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Assistant Director of Admissions

School of Law

Assistant Director of Admissions

  • 518307
  • Morningside
  • School of Law
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Sep 27 2022
  • Grade 12
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

Reports directly to the Dean of Admissions for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Office of Admissions, one of the most highly selective law school admissions programs in the country, and works closely with colleagues throughout law school administration.


  • Produce 10 to 12 on-campus Information Sessions and manages class visitation by prospective applicants.  Oversee the logistics of all information sessions and class visitation processes.  Oversee recruitment outreach activities related to information sessions held at Columbia, including related mailings, scheduling, student guide selection and training. Working with other officers to develop and implement mechanism for collection, storage, and utilization of data (25%)
  • Shared responsibility for reading, evaluating and rendering decisions on approximately 6,000 admission applications annually. Conducts substantial portion of interviews of applicants to J.D. Program. 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. Management and implementation of process for collecting required documents from deposited populations, such as transcripts and dean’s certifications. Primarily for tracking documentation of international applicants and serving as liaison between ISSO and the Office of Admissions (25%)
  • Collaboratively works with senior admissions officers in developing and implementing a strategic plan for communicating with and tracking mailings to admitted students. This includes creating materials and publications for prospective students, as necessary. (10%)
  • Oversee the tracking, and handling of travel and lodging logistics related to student recruitment, in particular, management of and reimbursements for all travel related expenses of admitted students; (5%)
  • As a member of the development and strategy team, plans events for admitted student outreach functions and receptions, and meets with admitted students, including arranging meetings with current students, faculty and administrators, as necessary; (15%)
  • Attends national law fairs and forums. (10%)
  • Coordinates process for direct fee waiver requests from prospective applicant pool. (5%)
  • Responsible for planning engagement activities with current student body, such as lunches or happy hour events (3%)
  • Works with Dean of Admissions on research and analytical assignments, as well as undertakes special projects and responsibilities as assigned by Dean of Admissions. (2%)

  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree required, plus 3-5 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.
    • Must be able to work with diverse constituencies and support an inclusive work environment.

    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.

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