The Special Assistant to the Dean is a member of the law school’s senior staff and leads the administrative and organizational functions of the Office of the Dean at American University Washington College of Law (“WCL”). The Special Assistant ensures the Office’s organizational effectiveness and efficiency and provides leadership, training, and coaching to its staff. Works to advance the overall goals of the institution, including through research and policy briefings, substantive special projects, drafting remarks and other communications, and organization of events and meetings. Provides substantial administrative support to the Dean, including strategic calendaring and communications management. Conceptualizes, develops, maintains, and oversees strategic office systems and processes. Serves as a liaison between the Dean and the Dean’s staff, students, University central administration, other schools, and internal and external constituencies. Works closely with senior WCL and AU administrators to ensure open communication and progress on issues that affect WCL and the University. Reports directly to and maintains close contact with the Dean to stay abreast of the Dean’s priorities and evolving issues and concerns, enabling the Special Assistant to speak for the Dean when necessary.
Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree or J.D. preferred.
At least 5 years of progressive professional leadership experience
High standards for quality and excellence
Proactive, confident, and self-directed
Outstanding writing, verbal, and inter-personal skills
Exceptional analytical capacities and organizational skills, and the ability to work under minimal supervision
High EQ and social intelligence, combined with comportment, professionalism, discernment, and discretion
Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, initiate, plan, design, and execute multiple complex projects simultaneously with attention to detail
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, tactfully, and diplomatically with internal and external constituencies
Adaptable, flexible, and comfortable with ambiguity
Sense of humor
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
Awareness of shared governance and appreciation for academic culture and decision-making
Strong technical skills, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook, Word, and Access
Working knowledge of Ellucian Colleague or similar enterprise application system
Experience in higher education practices and procedures
Statistical skills a plus
A very high level of discretion is required from this position due to exposure and access to highly confidential and sensitive information. Must have ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume with their application.
Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
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