Assistant Dean of Admissions

Posted: January 23, 2023

Lewis & Clark Law School

Summary of Position

Working at Lewis & Clark College

The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.


Lewis & Clark Law School is an ABA-accredited law school located in Portland, Oregon.  The law school was founded in 1887 and is known for its nationally-ranked academics, practical training focus, and long-standing reputation as a leader in legal education in the Northwest. Degrees offered include Juris Doctor (JD), Juris Doctor/Master in Business Administration (JD/MBA), Master of Laws (LLM), and Master of Legal Studies (MLS). 


The Assistant Dean of Admissions leads a team whose mission is to recruit and enroll a talented and diverse class of JD students each fall. The Assistant Dean of Admissions is responsible for designing and overseeing the execution of a comprehensive admissions strategy for a law school known for its hands-on approach to legal education and support for the whole student. Among other things, the individual in this role will be responsible for designing and implementing scholarship strategy, overseeing admissions marketing and recruitment initiatives, and evaluating applications. 

The Assistant Dean of Admissions works closely with executive leadership and reports to the law school Dean. This individual also supervises 4 FTE and 3-4 part-time staff.

Application Review Begins: January 13, 2023; position open until filled

Education Required: Master’s
Education Preferred: JD
Years of Experience Required: 5
Years of Experience Preferred: 6 or more

Additional Information


Strategic Planning (25% of the time)

  • Work with the faculty Admissions Committee Chair and the Dean of the Law School to devise admissions strategies.

  • Implement strategies in order to reach enrollment goals.

  • Provide current JD market analysis and intelligence and accurate data for all JD admissions activities.

  • Provide input, analysis, and feedback on strategic planning, budgeting, and admissions policies and practices.

  • Work with the Alumni and Development Office to devise appropriate mechanisms for alumni involvement in admissions.  

Operations Management (25% of the time)

  • Hire and manage full time and part time admissions office staff. 

  • Oversee and manage department budget.

Admissions (25% of the time)

  • Read applications, interview candidates, and make admissions and scholarship decisions.

  • Meet with prospective and admitted students; answer email and phone inquiries.  

  • Oversee management of the admissions portion of the law school's website, admissions publications, and communications plan. 

  • Administer admissions and scholarship committees.  

  • Consult with the Financial Aid Office on timing and methods of disseminating financial aid information.

Recruiting (25% of the time)

  • Make presentations to pre-law societies and prospective law student groups. 

  • Design and implement travel and recruitment schedule as part of overall admissions plan. 

  • Travel extensively to undergraduate law fairs, law school forums, and other recruiting events. 

  • Collaborate with law school and institutional departments on recruiting applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. 


  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school or PhD or relevant master’s degree from an accredited institution.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in admissions, enrollment management, or relevant professional experience.

  • Ability to develop and articulate a strategic vision for enrollment at the law school. 

  • Experience with gathering and analyzing data to inform decision-making.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse groups of students, staff, alumni, faculty, and other stakeholders.

  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate with other departments and institutional leaders.

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the law school community. 

  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

  • Experience with using databases and applicant tracking systems. 

  • Experience managing departmental budgets. 

  • Strong supervisory, organizational, and administrative skills. 

  • Experience in planning/executing prospective and admitted student events (virtual, hybrid, and in person).


  • Proficiency with ACES or UNITE database management systems.

  • Proficiency using Slate or similar CRM system.

  • Knowledge of trends in legal education and law student recruitment.


  • Full time (1.0 FTE) 

  • Benefits Eligible: Yes


  • Ability and willingness to travel overnight by plane, train, bus, and car, including some weekends. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to rent a vehicle without restriction. 


  • Depending on experience.

Lewis & Clark College adheres to a nondiscriminatory policy with respect to educational programs, activities, employment, and admission.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, age, marital status, national origin, the presence of any physical or sensory disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and local laws.  The Associate Vice President of Human Resources has been designated to handle inquiries regarding employment- and disability-related non-discrimination policies.  Title IX inquiries may be directed to the Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinators


Reasonable Accommodation

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. 

Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

How to Apply

Apply through Workday:

Please upload your resume and cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

Application Deadline: Position open until filled.