President and Dean, Vermont Law School
VLS will consider candidates from a variety of backgrounds, including legal education, private sector business, nonprofit or government leadership and private practice. The position calls for vision, good judgment, proven intellectual leadership skills, enthusiasm for fundraising, demonstrated financial and staff management experience, and the interpersonal ability to lead within a culture of shared governance.
The ideal candidate will bring most or all of the following professional experiences and personal qualities:
- A JD degree.
- A distinguished record of accomplishment in his or her career, whether in law, higher education, government, the private sector, or non-profit organizations.
- A proven record of leading and implementing change, coupled with an understanding that legal education must evolve quickly and thoughtfully.
- Proven experience in team-building. The ability to motivate, set clear priorities and delegate appropriately.
- Experience raising private and government funds and a willingness to engage actively in resource development. Ability to attract new supporters while maintaining strong relationships with existing donors.
- Substantial experience in the development and management of an organization's budget in a collaborative manner with the Board of Trustees, senior management, the faculty and the staff.
- An appreciation for excellence and the ability to support and retain a superb faculty and staff.
- An ability and desire to connect with students.
- Experience working closely and successfully with a governing board.
- Strong public presentation and communication skills. A willingness to circulate widely and promote the purposes and activities of Vermont Law School to a range of audiences.
- A deep understanding of legal education and the challenges it faces.
- An ability and desire to connect with alumni, to work with an active and engaged alumni board, and to interact regularly and meaningfully with that board on an advisory basis.
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity in every respect and a personal understanding of the issues that surround it, along with an appreciation that diversity is essential to a robust community of teachers, learners, and thinkers.
- Self-confidence, high energy, diplomacy, and optimism.