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Dean of the College of Law

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The Ohio Northern Search Committee will be evaluating applications in January 2018. Although applications will be accepted until a new dean is selected, candidates should submit their materials by January 12, 2018 for the most favorable consideration. The new dean will begin work on or about June 1, 2018. Candidates are asked to submit the following electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF): - A letter of interest; - A curriculum vitae; - The names, email addresses and phone numbers of five professional references. Ted Ford Webb of Ford Webb Associates is assisting with the search. Nominations and expressions of interest may be sent electronically to: Pettit@fordwebb.com Additional information about the University and ONU Law can be found at www.onu.edu and law.onu.edu.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: S000105
Posting Type: External - Open to All Applicants
Job Title: Dean of the College of Law
Position Title: Dean of the College of Law
Position Type: Administrative Staff
Classification: 2
Department: College of Law
Benefits Summary:

Benefit package includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, and Prescription insurance, Life insurance, Workers’ Compensation insurance, Unemployment insurance, and Total Disability insurance. Retirement: The University contributes 4% of the regular salary with up to 3% additional in matched contributions into the TIAA Retirement Program. Other benefits include tuition remission for employee, spouse, and employee’s dependent children under the age of 25 (this does not include the last two year of the PharmD program or the JD), twenty days of vacation and twenty days of paid medical leave per year.

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Job Summary:

Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law. Founded in 1885, the College of Law provides a distinctive law school experience. The small student to faculty ratio allows for each student to build relationships with members of the faculty. ONU Law has consistently strong bar passage and employment statistics and a curriculum that melds theory with practice. Ohio Northern University seeks a dean who has a deep understanding of the challenges currently facing law schools and will continue to build on the College of Law’s strengths so that it is well positioned for the future.

For a more detailed profile of the position, please go to https://www.onu.edu/academic_affairs/dean_law.

Scope:

Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

The dean will report directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and assume the position on or around June 1, 2018.

Principal Responsibilities:

The new dean will need to focus on building and expanding innovation and best practices to student recruiting, performance and post-graduation success, at both the strategic and hands-on level. Our size, our nimbleness, and our strong community culture represent untapped potential for an entrepreneurial leader and team builder. Student performance is an immediate, key criterion, but we also understand the need for a long-term systems approach focused on enhancing scholarship, research, program innovation, alumni and network development and fundraising in order to ensure long-term growth and stability.

The next dean of ONU Law will have the opportunity to creatively shape and lead ONU Law’s agenda for the future. Included in, but not limited to, this leadership agenda will be the following:

- Provide strong, strategic leadership: In collaboration with faculty, staff, alumni, students, community members and colleagues across the University, the dean will translate ONU Law’s vision into a strategic agenda. In line with the University’s and ONU Law’s strategic plans, this agenda will articulate short and longer term goals, resource needs, and strategies for accomplishing the goals.

- Provide effective day-to-day leadership for ONU Law’s administrative functions: This includes but is not limited to human resource functions such as faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure, staff management, and professional development; faculty governance functions; and financial and physical resource management. Ensure the continued strength and relevance of ONU Law’s academic programs: ONU Law has an excellent reputation for academic program quality and innovation. The next dean will capitalize on these successes, encouraging and assisting entrepreneurial program efforts.

- Lead ONU Law’s enrollment efforts: Like other private institutions, enrollment is the key driver of ONU Law’s success. The next dean will be a key leader in articulating and implementing ONU Law’s enrollment plan, and in translating that plan into goals and strategic activities focused on both student recruitment and retention.

- Lead ONU Law’s placement efforts: The dean will lead our college-wide effort to help our students obtain high quality employment, both within and outside of the legal profession. The dean will be expected to work with the Office of Career Services and with our extensive alumni network as we provide support to our students during their employment search.

- Empower the faculty as teachers and scholars: Provide resources and opportunities to foster faculty development and support.

- Engage with external stakeholders: The dean needs to engage with the bench, the bar (at the state, regional, and national levels), alumni, and other stakeholders to nurture and grow relationships that will support ONU Law’s academic and professional mission.

- Conduct fundraising on behalf of ONU Law: The dean is charged with securing new funding sources and stewarding finances for the school. The next dean will play a key role in conjunction with the University Advancement Office and Grants Support to acquire and allocate new resources.

Required Skills:

Applicants should demonstrate administrative ability, possess experience in budgeting, fiscal management, assessment, and management of law admissions with a strong connection to legal practice and bar organizations. Personal scholarly activity with demonstrated support for faculty scholarship and engagement as well as experience in higher education development, alumni relations, and legal education are equally important.

Minimum Qualifications:

A successful candidate must have a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree and a history of scholarly productivity and/or relevant professional experience that would allow for tenure within the Pettit College of Law at the rank of Professor.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Demonstrated administrative ability
- Experience in budgeting and fiscal management
- Experience in the assessment and management of law admissions
- Strong connection to legal practice and bar organizations
- Personal scholarly activity, and demonstrated support for faculty scholarship and engagement
- Experience in higher education development and alumni relations
- Experience in legal education

College Description:

Founded in 1885, the College of Law provides a distinctive law school experience. The small student to faculty ratio allows for each student to build relationships with members of the faculty. ONU Law has consistently strong bar passage and employment statistics and a curriculum that melds theory with practice.

ONU Law has a legacy of excellence with over 130 years of preparing students for legal practice. Fully accredited by the American Bar Association since 1948, ONU Law boasts an outstanding cadre of law faculty focused on student success. With a student to faculty ratio of 6:1 and a total study body of 160 students (42% from Ohio) representing 112 undergraduate colleges, ONU Law fosters a community of learners in a supportive environment with a healthy element of competition. ONU Law has made significant efforts to consistently enroll a diverse class and this year the college enrolled 21% minority students.

Appointment Length: 12-months
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:

The Ohio Northern Search Committee will be evaluating applications in January 2018. Although applications will be accepted until a new dean is selected, candidates should submit their materials by January 12, 2018 for the most favorable consideration. The new dean will begin work on or about June 1, 2018. Candidates are asked to submit the following electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF):

- A letter of interest;
- A curriculum vitae;
- The names, email addresses and phone numbers of five professional references.

Ted Ford Webb of Ford Webb Associates is assisting with the search. Nominations and expressions of interest may be sent electronically to: Pettit@fordwebb.com

Additional information about the University and ONU Law can be found at www.onu.edu and law.onu.edu.

Status: Full-Time

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