Established in 1865, the George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital and one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law is located on the GW campus in the downtown DC neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.
Job Description Summary:
GW Law’s Business and Finance Law Program (BFL Program) oversees and coordinates the Law School’s extensive and diverse business and finance law course offerings and activities for the benefit of our J.D., LL.M., and M.S.L. students. The BFL Program supports the teaching and scholarly efforts of faculty members who teach business and finance law courses. The BFL Program’s 15 full-time faculty and over 50 adjunct faculty represent the largest group of faculty members teaching in a single program or subject area at GW Law. The BFL Program’s full-time and adjunct faculty teach more than 75 business and finance law courses (the largest number of course offerings in a single program or subject area), ranging from entry level courses such as Corporations and Federal Income Tax to advanced courses and seminars on specialized topics in U.S. and international business and finance law. The BFL Program also provides initial and ongoing advice on individualized courses of study to students pursuing J.D., LL.M., and M.S.L. degrees in Business and Finance Law each year (many of whom come to GW from all over the world, including Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Europe).
The George Washington University Law School is currently seeking a candidate to fill the position of Assistant Dean for the Business and Finance Law Program. GW Law is seeking a candidate with significant demonstrated achievements and strong visibility in the legal profession, the academic or nonprofit community, and/or the government sector. The Assistant Dean will report to the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Faculty Director(s) of the BFL Program and will have the following responsibilities:
Coordinates management and execution of the BFL Program under the oversight of the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Faculty Director(s) of the Program, including academic advising, creation of program materials, planning and executing events, community outreach, marketing, student recruitment, and other relationship building activities with students, faculty, alumni, and supporters of the BFL Program and its affiliated centers and initiatives (including the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF), the Falk Academy of Management and Entrepreneurship (FAME), and GW in New York (GWNY)).
Works with the Law School Dean’s office, Executive Director of Development, BFL Faculty Director(s), and alumni to support recruitment of Advisory Board members and fund-raising.
Creates opportunities to promote and showcase the scholarly work and public outreach of the Business and Finance Law faculty
* Coordinates and supports conferences, symposia, and other scholarly, professional, and public-facing projects and events initiated by the Assistant Dean, individual Business and Finance Law Program faculty members, and related centers, initiatives, and programs as well as student groups focused on business and finance law.
* Supports faculty and student research and scholarship on relevant topics, including support for the student-edited Business and Finance Law Review and supervision of student research papers.
Coordinates the BFL Program’s participation in GW Law’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives (including the faculty’s Anti-Racism Resolution).
Responsible for publicizing the work of Business and Finance Law faculty and students by developing programmatic communication materials in conjunction with the Law School and University administration, including the Dean and the Communications Office, as well as providing input to Law School publications on related program topics/issues.
In conjunction with the Jacob Burns Law Library, develops and administers special educational and research programs in the field of business and finance law.
Attends bar, organizational and public meetings to obtain exposure and recognition for the program and receive feedback on issues and matters that will help ensure success of the program.
Consults with the Faculty Director(s) and other faculty members of the Business and Finance Law Program; collaborates with and supports C-LEAF, FAME, GWNY, and other faculty-led centers and initiatives affiliated with the BFL Program.
Works with the Dean’s office, BFL Faculty Director(s), and the Law School’s Executive Director of Development in cultivating gifts to support the Business and Finance Law Program and its affiliated centers and initiatives (including C-LEAF, FAME, and GWNY), as well as in recruiting and collaborating with members of the Program’s Advisory Board. Consults with the Advisory Board for feedback on strategic initiatives for the program.
Interacts with BFL Program faculty members and the Law Alumni Office in organizing alumni programs, lectures, colloquia series, and similar events related to the Business and Finance Law Program.
Cultivates and implements efforts designed to enhance non-J.D. tuition revenue sources, including CLE and Executive Education, content for existing and potential new LL.M. and M.S.L. degrees, and other strategic revenue opportunities consistent with the short- and long-term financial plan of the Law School.
Collaborates with the Faculty Director(s) and other members of the BFL Program faculty, the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the entire academic team in developing program curricula and course content for LL.M., J.D. and M.S.L. students; works collaboratively on program-related activities that enhance the reputation of the Law School.
Develops a recruitment plan and works with graduate legal program staff to substantially increase LL.M. and M.S.L. enrollments in Business and Finance Law.
Collaborates in the management and supervision of student research and writing undertaken towards the completion of an LL.M. degree in Business and Finance Law, including theses, relevant journal notes and research papers; works directly with students to complete written projects and to facilitate publication; advises students affiliated with the BFL Program on academic matters and monitors student progress toward completion of degree requirements.
Assists students in identifying and competing for employment opportunities and collaborates with the Career Center and other internal offices on the establishment of a program of internships/externships in business and finance law.
Works with the Student Bar Association, the Faculty Director(s) and other members of the BFL Program faculty, and other relevant offices and student groups on business and finance law-related events, competitions and awards.
Serves as liaison and principal contact for students, prospective students, visiting scholars, etc., regarding the program.
Oversees the recruitment, hiring and supervision of an endowed Fellow to support the work of the program.
Performs additional related duties as assigned by the Dean or the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Faculty Director(s) of the BFL Program. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the Dean or the Senior Associate Dean from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Qualified candidates will hold a terminal degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Significant experience in legal education and/or law practice in business and finance law, as well as extensive knowledge and understanding of the various disciplines within these fields and familiarity with the work of lawyers in those fields.
A personal profile that includes significant demonstrated achievements and strong visibility in the private, academic, nonprofit, and/or government sectors in the fields of business and finance law.
Familiarity with major federal financial regulatory agencies and other national/international government and professional legal organizations involved in business and finance law.
Previous experience in program administration, fundraising, public service and/or public relations.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Ability to supervise subordinates constructively and effectively.
Ability to work and partner with members of the BFL Program faculty on joint programming efforts and the promotion of scholarship and public outreach by faculty and students.
Demonstrated administrative and management experience and capabilities.
Typical Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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