Brooklyn Law School — Dean and President

Brooklyn Law School seeks a new Dean and President, with a target appointment date of July 1, 2023. Founded in 1901 as a freestanding law school, BLS is an incubator for the bar, bench, and civic and commercial leadership across New York City, the metropolitan area, and the nation. The new Dean and President will lead a nimble institution with a faculty noted for its collegiality, scholarly impact, and the quality of its doctrinal and experiential teaching. BLS’s 100 staff members play an integral role in realizing its mission. BLS is the destination of choice for a richly diverse student population, enrolling 1,079 full-time and 105 part-time students. The incoming first-year class is the most racially diverse in BLS’s history. Many of BLS’s 23,000 alumni play important roles in New York City; others reside and work in 49 states and 50 foreign countries.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the new Dean and President will provide fresh vision in initiating comprehensive strategic planning; grow the faculty by attracting scholars and teachers of distinction and promise; oversee the roll-out of non-JD programs now up for regulatory approval; leverage a newly expanded and restructured advancement staff to increase annual fundraising and plan and execute a capital campaign; recruit and appoint a new chief operating officer to upgrade administrative infrastructure; and guide and amplify ongoing efforts to improve bar passage, enhance the student experience and related outcomes, and promote staff wellbeing and alumni engagement.

Qualifications. BLS seeks as its new Dean and President a prominent leader in the legal academy. Candidates must possess a JD, at least seven years of experience in the teaching of law, and the readiness to succeed not only as a law school dean but as president of an independent institution with a prime location in the nation’s top market for legal services.

Candidates must meet BLS’s criteria for tenure at the full professor rank and embrace its commitment to scholarly excellence, a practice orientation, and an access mission. Fluency in budgeting and finance and transferable administrative experience are essential.  Candidates should demonstrate the ability to grow BLS’s institutional

excellence, facilitate program innovation, and build BLS’s capacity to serve a diverse student population while pursuing further faculty and staff diversification. Candidates should have fundraising aptitude and ideas for cultivating high student and alumni institutional affinity.

Search committee review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment, with an initial ranking of the pool to be determined on October 24. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this appointment. Named references will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. BLS encourages applications from candidates whose leadership and personal experience will enrich the diversity of faculty and staff.

Expressions of interest, applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to BLS’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at chuck@cvoboyle.com.

It is the policy of Brooklyn Law School not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state, or local law. It is also the policy of Brooklyn Law School to take affirmative action to employ, and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status, and to base all employment decisions on legitimate job requirements.

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