Vermont Law School
Vermont Law School invites applications for an Associate Dean for Environmental Programs. The Associate Dean for Environmental Programs oversees Vermont Law Schools signature environmental law programs, which are the largest and deepest such programs of any law school in the nation In addition to setting the strategic direction for, and overseeing the administration of, the Environmental Law Center (ELC), the Associate Dean is a member of the faculty and is a scholar in the field of environmental law. The next ELC director replaces Marc Mihaly, who was promoted to President and Dean of Vermont Law School this year.
Associate Dean for Environmental Programs
About Since the ELC was established in 1978, we have trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations, and private practice-locally, nationally, and internationally. With the largest graduate environmental law program in the country, the ELC is widely regarded among its peers as a leader in the field. The ELC houses focused research institutes, specialized degree programs, experiential programs, and much more. The ELC tackles crucial issues such as sustainable development, global warming, environmental and energy law and policy, and environmental taxation. Our clinics litigate real-world cases across the country, and our world-renowned Summer Session provides a unique opportunity for students, faculty, scientists, and policy makers to meet and discuss the latest environmental developments. Everyone who experiences the ELCs offerings leaves with a heightened sense of civic responsibility and a deeper understanding of the issues. Our graduates go on to become leaders charting a course to a sustainable future for our planet. VLS seeks applications from a diverse pool of candidates with varied backgrounds. Candidates with appointments at other law schools, those who are currently in practice or doing significant policy work, or those who currently hold executive positions at NGOs or in business are all encouraged to apply.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Key responsibilities of this position include:
- Program Leadership: Provide overall strategic leadership and vision for the VLS environmental programs, including maintaining and enhancing the excellence of the current programs and planning new initiatives. Directly supervise a five-person administrative staff, and coordinate environmental faculty input into programmatic and academic issues related to the environmental law programs. Collaborate with the Associate Director in managing the nine week summer session. Oversee the preparation of annual budgets for new and existing environmental law programs. Work with other deans and program directors to assist in the administration of the law school.
- Faculty Development and Recruitment: Assist environmental faculty in the production of environmental law scholarship and in other scholarly activities, and work with the dean and other members of the faculty to recruit new environmental law faculty members to VLS.
- Curriculum Management: Lead the process of reviewing the environmental law curriculum and developing appropriate curricular reforms, including the submission of new course/program requests or modifications of existing courses/programs; course sequencing, and scheduling; and overseeing development and maintenance of curriculum guide and certification requirements. Advise the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs on course assignments and annual course offerings.
- Oversight of Environmental Masters Programs: Oversee the development and implementation of the VLS environmental law masters programs, including the LLM in Environmental Law, the Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and the planned Master of Energy Regulation and Law. This includes oversight of planning and coordination for the environmental law Summer Session.
- Distance Learning: Oversee VLSs growing environmental law distance learning program, which currently offers distance learning courses to 100 students from around the world pursuing the LLM in Environmental Law and Master of Environmental Law and Policy.
- Institute and Center Supervision: Oversee and coordinate the work of VLSs environmental institutes and centers, including the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, the Land Use Institute, and the Water and Justice Program.
- Co-supervision of Environmental Clinic: In collaboration with the Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs, oversee the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, which each year provides hands on litigation experience to approximately 30 students. Work closely with the Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Learning and the Director of the ENRLC in developing strategies to expand clinical opportunities for students and environmental law clinicians.
- Student Recruitment and Retention: In coordination with the Admissions Office and ELC staff, develop materials and processes that promote recruitment and retention of students, including promotional literature, website, and catalogues, and along with Office of Student Affairs and Diversity, oversight and support of environmental student organizations and activities.
- Internal and External Outreach: Represent the environmental programs interests in both internal and external endeavors, including coordinating the VLS Environmental Advisory Committee, serving as liaison between the program and other campus constituencies, interviews with the media, and participating in community events in which the ELC is represented. The Associate Dean will initiate and support fundraising and grant writing opportunities and initiatives with Office of Institutional Advancement staff.
- Teaching: The Associate Dean normally teaches two courses each year.
For further information, see: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/About_VLS/Employment_at_VLS/Associate_Dean_for_Environmental_Programs.htm
JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a JD degree and be qualified to teach in the environmental program. Must also possess excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, and team building/collaboration skills. Experience in administration and/or management preferred along with either broad experience in different areas of legal practice in the environmental arena or a record of education development as well as a demonstrated ability to innovate and lead.
Faculty at Vermont Law School take seriously our mission to educate lawyers for the community and the world, and believe that our scholarship, teaching, and service should be meaningful and relevant to the local, national, and international communities. VLS is unique among law schools. We are on the cutting edge of environmental and international law and social policy. We embody the spirit of Vermont -- independence and diversity in people and in politics. We have the good fortune to be located in a state and region that offer numerous opportunities for engaged participation in civic life as well as a lifestyle found at few other law schools.
Vermont Law School embraces diversity in its recruitment and hiring efforts. Accordingly, candidates of color, women, and those from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. VLS is committed to supporting our faculty through the various stages of their lives as we strive to be a model employer for those with family caregiving responsibilities.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume by October 1, 2012. Electronic applications are preferred and should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copy applications should be sent to:
Faculty Appointments Committee
Vermont Law School
P.O. Box 96
South Royalton, VT 05068