Student Advocates are the only on campus entity that represents students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) against University academic or behavioral charges. Clients face potential sanctions of failing courses, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.
Supervisory Responsibilities: • Recruit, retain and develop student advocates (University law students) • Provide guidance, support and training for a team of 2-4 part-time student advocates • Familiarize advocates with conduct processes, procedures and precedents • Introduce team members to the University offices responsible for conduct process • Identify development opportunities (workshops, conferences or peer visits) • Provide performance feedback to the advocates
Administrative Duties: • Able to inspire and manage an independent and self-directed team • Manage the office’s daily operational expenses • Prepare the office’s budget for an annual fee request process • Represent student’s issues on various committees related to conduct • Collaborate with the Office of Student Conduct, Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, the Student Conflict Resolution Center and the Office of Student Affairs on individual and institutional conduct issues • Manage the team’s client and hearing schedules • Schedule and manage regular staff meetings • Establish and maintain confidential case files • Maintain case numbers for budgetary and administrative purposes
Client Advocacy Responsibilities: • Interest in balancing students’ due process rights and student development outcomes • Ability to meet with accused to conduct intake and provide guidance • Capacity to consult regularly with advocates and ombudspeople to develop case strategies • Experience consulting with parties and negotiating resolutions • Expertise with formal fact-finding process, including interviewing witnesses and analyzing data • Research experience and understand of University policy • Ability to formulate and present opening statements, cross examinations and closing statements for hearings • Past experience filing written appeals on behalf of accused students • Proven ability to maintain a positive relationship with University staff, faculty, and students • Understanding of the University’s reporting structure and ability to work in tandem with the Student Conflict Resolution staff • Creative problem solver – overcome obstacles, especially in negotiating resolutions • Strong presentation and negotiation skills
This is a part-time, 50% (20 hours/week), 12 month appointment.
Minimum Qualifications: • BA/BS degree plus at least four years of related experience. • Knowledge of Title IX issues. • Strong communication and oral presentation skills. • Ability to adapt advocacy skills to an administrative process. • Experience working with student conduct process in higher education.
Preferred Qualifications: • Advanced Degree • Understanding of the University of Minnesota’s student conduct code and conduct processes • Title IX knowledge and experience • Client intake and management experience • Experience researching and presenting positions on developing laws, legal precedent and impending legislation
Due to issues related to conflict of interest, individuals with law degrees cannot be considered for this position.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.