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Associate Director of Admissions

Columbia University
New York City, NY
Closing date
Nov 24, 2023

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Position Type
Associate Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: $80,000 - $110,000
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Position Summary

Reports directly to the Director of Admissions for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, and works with the Director and Dean of Admissions to develop and implement marketing strategies and other goals with aim of successfully recruiting impressive students from a highly selective pool of applicants worldwide.

Primary responsibility for all aspects of yield management: the formulation of strategy and the implementation of programs designed to maximize the Law School's ability to enroll the most highly qualified law students from across the United States and around the world. Includes the planning and management of all outreach initiatives to faculty and prospective applicants, student/alumni ambassador program, on-campus open houses, alumni/ae events, use of approved social media, webinars, and pertinent mailings. Development of analytical tools and strategies for tracking progress of class selection and applicants. Create strategic plan and messaging, which includes data analysis and trend reports, for building connections with admitted students to boost post-admission recruiting effectiveness. (35%) Related tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Planning, implementing, and overseeing at least 4 major open houses in-person, on-campus and/or virtually for admitted students;
  • Planning, implementing, and overseeing off-campus and/or virtual events for admitted students
  • Shared responsibility for meeting with admitted students, including arranging meetings with current students, faculty and administrators, as necessary;
  • Primary responsibility for managing student ambassador program and other yield-related ambassador programs;
  • Working with student groups in connection with admitted student yield-related events
  • Developing and maintaining school-wide relationships with faculty and administrators in order to facilitate programming of yield-related events;
  • Tracking progress of admitted class (pre- and post-deposit) through the use of data reports and related sources, in addition to developing analytical tools for yield projection and related information; and
  • Using national law school applicant database system, primarily for generating and analyzing confidential reports;
Serves as liaison to Student Services Housing arm regarding post-deposit housing matters. Member of the Law School's Selection Committee: Shared responsibility for reading, evaluating, Zoom interviewing, and rendering decisions on approximately 8,000 admission applications annually. Shares lead responsibility for administering the Transfer and Visiting programs, as well as Early Decision Plan along with Dean and Director of Admissions. Shares responsibility for fall recruitment travel to national Law School admission forums, and campus-based law fairs across the country. Responsible for developing and/or updating yield-related materials for admitted students, including admitted student handbook and weekly newsletter to admitted students. Shared responsibility for continued development of admissions publications, both print and internet-based. Participates in selection of several competitive scholarship programs, both externally and internally funded. Interacts with prospective and current applicants who visit, call, or correspond with the Office of Admissions. Must have a strong understanding of the Law School admissions process, as well as internal and external policies governing academic administration. With the Dean of Admissions, represents Columbia Law School in the affairs of the national Law School Admission Council, the principal professional organization for Law School Admission professionals. Undertakes special projects and responsibilities as needed by the Dean of Admissions.
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.
  • Driver License and evening and weekend work required.
  • Mustbeabletoworkwithdiverseconstituenciesandsupportaninclusiveworkenvironment.
Necessary Competencies:
  • Strategic Thinking - Keeps the Law School'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 Law School'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.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

Commitment to Diversity

Columbia University is dedicated to increasing diversity in its workforce, its student body, and its educational programs. Achieving continued academic excellence and creating a vibrant university community require nothing less. In fulfilling its mission to advance diversity at the University, Columbia seeks to hire, retain, and promote exceptionally talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.

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