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Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center & Bar Studies

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description

Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for an Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center & Bar Studies to join our community.

Under the direction of the Faculty Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), the Assistant Director participates in the development and implementation of a comprehensive academic success program that partners with students from admission through bar passage.

Seattle University School of Law educates ethical lawyers who distinguish themselves through their outstanding professional skills and their dedication to the law in the service of justice. Faculty, students and staff form a vibrant, diverse, and collaborative community that promotes leadership for a just and humane world. The Law School’s commitment to academic distinction is grounded in its Jesuit Catholic tradition, one that encourages open inquiry, thoughtful reflection and concern for personal growth. Innovation, creativity and technological sophistication characterize our rigorous educational program, which prepares lawyers for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in law, business and public service.

Essential Functions:

* Develop and refine programs designed to assist students experiencing academic difficulty.

* Provide students with individual and small group academic counseling on topics such as critical reading, legal synthesis, legal argument, class preparation, and exam preparation and performance.

* Review student academic work and provide analysis and feedback to assist students in the improvement of their exam writing skills.   

* Provide information and advice for course selection, including helping students select the courses that will best prepare them for the bar exam.

* Provide bar preparation counseling to students and recent graduates. 

* Address general questions about the bar process, the bar application and the support programs provided by ARC and Bar Studies Program (BSP). 

* Meet with individuals preparing for the bar exam and review sample bar exam essays and performance tests and provide analysis and feedback for the improvement of bar writing skills. 

* Develop and execute customized individual study plans and strategies for passing the bar exam.

* Aid in the development and presentation of the Bar Studies Supplemental Bar Preparation Program.

* As a member of the ARC Team, actively participate in the development and implementation of events and programs that provide a comprehensive and meaningful academic experience for students.

* Develop and maintain the ARC and BSP websites, making sure all content is current and accurately reflects the programs that are being provided.

* Perform other duties as assigned.

Collaborate with School of Law departments on joint programing opportunities.


Juris Doctorate from an accredited institution.  Must be a member in good standing with a state bar association.

Must have the ability to build rapport with students in individual counseling situations and maintain student and student record confidentiality.

A high level of self-motivation, organization, flexibility, and solid judgment and interpersonal skills.

Must have outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written legal writing skills, with the ability to use these skills in individual and group presentation situations.

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and social media platforms.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check

Preferred Qualifications:

One to three years’ experience in academic support or other teaching experience.

Ability to conduct statistical analysis and review.

Experience with SU’s bar preparation program.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122