Associate Director of Admissions, Diversity and Inclusion
November 15, 2017
New York, New York
Advertised Summary Job Description: Reports directly to the Dean of Admissions, one of the most highly selective law school admissions programs in the country, and works closely with colleagues throughout law school administration. 1. Serve the needs and manage the experience of admitted students with the aim of increasing yield. Developing methods to research, analyze, and create reports on data and enrollment patterns of admitted applicants, including through surveys, focus groups, and LSAC (and Columbia) database reports; Develop metrics for determining utility and/or success of processes or events; Event planning; Managing involvement of current students in yield events, including selection, attendance, training, outreach through electronic and paper mail to admitted students; Shared responsibility for developing and implementing strategy to increase yield through publications, mailings, events, and focus groups; Creating and implementing strategic plan to connect members of community, i.e., students, administrators, and faculty with admitted students through the use of email, telephone calls, conferences, and webinars; Co-directing and augmenting existing student ambassador program along with other affairs of current student liaison events; Developing, maintaining, and managing plan for visits of admitted students to our campus, including arranging meetings with students, faculty, and administrators, as well as devising a systematic follow-up strategy. This duty also extends to primary responsibility for care of admitted students during visits campus; and Creation of strategic plan and messaging for building connections with admitted students in order to boost post-admission recruiting effectiveness. 2. Primary responsibility for targeted and other outreach to underrepresented minority prospects, students of color, and various multicultural, ethnic, and identity groups. Writing campaign via mail and email to various schools, student groups, and other pertinent populations; Management of events directed at multicultural populations during admitted student program; Fostering, maintaining, and enhancing relationships with various identity groups at the Law School 3. Primary responsibility to manage the transition of all admitted students to matriculant status?transfers and incoming 1Ls?after the designated deposit period. Serving as the designated contact within the Office of Admissions to assisting regular and transfer depositors with regard to housing, LawNet, financial aid, computer-based-training, immunizations, registration, EIP, and any other matters of importance and concern to such pre-matriculants; Working with the relevant offices to determine process for orienting respective categories of pre-matriculants in order to advise and assist such populations; Developing summary plan for orientation/transition process; 4. Attends national law fairs and forums. 5. Interacts with prospective and actual applicants who visit, call, or correspond with the Office of Admissions. 6. Shared responsibility for reading, evaluating, interviewing, and rendering decisions on approximately 6,000 admission applications annually. 7. Primary responsibility for managing all aspects of the joint J.D./M.B.A. programs, including marketing, tracking, recruiting, and coordinating process with Business School. 8. Serve as liaison with LSAC and other law schools for decision/deposit overlap processes. 9. Uses national law school applicant database system, primarily for generating and analyzing confidential reports. 10. Fosters, maintains, and enhances relationships with various departments and faculty and develops program that connects Office to the various departments and faculty at the Law School and University 11. Member of strategic planning team and undertakes special projects and responsibilities as assigned by Dean of Admissions.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required, plus 4-6 years of relevant professional experience. Several years' experience in a professional environment characterized by complex demands, large workloads, deadline pressures and high client/student expectations, preferably in (but not limited to) admissions or student affairs. Computer literacy in spreadsheets and database software. Ability to work with culturally diverse constituencies. Must have a strong understanding of the Law School admissions process, as well as internal and external policies governing academic administration. Driver License, evening and weekend work required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Necessary Competencies:
Strategic Thinking ? Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions. Change Adaptability ? Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Communication and Networking ? Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group. Drive for Results ? Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time. Self Development and Motivating Others ? Self-motivated and detail-oriented. Works independently, as well as collaboratively. Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices). Has strong commitment to professional development. Collective skills ? Excellent written, oral communication, presentation, as well as interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and multi-task projects in demanding work environment. Exercises sound judgment, discretion and tact in a highly confidential professional setting.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_165784
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