Associate Director Position
AALS is seeking an experienced tenure-track member of the faculty (or emeritus faculty member) at an AALS member school to serve as Associate Director beginning in summer 2013, when Professor Linda Jellum will return to her faculty at Mercer University School of Law. Linda has brought an important and highly valued perspective to the work of AALS.
The critical qualities for the Associate Director role are thoughtfulness, good judgment, collegiality, appreciation of excellence in teaching and in scholarship, and a dedication to sustained and careful work. Administrative experience is helpful, but can be gained from significant committee service as well as from administrative roles such as the associate deanship. The Associate Director should have the flexibility and judgment to deal with unexpected problems and to act creatively to solve problems.
The Associate Director will staff some of the Association’s committees and will handle special projects that are aimed at improving the services of the AALS. The Associate Director will work as a part of a staff of about 15 people, only two of whom have served as faculty, and with hundreds of faculty volunteers.
Some travel is required in the Associate Director role. Essential travel includes approximately a week at the annual meeting in early January and one Executive Committee meeting held out of Washington, D.C., in July. Required travel is scheduled with long lead time but not with dates under the Associate Director’s control. Other travel could occur, but the preferences of the Associate Director about travel will be considered. In addition, December is a highly unusual and unreasonably demanding month because of the final preparations for the Annual Meeting. Depending on an individual’s circumstances, the service would be for one, two, or three years, although a longer term would be considered if that were desired by a strong candidate.
Interested faculty should write to Susan Prager, AALS Executive Director, via letter or email (email@example.com) describing your interest in the role and the qualities you would bring to it, together with a biographical statement and a list of at least two references with the knowledge to assess your qualities for the Associate Director role.
Recommendations of colleagues whom you believe would be excellent Associate Directors would be very much appreciated as well. These can be sent as informal messages.
1-2 undergraduate or graduate students needed to work approximately 20 – 25 hours per week providing general administrative and office help for downtown higher education association. The ideal candidate will be detailed oriented, self-motivated, reliable, a great writer and willing to roll up his/her sleeves to help with any project or task assigned. Position requires significant use of Microsoft Office and will involve heavy data entry. Candidates must be able to work 2-3 full days per week during normal business hours, Monday – Friday. Compensation is $12/hour. E-mail resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include schedule of availability for consideration.