Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Portland, ME

Law School - PLAW


The University of Maine School of Law is seeking applicants for a full-time Dean of Students. The Dean of Students (DOS) provides leadership and strategic direction for a broad range of services and programs to enrich the overall experience of Law students and to support students’ academic, professional, and personal development. The DOS fosters a spirit of community within the Law School by creating, running, and supporting student programming, as well as supporting student governance. The Dean of Students must pay particular attention to creating an inclusive community that serves the needs of a diverse student population. The DOS office serves approximately 260 full-time students and dozens of flex-time students each year. The starting salary will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate including a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan. Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers a wellness program.


Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified candidate is hired.


About the University:

The University of Maine School of Law is the state’s public and only law school, a vital resource serving our local, regional, national, and global community. Maine Law is an institutional public servant committed to providing an accessible and affordable student-focused program of legal education and achieving the highest standards of ethical behavior. Our rigorous doctrinal and experiential curriculum, influential scholarship, and signature programming prepare students to practice law, promote respect for the rule of law, and advance justice for all members of society.




  • Experience with student program development and supervision.
  • Experience with, or high capacity to excel at, student advising.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with law or other graduate students.
  • Knowledge of and interest in recent changes in legal education and the legal profession, including the intersection of co-curricular programs and professional skills development.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including high emotional intelligence, ability to navigate conflict and difficult individuals, and ability to speak compellingly to large audiences.
  • Superior judgment, discretion, integrity and professionalism.
  • Capacity to collaborate with and support students, staff and faculty from highly diverse racial, ethnic, gender and sexual identity, religious, political and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to juggle multiple competing priorities.
  • Ability to navigate complex problems and offer strategic solutions.
  • Flexibility and commitment to periodically work long and/or irregular hours, especially in August, September and May.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, JD degree preferred. Other advanced degrees will be considered if in a related field such as higher education, law, counseling and/or management.
  • At least three years of progressively responsible management experience in student affairs or a related field at the undergraduate and/or professional or graduate school level, or equivalent management and program experience with a demonstrated commitment to higher education and student affairs.


Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via the "Apply For Position". You will need to create an applicant profile and complete an application which includes contact information for three references and upload:

  • a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
  • a resume/curriculum vitae


Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.


The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.


The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).