Chief of Staff - School of Law

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
School Of Law
School of Law
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Executive Leadership
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Emory Law has several major projects in the coming years and seeks a Director of Programs to act as Chief of Staff and Advisor to its senior leadership team.  Reporting to the dean of the school of law, the position ensures Emory Law is making progress towards implementing and meeting its strategic plan, preparing for its next American Bar Association (ABA) accreditation visit, and senior leadership transitions.  The position provides timelines and accountability to the senior leadership team as they balance short-, mid-, and long-term goals.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a confidant and advisor to the Dean, acting as a sounding board for ideas,
  • Works at the Dean’s direction to gather materials and to develop responses relating to sensitive and confidential student, faculty, and other matters,
  • Meets or communicates with the Dean (personally, or by electronic means) on at least a daily basis to review priority issues for the Dean's attention and to brief the Dean on key calendar items,
  • Readily accessible to the Dean via text, phone, and email and able to respond on short notice,
  • Assists the Dean by drafting correspondence for review and finalization, to include copy-editing, as needed.
  • Works with the Dean's direct reports to identify and resolve obstacles to the prompt resolution of major issues and decisions of direct interest to the Dean,
  • In the absence of the Dean, communicates regularly with Dean’s direct reports to ensure deliverables meet qualitative and substantive expectations and are in accordance to established timelines,
  • Prepares and/or contributes to the preparation of reports, funding proposals, correspondence, presentations, speeches, and articles needed to support the Dean based on direct understanding of the views and interests of the Dean,
  • Works directly with the Advancement team to guarantee strategic and efficient scheduling of the Dean's time,
  • Collaborates to ensure that the Dean has all materials necessary to support scheduled activities, inclusive of agendas, briefing documents, talking points, preparation of presentations, etc.,
  • Assists the Dean in ensuring that meetings and events are efficient via their planning and preparation, conduct, and follow-up, which is inclusive of the finalization of meeting minutes (e.g., faculty meeting minutes),
  • Represents and/or accompanies the Dean as requested at school, university, and local corporate/community engagements,
  • Supervises staff supporting programmatic operations which currently includes a program coordinator for the dean’s office (who supports some faculty members) as well as two events managers. By the conclusion of the 2024-2025 academic year, the school intends to shift oversight of additional program coordinators and administrative assistants to the Chief of Staff.
  • May directly supervise additional administrative assistants and program coordinators depending on institutional needs,
  • Convenes ad hoc committees and special project teams to move targeted strategic initiatives forward; chairs committees as appropriate,
  • Coordinates efforts on ABA accreditation including oversight of informational audits working in conjunction with the appropriate faculty representatives (e.g., Faculty Chair of ABA Site Visit Prep Committee)
  • Oversees the operations and coordinates logistics for the Deans' Office and Dean's Conference room, and other specific spaces,
  • Has direct responsibility for Dean's Office Operating Budget,
  • Serves as the liaison to key University Offices including the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, University Secretary, and other Deans, and
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to program work and
  • seven years of related experience which includes two years at a management level.

An equivalent combination of experience, education, and training may be considered.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or Juris Doctor
  • Seven years of progressively responsible experience in higher education or other complex organization.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to Emory Law’s principles and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Excellent project management, analytical and research skills.
  • Strong oral, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to independently initiate and manage complex projects and to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and re-prioritize as necessary.


To Apply:

  • Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled with a first review on June 16, 2024.  
  • Cover Letter
    • We acknowledge that it takes time to complete a cover letter. We use the cover letter in our hiring process to evaluate communication skills. 
    • While a cover letter is not required to apply, providing a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications as well as why you are interested in working at Emory Law will enable us to assess your qualifications and suitability more efficiently and effectively for this position.

More About Emory Law:

Emory Law is a national and global leader in legal education that welcomes and supports a diverse law school community, produces path-breaking and influential scholarship, and offers exceptional teaching and practical learning opportunities that enable our alumni to become respected professionals and leaders in a rapidly changing world. Together, our community is working to secure a more fair and just society by advancing the rule of law.  Our innovative strategic plan seeks to fuel the ambitions and success of the students, staff and faculty who are drawn to join the Emory Law community.  We need people like you to join us so that our vision becomes reality.


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

Emory Supports a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.


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