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Managing Director of the Dispute Resolution and Women, Leadership & Equality Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
$106,000 - $115,000 (Commensurate with education and experience)
Posted Date
May 31, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is seeking a Managing Director for the Dispute Resolution and Women, Leadership & Equality Programs. The Dispute Resolution Program is an area of concentration for law students and faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Each year students engage in the Dispute Resolution Program through the Dispute Resolution Track, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, Mediation Clinic, and other initiatives. The program sponsors conferences and symposia, workshops, and lectures for scholars, students, practitioners, and members of the community. Faculty affiliated with the programs conduct research on a wide range of topics related to dispute resolution, violence reduction, and restorative justice. The Dispute Resolution Program serves as the academic foundation of the law school’s Center for Dispute Resolution (C-DRUM). For more information about the Dispute Resolution Program and C-DRUM, see

The Women, Leadership & Equality Program (WLE) engages students in critical thinking about systemic gender bias facing women in the legal profession.  Its mission is to conduct research, to produce scholarship, and to equip young lawyers with knowledge about structural barriers to women advancing in the legal profession. The program includes a two-course sequence: a research seminar focusing on empirical studies on such barriers and an applied workshop in professional skills, including personal negotiation, communication, intersectionality, and strategic career planning. Students who are chosen for the workshop as Rose Zetzer Fellows may also enroll in an optional externship/practicum with state, local and national organizations dedicated to serving women in legal need and shaping policy. The WLE Program sponsors symposia and workshops. A key component of the program is engagement with Maryland Carey Law alumni.


Job Summary: 

This position reports to the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Program and the Faculty Director of the WLE Program. This position handles the academic administrative aspects of both programs, including management and supervision of externships, coordination and oversight of the Dispute Resolution Track and Zetzer Fellowship, and advising co-curricular activities such as the ADR Team and student chapters of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) and the Students Supporting the Women’s Law Center (SSWLC). The position manages the planning of conferences and events, drafts and produces newsletters and promotional materials, engages with alumni, and updates marketing and communications for the programs. The position coordinates with the directors on research and preparation of grant applications and other funding opportunities. The position involves extensive interaction with law students and collaboration with faculty and staff at the law school and at other schools on the UMB campus and within the University System of Maryland. The work requires the application of a high degree of technical skill, project management, and knowledge and independent judgment.

UMB is Ranked Among the 2022 Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes.

BENEFITS (Exempt Regular):

UMB offers a comprehensive benefits package that prioritizes wellness, work/life balance, and professional development. This position participates in a retirement program that must be selected and is effective on your date of hire. Exempt regular staff receive a generous paid leave package that includes over 4 weeks of vacation accrued each year, 15 paid holidays, 3 personal leave, unlimited accrual of sick time, and comprehensive health insurance; professional learning and development programs; tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any University System of Maryland school; and flexible work schedules and teleworking options (if applicable per job).


Primary Duties:

  • Advises students and manages administration of the Dispute Resolution Track and Zetzer Fellowship. Maintains close contact with students to assist them in preparing for and pursuing careers associated with the programs. 
  • Administers the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Zetzer Fellowship externship program and teaches or coordinates with the appropriate externship workshop. Manages Dispute Resolution and WLE Program events (conferences, symposia, speaker series, panel discussions, workshops, and graduation). Writes, edits, and oversees production of programmatic promotional materials, including newsletters, conference/event brochures, web pages and social media. Composes program correspondence and responses to requests for program information. Organizes the workflow related to administration of the Dispute Resolution Program and specific C-DRUM projects and allocates responsibilities to the C-DRUM staff and student assistants by matching their skills/abilities with the requirements of the job. Facilitates career development of students and graduates in collaboration with the Career Development Office.  Works closely with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to maintain databases of program alumni, strengthen relationships with graduates of the programs, and identify opportunities for alumni engagement and philanthropic support. Serves as a liaison with student organizations and co-curriculars, including the ADR Team and the student chapters of the WBA and the SSWLC. Acts as an intermediary for the faculty directors of the Dispute Resolution Program and the WLE Program by interacting with government, judiciary, and university officials, faculty and staff, and members of the public.  Oversees accounting of program funds for the Center for Dispute Resolution and the WLE Program, in consultation with the faculty directors.  Actively recruits students for the programs. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association approved law school.
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience in professional administrative and/or program/practice management required. Background in dispute resolution and experience in legal practice (law firm, government agency, or legal nonprofit) preferred.
  • Other: Clery act designated job as campus security authorities (CSA) member and will comply with Clery Act requirements.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced working knowledge of the legal system and fundamental legal principles.  Ability to handle multiple ongoing tasks that require daily or weekly updating and attention, including time and task management, establishment of deadlines, and prioritization of responsibilities. Excellent strategic and analytical thinking skills with an ability to both independently and collaboratively solve problems and make decisions. Ability to establish goals, structures, and processes necessary to implement a mission and strategic vision. Leadership, coaching, teambuilding, and interpersonal skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships with coworkers, students, alumni, and members of the public. Strong counseling and academic advising skills. Ability to network and interact, as well as support effective partnerships with key groups and individuals. Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects as well as conduct research and information gathering. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications, presentation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to create and manage a budget. High level of competency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly PowerPoint, excel, and word documents. 


Hiring Range: $106,000 - $115,000 (Commensurate with education and experience)

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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