The University of Missouri-Kansas City seeks a dynamic and visionary leader for the position of Dean of the School of Law. UMKC School of Law is committed to educational excellence, outstanding scholarship, diversity, inclusiveness, and respect for people, ideas, and justice. It is dedicated to educating students to become outstanding lawyers who will serve their communities and the nation in the highest traditions of the legal profession. UMKC's juris doctor degree program is designed to prepare students for the challenges faced by 21st century lawyers, public officials, and executives. The law school offers emphases in Business and Entrepreneurship; Advocacy; Child and Family Law; Intellectual Property Law; and Urban Land Use and Environmental Law; as well as LL.M. degrees in Taxation and Lawyering. Law students are encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary work across multiple UMKC academic units.
This position offers an opportunity for a talented, multi-skilled and committed individual to lead a vital unit of the University. The Dean is responsible for providing academic, strategic and administrative leadership for the school, articulating a vision for 21st century legal education, fundraising, and enhancing the strong relationship that exists between the School, its alumni and the various sectors of the legal, business, and government communities. The Dean serves as a senior academic leader of the University, reports to the Provost, and will work collaboratively with fellow Deans.
The Dean is expected to have: (1) a thorough understanding of both the challenges and the opportunities facing legal education today, along with creative/innovative ideas for tackling those issues; (2) the ability to recruit and support excellent and diverse faculty, students and staff; (3) strong operational and financial skills; (4) outstanding administrative and management skills, including team building; (5) the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders; and (6) the ability to achieve success in both external outreach and fundraising. The successful candidate will have leadership experience that provides a foundation for success in an academic setting.
Founded in 1929 as the University of Kansas City, UMKC has expanded to three campuses, which house 11 different schools and colleges. We are a great university in one of America’s “smartest cities.” Today, UMKC is Kansas City’s 24th-largest employer, with over 3,500 staff and faculty supporting our more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
As a UMKC employee, you’ll belong to an engaged, diverse community. You’ll also enjoy many competitive benefits, including health, dental, life and other insurance plans; a comprehensive retirement program; and significant tuition assistance and reimbursement programs for employees and their qualifying dependents. For more information, visit the Benefits page. With career options in numerous fields, both academic and administrative, UMKC could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.