The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for a Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. This exempt position reports to the Law School's Vice Dean and provides strategic leadership and management of the student recruitment, admissions, and financial support programs of the Law School. Working under broad supervision, this position plans and implements initiatives to support overall enrollment and financial aid goals.
Duties include providing comprehensive review and evaluation of all first-year, transfer, and visiting student applications for the Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Law programs; providing training, guidance and coordination to the faculty admissions committee; overseeing the operation and administration of the Law School's recruitment, admissions, and enrollment processes, ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and with University policies and procedures; planning and managing the Law School's various financial aid programs, including scholarships and fellowships, grant aid, student employment, federal financial aid, and short-term emergency loans; planning, developing, evaluating, and modifying methods, procedures, and structures for the effective delivery of admissions and financial aid services; planning and managing the Admissions Office's organizational structure and staff to efficiently accomplish goals and objectives; participating in the review and development of the admissions and financial aid policies of the Law School; recommending and participating in the development of University policies and procedures, as appropriate, and serving on admissions and financial aid-related University planning and policy-making committees; providing leadership in enrollment management planning for the School; planning and developing comprehensive strategies to meet and support enrollment goals and objectives; planning and managing the overall student recruitment effort for the Law School, including development and implementation of marketing plans, recruitment, and outreach initiatives and collaborative interactions with pre-law programs statewide; providing direction in the planning and development of office infrastructure, including software and related technology; analyzing administrative operations to determine ways in which technology can enhance effectiveness and efficiency of services; developing and managing annual budgets for the Admissions Office and performing periodic cost and productivity analyses; representing the Law School at various community and/or business meetings, committees, and task forces; promoting existing and new programs and/or policies.
This position is also responsible for some aspects of accreditation reports and surveys for outside organizations such as the American Bar Association and the Law School Admission Council.
The position requires significant specialized knowledge and understanding of a law school community and its functions. The ability to interact and communicate professionally and respectfully with a diverse constituency and population is essential. Evening and/or weekend hours, and extensive travel required seasonally.
· Be able to use independent judgment to manage and impart confidential information;
· Possess knowledge and understanding of law school admissions standards, regulations, policies, methods, techniques, and trends;
· Possess ability to develop and implement recruitment plans and to plan, develop, and implement marketing strategies;
· Possess skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
· Be able to supervise and train employees, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments and demonstrate commitment to employee development and performance management skills;
· Possess knowledge and understanding of all aspects of student financial aid and scholarships;
· Possess strategic, project, and program planning skills;
· Possess ability to provide professional guidance and leadership to both faculty and staff in area of expertise;
· Possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
· Possess knowledge and general understanding of law school curriculum, employment outcomes, registration, and general policies and procedures;
· Possess knowledge of computer technology and electronic information management systems appropriate to student recruitment, admissions, and financial aid;
· Possess advanced verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
For best consideration, applications should be received by July 27, 2020.
About the Law School:
The University of New Mexico School of Law and its institutes and centers comprise a large, highly diverse academic unit of the University of New Mexico. The School of Law offers Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Law degrees with a total student body of about 350. Its legal education program is nationally recognized for a mandatory clinical legal education component for its JD students (students undertake live client representation under law faculty supervision), innovative classes that combine law practice skills training with doctrinal instruction, and a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It offers certificate programs in Indian Law and Natural Resources Law, and its scholarly publications include the New Mexico Law Review, Natural Resources Journal, and Tribal Law Journal. As the only law school in New Mexico, it has a large public service mission. Through its centers and institutes, the Law School employs numerous research faculty, program directors, and staff attorneys who operate educational programs for state court judges, tribal court judges, and the New Mexico Bar. It operates policy centers to address issues related to children's law and natural resources law. In partnership with the American Indian Law Center, the Law School hosts a nationally-recognized annual Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians.
About UNM and Albuquerque:
Founded in 1889, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico's flagship university, occupies 600 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a city of more than 700,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture, people, and panoramas.
Bachelor's degree; at least 7 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Supervisory experience. Strong communication, customer service and interpersonal skills. A strong preference will be given to applicants with previous higher education administration experience, especially in the areas of recruiting, admissions and financial aid. Preference may be given to applicants who hold a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and have significant specialized knowledge and understanding of a law school community and functions gained through previous work experience in a legal education setting.