and attractiveness to international students; the initiation of co-curricular programming for international students within the law school; the development of academic and other support for international students, so as to maximize the quality of their experience at Richmond Law; and the oversight of other international opportunities within the law school for both students and faculty.  The Director will be expected to travel as appropriate to meet personally with both prospective applicants and representatives from law firms, companies, and foreign universities, and will be a key partner with the Dean, the faculty, and senior leadership in identifying, assessing, and taking advantage of new international opportunities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

International Branding and Student Recruiting

  • Design and implement a comprehensive strategy for identifying, recruiting and matriculating international students for the LL.M., LL.M./M.B.A., and J.D. programs, with a goal of increasing the number and quality of international students in these programs. 
  • Work with the Law School Director of Communications to develop a branding and marketing strategy to enhance our international visibility and reputation.
  • Stay current on international trends and best practices in international legal education and legal practice, build Richmond Law’s presence internationally, and develop strategic partnerships with entities such as universities, law firms, and international scholarship programs to increase the pipeline of students to Richmond Law.  Travel as appropriate to meet personally not only with prospective applicants but also with representatives from law firms, companies, and foreign universities.
  • Oversee the assessment of credentials of international students, including regularly reviewing the success of our international students to recalibrate as appropriate our admissions standards to assure that all the students we admit have a highly likelihood of academic success. 

International Student Academic Counseling and Support

  • Design a comprehensive set of programs of academic and ESL support for our foreign students, tailored to the particular and sometimes varying needs of LL.M. and J.D. students.   Oversee implementation of these programs, including teaching portions of this program and identifying and supervising others who would provide necessary academic support.
  • Counsel international students on academic and professional issues (both short-term academic issues and long-term professional career issues) throughout their enrollment.
  • Monitor the academic progress of each of our international students and design and implement a plan for intervention when students are having difficulty.
  • Design and execute a set of co-curricular learning opportunities that enhance international students’ understanding of U.S. legal culture.

Other International Programs and Initiatives

  • Provide strategic analysis and guidance concerning international initiatives such as international faculty exchange agreements, hosting conferences abroad, and short-term travel abroad components of courses and seminars.
  • Working in consultation with the University’s Office of International Education, thoroughly review and then build out the study abroad program for J.D. students by identifying key partnerships with foreign universities and then strengthening those partnerships. 
  • With respect to the law school’s summer program in Cambridge, England, assist in the on-site direction including supervision of faculty and students participating in the program.
  • Manage the Law School’s Visiting Researcher program, including reviewing applications, connecting visiting researchers/scholars with appropriate law faculty, and coordinating necessary appointment matters with the Law School’s Business Manager and International Education personnel.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience marketing, selling and managing programs internationally with a track record of success in non-U.S. environments is required.
  • Strong project management, program management, strategic planning, communication, networking and sales skills.
  • Program planning and implementation skills.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to collect, maintain, and analyze data.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proactive leadership abilities.
  • Creativity, initiative, energy, and professionalism.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty and other staff.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Knowledge of legal education and legal practice outside the United States.
  • Fluency in multiple languages desirable.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • J.D., LL.M., or equivalent foreign degree required.
  • 3 years of experience in legal practice, legal recruiting, or academic administration required.
  • Experience and contacts in international education programs or international legal practice strongly preferred.
  • A background in ESL teaching desirable.
  • Experience studying and working abroad desirable.

WORK HOURS:

  • Full-time, exempt position
  • Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

SALARY STRUCTURE:

Pay Grade 8

To see more detailed salary information please review the University of Richmond's Compensation Structure.

Located minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE  

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