Director for the Reuben Mark Initiative and the J.D./MBA Programs Reuben Mark Initiative and the Off

Columbia Law School
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Full Time

Director for the Reuben Mark Initiative and the J.D./MBA Programs

Reuben Mark Initiative and the Office of Admissions

Columbia Law School


Reporting to, and working closely with, the Faculty Director for the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership and the Associate Dean of Admissions, the Director will be responsible for strategic development, planning, execution, and administrative oversight of both the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership and the J.D./MBA Programs. This is a two-year position and may be renewed based on funding availability.



The Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership


Reporting to the Faculty Director for the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership (the “Initiative”), the incumbent will:


  1. Collaborate with counterparts in the Columbia Business School to plan and execute joint programming on exemplary leadership and the principles of organizational culture, including the skills and ethics of in-house counsel leadership, and on the unique working partnership between C-Suite executives and In-House Counsel. Programming will bring together students, faculty, alumni, sophisticated industry executives, and the greater Columbia community.
  2. Working with the Faculty Director, develop long- and short-term goals for the Initiative and content creation strategies for panels, workshops, conferences, case studies/competitions, and professional working groups, including the Roundtable Working Group with the Business School and the Law Firm General Counsels Working Group.
  3. In consultation with the Faculty Director, help identify candidates for Leader-in-Residence Program and manage all facets of the residency.
  4. Draft memoranda and other materials in connection with Initiative programming, drawing on knowledge of current topics in law, workplace culture, organizational leadership, and in-house legal issues.
  5. Coordinate with administrative offices, faculty, and student organizations at the Law School on co-sponsored events.
  6. Work closely with the Faculty Director and the Law School’s Alumni and Development Office to develop and implement fundraising strategies, including the preparation of financial statements and budget forecasts for fundraising presentations to donors as well as assisting in the drafting of gift agreements.
  7. In coordination with the Law School’s Communications Office, oversee the implementation of a communications strategy to promote the Initiative’s goals and brand and to maintain and create communications and media content, including website, videos, and social media.
  8. Oversee the Initiative’s budget, including the preparation of annual reports, conference reports, budget reviews, and future budget planning.
  9. Oversee the work of a shared coordinator and select vendors.
  10. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Faculty Director or the Dean of the Law School.


The J.D./MBA Programs


Reporting to the Associate Dean of Admissions, the incumbent will:


  1. Develop and execute a recruitment strategy and campaign for the J.D./MBA Programs (the “Programs”), working with partners at Columbia Business School and, as necessary, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy. This will include developing appropriate recruitment activities—not limited to attending sessions in various markets and hosting information sessions on campus and online, developing a sophisticated marketing plan, and implementing a more sustainable and robust student experience.
  2. Develop a nuanced understanding of systems, policies, and practices at the Law School and Business School in order to build structures, systems, and policies that are specific to students enrolled in the Programs.
  3. Periodically review, revise, and update the Programs’ website to reflect unified Programs, as well as to create a seamless, integrated experience for prospective applicants and students in the Programs.
  4. Work closely with the Deans of registration services at the Law School and Business School and the relevant IT offices to develop and implement a system that, among other things, promotes a seamless registration process.
  5. Utilizing the Law School and Business School databases, evaluate candidates to the Programs, including reviewing applications and interviewing prospective students.
  6. Develop and implement a unified approach to managing the admissions process for the Programs, working closely with J.D. and MBA admissions and financial aid counselors and advisors. This will include annually reviewing and updating an integrated application for the admission process in a timely fashion, as well as attending admissions department meetings.
  7. Develop and execute a robust yield process, spanning the time between when a student is accepted, admitted student programming events, and when said student arrives on campus to begin their Program, employing the assistance of students, alumni, and select faculty in outreach to accepted students.
  8. Maintain data in all areas of responsibility, and assist in the development of metrics to evaluate effectiveness of initiatives and strategies.
  9. Working collaboratively with relevant Law School and Business School administrative offices, serve as primary advisor to provide academic and programmatic advising to students enrolled in the Programs, including audits of requisite and appropriate credits for timely graduation, and coordination of any special course needs.
  10. Organize the combined efforts of the Law School career offices and the Business School Career Management Center to assist students in developing career strategies and plans.
  11. Develop a plan for building community among the student body and mentorship programming with alumni, in part through the facilitation of events and activities; and, to the extent necessary, collaborate with the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy.
  12. Perform other related duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Admissions or the Dean of the Law School.



Minimum Requirements:

  • A./B.S. and J.D. required, plus 5 years of progressively increasing responsibility in academia, a law firm, or a business environment
  • Experience building and sustaining new programs and initiatives for lawyers and other professionals
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with professionals and students of diverse races, religions, orientations, abilities, and cultural backgrounds and capacity to advise and meaningfully interact with diverse, multigenerational constituents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including exemplary written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative and responsibility for complex tasks
  • Facility with/ability to learn various database software
  • Forward-thinking mindset with ability to identify the trends and demands of a rapidly changing marketplace and profession across various disciplines
  • Strong leadership, strategic planning, innovative thinking, and administrative skills
  • Ability to work as a high-level contributor, collaborator, and self-starter
  • Travel, Driver’s License, and evening and weekend work required
  • Must be able to work with diverse constituencies and support an inclusive work environment


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