Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director for Student Affairs

University of Southern California
Westchester, CA
Sep 15, 2022
Sep 24, 2022
Position Type
Assistant Dean
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Founded in 1896, the Gould School of Law has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new ground. USC first introduced legal education in Southern California. Today, the law school continues to make history through its philosophy of innovation and through its people. USC Gould cultivates analytical ability, ethical values, and a spirit of collegiality that prepare students for meaningful careers benefiting society. It was one of the first law schools to engage students in clinical programs and remains a leader in experiential education.

University of Southern California Gould School of Law is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director for Student Affairs.

Preferred Education:
  • Juris Doctor degree

Preferred Experience:
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant practice experience in legal and law school education
  • Strong experience with needs analysis and counseling
  • Strong management experience
  • Proven knowledge of law school grading, student records, and curriculum policies

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Director for Student Affairs is responsible for the development and implementation of Academic Services, Student Life, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming and initiatives.

The duties of the position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Cultivate a diverse and inclusive campus as well as a community of belonging.
  • Chairs the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Committee.
  • Alongside the Dean of Students, sets the annual agenda for DEI-related priorities and goals.
  • Develops and implements DEI-related professional development and programs for the Gould community, including training related to anti-bias, anti-racism, allyship, etc.
  • Monitors Gould's Climate Incident Reporting process.
  • Oversee a wide variety of student activities, resources, and services, including community events, wellness programming, student organizations and activities, student leadership development, disability accommodations, and academic planning, among others.
  • Monitor campus policies and procedures related to accessibility, student organizations, community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and journal activity.
  • Provide information, advice, counsel, and assistance to individual students regarding academic (graduation requirements, residency requirements, bar course-load selection, certificate requirements, and requirements for graduation) and personal matters.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of student appointments and advise on a wide range of topics including Law School policies, academic concerns, registration requirements, disability accommodations (including the potential impact on the bar examination), harassment concerns, leaves of absence, and other issues that impact student success.
  • Assist with the supervision of large- and small-scale events, including new student orientation (both for incoming 1Ls and for transfer students), Student Leadership programming, Student Affairs programming, wellness initiatives, exam support efforts, bar support efforts, and other initiatives
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Attention: Applicants must upload a cover letter and resume to be considered for the position.

USC offers a competitive benefits package. USC Benefits information can be found here:

Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould). Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration with management experience

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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