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Director of Admissions, Alexander Blewett III School of Law

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The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana invites applications for the Director of Admissions position . This is a professional, administrative position which requires independent decision making, strategic planning, policy change proposals, and measurable goals. It is a full-time position which requires travel and occasionally evening and/or weekend hours. The primary components of the position are:

Policy making. The Director of Admissions advises both the Dean and the faculty Admissions Committee on admissions policy, based on the ABA, AALS and LSAC standards, regulations and policies and any changes therein, as well as observations and data reported from previous admissions cycles and ideas obtained by attending national conferences and networking with law school professionals.

Recruiting. The Director of Admissions is the law school’s primary recruiting ambassador and is responsible for enhancing the quantity and quality of the applicant pool. This requires ongoing research and the development of new recruitment strategies based on objective, historical data and the most recent industry innovations. The Director of Admissions is ultimately responsible for:

  1. creating, reviewing, updating, and disseminating admissions publications and marketing pieces, including website material, to prospective students, undergraduate programs, and prelaw advisors;
  2. planning, creating and sustaining pipeline programs, particularly for minority student recruitment;
  3. travelling extensively during the week, weekends, and evenings in order to represent the law school at conferences, recruiting events, fairs and campus visits nationwide;
  4. planning and executing on/off campus recruiting events such as Open Houses, Admitted Students’ Day, and individual campus visits; and
  5. collaborating and coordinating directly with faculty, students and Student Ambassadors on recruiting activities.

Advising prospective students. The Director of Admissions advises and counsels prospective law school applicants regarding the application requirements and procedure, the programs and advantages the Alexander Blewett III School of Law has to offer, and general career path choices.

Applicant file review and decision making. The Director of Admissions makes decisions related to law school applicants as delegated by the faculty admissions committee, including: 1) determination of the residency status of each applicant based upon guidelines established by the Montana Board of Regents; 2) review of applications with index numbers above or below values established by the Admissions Committee and make decisions to admit, deny, or refer to the committee, with committee approval; and 3) determination of potential scholarship recipients and award of scholarships to worthy applicants to encourage matriculation.

Administrative support. The Director of Admissions provides administrative support for the faculty Admissions Committee to assist in the admissions decision process to insure the timely review of applications, offers of admission, and follow-up communication, including assigning applications to committee members in an equal and random process and organizing committee recommendations and assisting the chairperson with committee meetings.

Data and file management. The Director of Admissions manages applicant files through LSAC’s web-based electronic file system, Unite, and manages admitted student files through UM’s Banner system.

New enrollment activities. The Director of Admissions provides guidance to newly admitted students to help them prepare for law school matriculation. The Director of Admissions also plays an important role in organizing and executing the Introductory Program and any orientation necessary for visiting and transfer students.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $50,000-$65,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school or, in the alternative, a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with experience in law school admissions.
  • Proficient with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and coordinate student recruitment events.
  • Knowledge of legal education.
  • Creative ability to develop programs to increase applicants and yield rates.
  • Ability to travel extensively, including some evening and weekend work.
  • Ability to work well with a diverse population of prospective students.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of LSAC Unite law school admissions software.
  • Administrative experience in graduate professional or legal education.
  • Understanding of higher education recruitment and enrollment trends and best practices at the graduate professional school level.
  • Experience working with the legal community in Montana.
  • Experience in marketing higher education.

About UM and the Alexander Blewett II School of Law

UM provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally. Located at the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, UM attracts first rate teachers, researchers, and students from around the world. A city within a city – with its own eateries, stores, medical facilities, banking and postal services, and zip code – UM has an increasingly diverse population and rich culture.

The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana prepares students for the people-oriented practice of law by integrating theory and practice in a competency-based curriculum; serves as the academic legal center in Montana; and contributes to the development of national, state, and tribal law and legal institutions through teaching, scholarship, and service.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. E mployment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

How to Apply

Open Until Filled. Application review has begun, but applications are still being accepted.

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button. Please do not apply through*.
  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
* Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application. Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

** Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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