The University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
The University of Missouri-Columbia is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system and is one of only 34 public universities in the country belonging to the Association of American Universities, a group of elite research universities. The School of Law enrolls a highly credentialed and diverse student body from across the country, and its faculty come from the finest law firms, government agencies, and law schools across the country. With a population of about 110,000, Columbia is located in central Missouri, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City and about 30 minutes from the state's capital, Jefferson City. Columbia is routinely rated as one of the best U.S. cities in which to reside. Additional information about the School of Law is available at www.law.missouri.edu.
Basic Functions and Responsibilities
The Assistant Dean is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive recruitment and admissions plan to attract and matriculate an outstanding and diverse class of first-year law students and oversee and direct the financial aid office of the School of Law.
Reporting directly to the Dean of the School of Law, the Assistant Dean is a key member of the law school's senior administrative team and is expected to participate on appropriate committees at the School of Law and the university as well as external associations to learn and remain informed of best practices, standards, and trends in the law school recruiting and admissions market.
Key responsibilities include the following:
Identifying a broad base of prospective students and initiating contact with those prospects, providing advice and counsel on all aspects of the admissions and financial aid processes
Selecting and participating in recruiting events on and off campus
Reviewing and assessing law school applications and, with the Admissions Committee, making admissions decisions
Planning and implementing a strategy for awarding scholarships to effectively execute the enrollment plan
Working with the law school's communications department to develop marketing strategies and materials, both in print and online, to promote the visibility of the law school and achieve enrollment goals
Counseling prospective and current students to effectively package and fulfill their financial aid needs
Collaborating with all of the law school's constituent groups, including faculty, staff, students, and alumni to ensure a successful outcome to the school's recruitment efforts
Supervising and leading the admissions and financial aid staff to create a strong and effective team of professionals
An advanced degree – preferably a Juris Doctor from an ABA-approved law school – is strongly desired
At least two years of experience in higher education administration, preferably with supervisory duties, or equivalent experience
Additional experience in student recruitment, student programming, and marketing
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
The ability to work well with various constituencies and to foster a cooperative work environment
A strong commitment to diversity in all its forms and competency in relating to applicants and other individuals from various cultural, ethnic, geographic, and experiential backgrounds
This is a full-time, twelve-month position.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
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