Assistant Director of
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Attends national law fairs and forums.
- Coordinates process for direct fee waiver requests from
prospective applicant pool.
- Responsible for planning engagement activities with current
student body, such as lunches or happy hour events.
- 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.
- Bachelor’s degree required, plus 3–5 years of relevant
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Columbia University is an equal opportunity
employer/disability/veteran and is committed to the hiring of
qualified local residents.