The Director of Graduate Programs leads and manages the full lifecycle of activities, programs, and operations for the University of Chicago Law School Graduate Programs (GP), which include the LLM, MLS and JSD programs. Responsibilities includes GP recruitment and admissions, student services, and financial planning and oversight. The Director will foster a spirit of community within the GP program and broader Law School student body and is responsible for supporting the academic, professional, and personal development of GP students.
The Director works with the Associate Dean of Admissions to determine annual enrollment goals and develops and manages an annual GP recruitment plan and program budget. They will coordinate with the Graduate Program Faculty Committee and, in support of GP students, the works closely with law school offices such as the Dean of Students Office, Registrar Office, Career Services, Communications and Financial Aid. The Director also works closely with the Universityâ™s Office of International Affairs. They will participate in and may lead aspects of certain institutional activities, such as selected elements of graduation activities, and may lead special projects and initiatives. The position is full-time and reports to the Associate Dean of Admissions, within the Admissions and Financial Aid department.
Develops and executes an annual marketing/recruitment plan
Collaborates with the Communications department to develop digital and hard copy marketing collateral and maintains up-to-date program information on the UChicago Law website
Attends recruiting events in international locations
Manages the prospective student application process, including managing the application timeline and online application process, application evaluation, selection and applicant notification
Manages international student visa processing and communications
Plans and executes GP orientation
Provides GP academic advising
Plans and executes GP community-building activities
Serves as âœgo-toâ resource for a broad range of GP student questions related to academics and personal concerns
Works with the Law School Dean of Students and Events Offices to plan and execute commencement
Acts as a liaison between students and law school administration
Oversees career services offered to graduate students, in collaboration with the Career Services Office
Provides career services advising to graduate students
Regularly evaluates and enhances GP policies, procedures, and programming to ensure the program is meeting its goals and objectives
In connection with annual fiscal processes of the law school, provides financial forecasting and actively manages the GP overall program budget, as well as budgets for separate events (e.g., orientation)
Maintains GP data in appropriate databases; compiles & analyzes data, prepare reports
Remains current with peer school and national trends in Law School Graduate Programs and recommends changes and enhancements
Remains current with and ensures compliance with all Law School and University regulations, policies & procedures, including visa requirements
Other duties relevant to the position and program, and in general support of the Admissions and Financial Aid Office
An effective leader with an enthusiastic commitment to the educational mission of the Law School and a passion for helping students achieve their academic and professional goals
Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to effectively interface with a range of constituents, including Law School students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University colleagues
Ability to work effectively with senior leadership at the Law School
Sensitivity to the needs of underrepresented populations and experienced dealing with multicultural groups
Excellent administrative, counseling, and organizational skills
Exceptional work ethic with a track record of personal initiative
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University
Ability to exercise considerable judgment and discretion
Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with the utmost discretion
Dependability and professional demeanor with a clear client-service orientation
Must be able travel domestically and internationally
Must be able to work occasional evening and weekend hours
Education, Experience and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree Required, J.D. or advanced degree in a relevant position is strongly preferred.
5-7 years of post-baccalaureate experience in an administrative capacity in an academic setting, preferably higher education; three years of senior-level leadership experience is strongly preferred
Experience successfully managing programs, working with diverse constituencies, providing direction, setting priorities, identifying opportunities, and implementing major initiatives is required
Previous experience providing guidance and/or counseling to higher education students is also strongly preferred
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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