The primary responsibility of the Associate Dean for J.D. Admissions & Financial Aid ("ADA") is to formulate and execute a comprehensive plan to attract high-caliber students to the Law School. The ADA is also responsible for strategically distributing a $14 million financial aid budget and balancing the LSAT/GPA qualifications of the incoming class to meet the goals of the law school. The ideal candidate is an energetic professional who takes a data-informed approach to admissions and is enthusiastic about overseeing a critical part of the Law School's operations. The ADA reports directly to the Dean and serves as part of the Dean's leadership team. As an important member of the Law School administration, the Dean expects the ADA to provide input on matters falling formally outside of the admissions process.
The incoming ADA will need to quickly become familiar with the institutional details of W&M Law School and its student body. In addition the ADA will need to learn and remain current on industry best practices, standards, and trends in law school admissions and financial aid.
The ADA manages a staff of five professionals (inclusive of the incumbent). They assist the ADA with the many tasks that the admissions office must perform, including:
- Counseling prospective applicants, applicants, and admittees on the opportunities available at the Law School
- Organizing and attending recruiting events at the Law School, locally, regionally, and around the nation - the job entails significant time traveling
- Forging and maintaining relationships with pre-law advisors and other undergraduate professionals to keep them apprised of the Law School's strengths and the applicant profiles that the Law School is targeting
- Speaking in front of small and large audiences at receptions and similar events
- Reviewing application files and screening applicants for admission
- Making financial aid awards and overseeing the financial aid budget
- Working with the Law School's communications department on marketing materials, both print and on-line, and more generally working to raise the Law School's profile among the population of potential applicants
- Integrating current students and alumni into the process of generating applications and encouraging admittees to enroll at the Law School
- Overseeing the maintenance of databases and the preparation of reports for internal and external audiences