Founded in 1911, Santa Clara University School of Law sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the crossroads of the world’s most dynamic center for the study of law, technology, business, and society. We are seeking an innovative and ambitious leader to serve as our next Dean. We seek to hire an individual who will lead our faculty, students, and staff in their collective effort to impact the wider world in a manner consistent with the longstanding mission of Santa Clara University.
Our mission is deeply informed by the Jesuit tradition embraced by the University and the Law School. Our goal is to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion who will contribute to a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Concretely, we aim to train students and aid the research and teaching of our faculty in their effort to engage with the issues, concerns, and problems that Silicon Valley, and the wider community in which it sits, must deal with in the coming decades.
The agenda is large and complex and thus we seek an intellectually curious, thoughtful, and compassionate individual who can help us knit together a cohesive culture in a constantly changing, often disruptive, environment. The successful candidate will be a creative, forward-looking person who can manage a complex institution, raise funds, and see opportunity in the challenges presently facing legal education. The next Dean of the Law School must be poised especially to confront the unique challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Dean of the School of Law is responsible for the leadership and management of the School’s faculty, students, and staff. This includes overseeing development of the School’s curriculum and programs, cultivating resources to fund the School’s mission, and managing its finances. As a member of the University’s senior administrative team, the Dean serves as a member of both Santa Clara’s Council of Deans and its Planning Action Council, and reports directly to the University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The successful candidate for the Dean of the School of Law will demonstrate:
A record of professional accomplishments (in an academic setting or otherwise) appropriate for the position of Dean.
The capacity to envision a future for the School that aspires to excellence and enables the School to adapt to ongoing changes in the legal profession.
A creative spirit that will generate and allocate resources in ways that realize the goals and priorities of the School and the University.
An understanding of the current challenges facing law schools, and a willingness to critically assess the institution and to recommend and implement needed changes.
The ability to build on the School’s existing strengths, and to continue articulating those strengths to local, national, and international audiences.
A sense of humility, a capacity to listen, and a commitment to leading in a candid and transparent way that engenders trust and inspires others to further the School’s mission.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the School’s mission.
A commitment to outstanding professional education as integral to the Jesuit vision of developing leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a leading Jesuit, Catholic institution that has grown substantially over the past decade. It is increasingly recognized as one of the most successful private, nonprofit educational institutions in the West. Founded in 1851, the University is California’s oldest institution of higher learning. It occupies a 104-acre campus of handsome, mission-style buildings, palm trees, beautiful gardens, and broad lawns. It is located in Silicon Valley, the most technologically innovative, economically dynamic, and culturally diverse place on Earth. Only minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the school is situated in a thriving metropolitan area of more than 7 million people—an area comprising San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland, and only two hours from the state capital of Sacramento.