Dean, School of Law

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law has been at the forefront of providing access to the legal profession for diverse and historically underrepresented communities for over a century. Situated in the heart of the Financial District in downtown San Francisco, the School of Law offers an unparalleled education through its renowned tax, intellectual property, criminal law, and clinical programs. The School of Law seeks a strategic and visionary Dean to lead GGU into the future with its newly established hybrid-J.D. program, its continuing ties to the Silicon Valley tech industry through the McCarthy Institute, and the School’s demonstrated and ongoing commitment to diversity, racial and economic equality, and social justice.

GGU Law offers full-time day and part-time evening programs leading to a J.D., as well as a doctorate in International Legal Studies and LL.M. degrees in seven legal specializations. We offer the only LL.Ms in Estate Planning and Trust and Probate Law in the western United States. GGU’s Tax Law LL.M program was ranked by the National Jurist in the top ten in the country. GGU is also the home of the prestigious McCarthy Institute for trademark law and branding, the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic, the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, and the Veterans Legal Advocacy Center. The National Jurist recently ranked GGU as the best provider of practical skills training among Northern California law schools. Legal education at GGU Law is greatly enriched by the diverse backgrounds and experiences brought to the program by our students: 62% of our students come from racially diverse backgrounds, 64% are women, 11% identify as LGBTQIA, and 48% are first-generation college or law school students.

The successful candidate for this role should be an experienced and collaborative leader who will inherit a highly engaged faculty, dedicated staff, a diverse student body, a supportive university administration and a loyal alumni base. With these resources, an ideal candidate will have an opportunity to grow our fundraising and alumni engagement; to foster a diverse and inclusive campus environment; to advance the reputation of the school locally, regionally, and nationally; and to guide strategic planning that identifies and strengthens GGU’s distinct qualities that differentiate the school in the legal market. Candidates must hold a J.D. from an ABA-accredited institution and be the author of scholarly work that merits appointment as a full professor of law with tenure.

Ideal candidates will also have experience in leading, engaging, and inspiring a culturally and racially diverse student body, faculty, staff or community organization, be ready to engage with a community that values teaching, scholarship, and service, have an understanding of the San Francisco/Bay Area culture and legal market, and be willing to participate in thoughtful dialogue with the campus community and stakeholders. The successful candidate will also have effective relational and consensus-building skills, high emotional intelligence, and energy and enthusiasm.

Closing Date: 1st October, 2020
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