Assistant/Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions, Law School
February 9, 2018
About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university's students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for ‘happiest students’ - as well as #2 for ‘best quality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5 for ‘best run colleges’ and ‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘college city that students love’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
About the Position and Responsibilities
The Assistant/Associate Director, Recruitment and Admissions, recruits and counsels prospective and admitted law students; reviews and recommends action on law school applications; administers a national student recruiting program and on-campus programs for admitted applicants; and acts as advisor to student recruiters.
Among the nation's leading law schools, Vanderbilt stands out for its distinguished faculty; highly talented students; collegial and collaborative school culture; graduates' top-tier employment outcomes; and global alumni network. The Admissions Office team of six professionals and three support staff is responsible for student recruitment, admissions, and scholarships for Vanderbilt's highly ranked J.D. program and its LL.M. program for foreign-trained attorneys. As part of the J.D. application process, our unique Admission Interview Program includes more than 800 VLS alumni conducting in-person interviews in 46 states, Washington, DC, and 12 foreign locations.
The Admissions Office serves prospective students, the Law School, and the legal profession through its commitment to high standards of professional conduct and ethical behavior; accuracy and candor in providing information to prospective students; adherence to principles of equity and inclusion; respect for confidentiality; and excellent customer service. The person selected for this position will be responsible for the following:
Recruit J.D. students to the Law School
Counsel prospective students in person, by phone, and in writing, which requires familiarity with a broad range of related topics such as the law school admission process, financial aid, academic programs, legal education, and the profession of law, law graduates' employment outcomes, and other information helpful to prospective law students
Represent the law school at recruiting events across the nation which requires overnight weekday and weekend travel
Provide tours and presentations to prospective students and others
Counsel admitted applicants
Participate in the student selection process for entering first-year J.D. students and second-year J.D. transfers from other law schools
Review applications, provide comments, and recommend action on first-year J.D. and second-year J.D. transfer applications
Conduct applicant interview (in person and via Skype) and prepare interview reports for applicants' files
Play a lead role in transfer selection and on-boarding
Administer and lead J.D. recruiting programs
Plan and implement annual off-campus recruiting campaign coordinating fall recruitment travel for admissions officers and student recruiters
Plan and implement two on-campus Admitted Students Programs each spring semester
Manage transportation arrangements and reimbursements for visiting admitted students
Advise and train student recruiters: Ambassadors, transfer students, tour guides and others
Qualifications and Experience:
Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree and 1-3 years of comparable experience
The most competitive candidates are likely to have a Master's Degree or J.D. and 3 or more years of directly comparable experience
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview
Teamwork – Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers; makes them feel valuable and important by acknowledging what they do well.Doesn't expect from others effort that one is unwilling to do themselves.Finds ways to acknowledge other's strong suits.
Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
Autonomous – Self-managing; self-motivated.Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track.
Perspective – Maintains a sense of humor and perspective.Can laugh first and foremost at oneself.
Optimism– Is friendly, tirelessly cordial, polite, and genial.Comes in to work with a good attitude and doesn't bring their own personal ‘little black clouds’ into the work environment.
Hard-Working – Is industrious as well as efficient (busy isn't the same as productive).Can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.
Helpful Nature – Offers to help lighten the load for others in times of need.Volunteers rather than waiting to be asked.Understands that almost no one works in a silo and needs the help of others to do their job well; recognizes that by helping others first, others will likely reciprocate.
Shares information.Communicates proactively.Transmits knowledge; recognizes that ‘knowledge is power’ is less effective than ‘sharing knowledge is power.’Asks for advice, and considers it
Internal Number: 1800209
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.