Capitalizing on W&L Law School's reputation as one of the nation's top-tier law schools, the Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management will be poised to continue and expand upon enrollment success. Directs all aspects of JD admissions and financial aid programs. Reporting to the Dean of the Law School, the Assistant Dean is an active member of the senior leadership team, serving as an influential and strategic contributor to the Law School's ongoing success.
STATUS: Full-Time, 12 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday with occasional evening/weekend hours and travel FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: $113,443 / annual
ESSENTIAL AND RELATED FUNCTIONS:
Leads the Law School's focus on key enrollment goals. Develops strategies and initiatives to recruit and enroll students qualified to succeed at W&L Law and go on to become contributing members of the legal profession. Focuses on enhancing key factors in the performance of the Office of Admissions including application volume, the academic credentials of the incoming class, diversity of the incoming class, and net tuition revenue.
Oversees $11 million financial aid budget. Develops analytical models to effectively distribute funds to achieve qualitative targets within budget expectations.
Actively manages and interprets information related to the American Bar Association annual survey and related reports. Provides consultative guidance to the Dean regarding enrollment and outcomes measures.
Analyzes the Law School admissions landscape to determine how best to position W&L Law School in an increasingly competitive enrollment marketplace. Implements and coordinates a recruitment strategy designed to enhance enrollment goals.
Oversees the planning and management of the Office of Law Admissions. Provides leadership and mentoring to a Law Admissions staff of three including a Director, an Associate Director and an Administrative Assistant. Responsible for hiring, training and providing employees with ongoing coaching and thoughtful performance feedback.
Oversees systems and data integrity. Develops reports for internal and external audiences.
Contributes to the planning and execution of Admissions' digital and print communications. Coordinates with the Senior Director of Law Communications for poignant and timely communication strategies designed to expand the applicant pool and to reach qualified candidates.
Provides strategic direction for Law Admissions practices and processes related to recruitment, application review, applicant interviews and outreach. Utilizes knowledge of industry best practices and trends to identify and implement areas of operational opportunities.
Participates in recruitment related travel, representing the Law School at admission-sponsored events. Attends and presents at conferences, engages alumni and develops connections with law industry professionals to promote W&L Law School.
Other related duties as assigned.
Strategic Thinking - Able to implement department strategic objectives into actionable plans and goals. Makes departmental goals and priorities clear to team and explains relevance to each person's job. Collects and assesses information on multiple and relevant factors to develop policies and make critical strategic decisions. Demonstrates a clear understanding of detailed financial factors that drive departmental budget (e.g., position requests, hidden costs, impact on morale) when considering decisions.
Change Adaptability - Understands the effects of change on the work group and proactively clarifies information to help them deal with a changing work environment. Identifies structural process, people changes and solutions to achieve change initiative goals and targets. Encourages new ways of looking at established processes and practices by soliciting ideas and recognizing/rewarding practical innovation.
Communication and Networking - Uses diversified styles of communication (e.g., explains by describing impact or circumstances, etc.) to influence and create buy-in for ideas. Encourages open expression and common understanding of ideas and opinions. Builds networks within and outside own department and leverages these relationships to execute specific plans and initiatives.
Drive for Results - Inspires learning within work group by identifying key knowledge areas and sources and facilitating knowledge sharing. Takes full responsibility for unforeseen delays/issues, openly communicates situation and quickly adjusts plans, resources for the best possible outcomes. Proactively looks for areas to improve quality of services to ensure customer satisfaction.
Talent Development - Demonstrates understanding of career aspirations of individual work group members and provides structured feedback to them. Encourages greater involvement and provides timely rewards and recognition for efforts. Builds informal relationships with work group. Encourages others to share issues that could hinder achievement of work goals.
Bachelor's degree required, J.D. or other advanced degree strongly preferred with a minimum of 5-7 years of progressively strategic admissions management experience or a combination of experience and education from which a similar background could be attained. Strong understanding of the Law School landscape and higher education policy and procedures. Ability to communicate with and interact with the broad spectrum of university stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Must possess high level analytical skills and a comfort with qualitative data.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office or administrative work).
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.