Assistant Director of Admissions Columbia Law School

Columbia University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 27, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Admissions

Columbia Law School

 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.



  1. Produces 10 to 12 on-campus Information Sessions, and manages class visitation by prospective applicants. Oversees the logistics of all Information Sessions and class visitation processes. Oversees recruitment outreach activities related to Information Sessions held at Columbia, including related mailings, scheduling, student guide selection, and training. Works with other officers to develop and implement mechanism for collection, storage, and utilization of data.
  2. 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 of internal and external policies governing academic administration. Manages and implements process for collecting required documents from deposited populations, such as transcripts and dean’s certifications. Tracks documentation of international applicants, and serves as liaison between the ISSO (International Students & Scholars Office) and the Office of Admissions.
  3. 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.
  4. Oversees 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.
  6. Attends national law fairs and forums.
  7. Coordinates process for direct fee waiver requests from prospective applicant pool.
  8. Responsible for planning engagement activities with current student body, such as lunches or happy hour events.
  9. Works with the Dean of Admissions on research and analytical assignments, as well as undertakes special projects and responsibilities as assigned by the Dean of Admissions.


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, and 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, and presentation, as well as interpersonal and problem-solving, skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and multitask projects in demanding work environment. Exercises sound judgment, discretion, and tact in a highly confidential professional setting.


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Columbia University is an equal opportunity employer/disability/veteran and is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.


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