VERMONT LAW SCHOOL (“VLS”) is one of the nation’s most innovative law and policy graduate schools. The school’s environmental law program is nationally renowned for its excellence and has been top-ranked during the 24 years in which rankings have been reported. The next President and Dean will lead the institution in its efforts to implement a new, graduate-level law and policy education model. VLS seeks a President and Dean with strong financial management and fundraising experience, and the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to advance three aspects of our mission: 1) to educate students in a diverse community that fosters personal growth; 2) to provide students with outstanding professional skills; and 3) to prepare students to work as highly ethical lawyers and other professionals in an increasingly technological and interdependent global society.
The President and Dean will have a J.D. degree and report to the Board of Trustees. The President and Dean will work closely with faculty, staff, alumni, and students and will serve as the chief fiscal, academic, and administrative officer for the school. The President and Dean will closely manage institutional resources, aggressively fundraise, and collaboratively implement the school’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, which builds on the institution’s historic strengths and responds to the challenges facing legal education. VLS has 51 full-time and part-time faculty members, who teach 375 J.D. students and nearly 200 residential and online master’s students, and has a committed staff of 80. More than 95 percent of the student body is drawn from outside the state of Vermont and from 20 foreign nations. Today, 35 percent of VLS J.D. and master’s students are members of racial or ethnic minorities, and female students account for 61.7 percent of the student body. VLS is a private, independent law school located in Vermont’s Green Mountains. The campus occupies 13 acres in the picturesque village of South Royalton. As Vermont’s only law school, VLS is a major resource for the state’s legal community and state government. VLS has appointed a nine-member search committee, which will recommend finalists for this position to the VLS Board of Trustees. The Board anticipates selecting the President and Dean in early 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017.
The committee has retained the national executive search firm, Ford Webb Associates, to assist with this critical recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications, including cover letters and Curriculum Vitae, should be directed in strict confidence to Ted Ford Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu/dean-search. Vermont Law School is an equal opportunity employer that prohibits discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran’s status. All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates who will add to the diversity of VLS, including racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation diversity, are particularly encouraged to apply.