ASSOCIATE DEAN ADMISSIONS

Posted: December 22, 2021

Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Houston, TX

Summary of Position

Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean of Admissions plans, directs and coordinates the day-to-day operations of the Admission Office staff. Performs advance management functions to ensure the effective development and achievement of strategic goals and objectives for the department. 
 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develops, approves and implements operating policies, procedures and/or guidelines for a forward-thinking, best practice admissions process. Provides internal controls. Monitors and ensures compliance with ABA, University, federal and state policies and regulations.
  • Plans, assigns and supervises the work of the Admissions Office staff.  Coordinates with and manages Admissions Committee. Has dotted line authority and provides oversight over law school financial aid. Directs and approves various personnel actions including problem resolution, performance evaluation, training and vacation schedules. 
  • Determines priorities, needs and requirements of the admission office for effective implementation and achievement of the Law School goals.  Identifies innovated approaches to enhance effectiveness of admissions office.
  • Strategizes, develops, and implements comprehensive recruitment and marketing plans in consultation with the Dean and with collaboration of admissions staff.
  • Supervises the development, preparation and dissemination of reports and information.  Reviews and analyzes trends and patterns.  Reports demographic and statistical data to dean and other constituencies. 
  • Identifies staff development and training requirements.  Ensures staff attends appropriate training workshops and seminars. 
  • Manages departmental budget to include oversight and approval of travel policies, recruiting travel budget and expenses.
  • Produces predictive modeling reports and provides simulations to inform and establish, in coordination with the Dean of the Law School, a yearly scholarship award matrix based on historical and gathered institutional and national data.
  • Liaises with various University departments and offices, such as Information Technology, Bursars, Financial Aid, Veterans’ Affairs, Enrollment Services, and Registrar.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Education Required: Bachelor’s

Additional Information

Experience Required: Minimum of two (2) years of related experience or proven track record with at least five (5) years in law school admissions, preferably at the level of senior admissions officer. Diversified experience in higher education, preferably in the areas of student services, financial aid, and registrar, data collection and analysis, and admissions software (LSAC ACES2).
 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State, Local, and County laws.
  • ABA Admission Standards; Policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Proficient with data collection and analysis within the “admissions funnel” through LSAC and ACES2.
  • Supervisory techniques.
  • Microsoft Office Professional or similar applications.

Skill in:

  • Detail oriented.
  • Effective customer service and relationship building.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Multitasking and time management.
  • Coordinating work of others.
  • Budget management.
  • Leading projects and people.
  • Planning activities.
  • Both verbal and written communication.

Ability to:

  • Prepare detailed reports.
  • Create methods and approaches to handle unique situations.
  • Work independently.
  • Communicate effectively. 
     

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMAND:

Limited standing and/or walking.

Handling light weight objects.

Using or carrying equipment.

Stoop, bend or lift.  

May require some travel.
 

This job description is intended to be generic in nature and describe the essential functions of the job.  It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  The essential duties, functions and responsibilities, and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.