Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Initiatives - School of Law
St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.
A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.
Associate Director of Admissions & Diversity Initiatives
School of Law
The Associate Director reports to the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Recruitment and will spearhead student recruitment off-campus, focusing on increasing the diversity of the applicant pool, the admitted student population, and the entering 1L and transfer classes. The Associate Director will focus on inclusive admissions practices, and a yield campaign that results in a diverse class. The Associate Director will also manage all aspects of marketing and communications for the JD Admissions Office, including developing our presence on new platforms. The Associate Director will share responsibility for reviewing 1L applications and serve as a personal admission counselor for approximately one-third of our applicant pool, including our students of color. The Associate Director will create a high school outreach program and manage a robust student ambassador program with a focus on diversity and affinity group outreach.
Oversee the Office of Admissions diversity, equity, and inclusion programs including the Law School's fly-in program for students of color, the diversity-related admitted students events, and outreach to all HBCUs and HSIs.
Manage advanced off-campus recruitment planning. Create and develop data analysis tools and metrics designed to measure the impact of various in-person and virtual events. Track applicant, admitted student, and matriculating student data to evaluate how well a recruiting strategy worked at the end of each cycle. Identify trends and gaps in recruitment and create long-term and short-term strategies to increase overall quality and diversity of the applicant pool.
Travel extensively to represent the School of Law at a significant number of recruitment events. Make presentations and speak on panels. Suggest and implement new outreach efforts to meet prospective students, including students of color and other historically under-represented groups.
Develop and lead the Law School's high school outreach program with the intent to attract students of color and other historically under-represented groups to the Law School. Build relationships with schools, publicize visits, plan, execute and attend events.
Manage marketing and communications strategy, oversee yearly communications calendar, and generally support all messaging on behalf of the Admissions Office. Lead strategy for online content, including blog, social media, webinars, and videos. Suggest new media and platforms to reach as diverse an applicant pool as possible. Maintain and update Admissions Office website. Serve as primary contact with Marketing Office on behalf of Admissions Office.
Review and make recommendations on a significant portion of the applicant pool (25-30%), focusing on students of color.
Serve as a personal admission counselor to approximately one-third of our applicant pool, including admitted students of color. Email, meet with, and arrange visits and tours. Serve as the point person to address all of their needs through the admissions cycle, including managing the travel stipend program to bring historically under-represented groups of students to campus to visit.
Develop strategic messaging for individual applicants to personalize the post-admissions process and set goals to determine message effectiveness, including a post-admission microsite. Develop and maintain the metrics that will allow the office to evaluate the effectiveness of the yield communication plan and activities. Serve as a liaison to the Alumni Office and help match admitted students with alumni as part of a yield campaign, including matching our admitted students of color with our diverse alumni network.
Recruit, manage and train a diverse group of student ambassadors. Conduct trainings twice a year. Track ambassador availability in spreadsheet or calendar form and make available to Admissions Office. Match admitted students with student organization contacts as part of a yield campaign, including affinity group outreach.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree required; J.D., professional or advanced degree is preferred.
Minimum of at least two years' admissions experience in higher education or legal experience, preferably with students of color or other historically under-represented groups.
Possess excellent oral, written and technological skills (preferably experience in Banner system, ACES, Access database). Experience with Excel.
Strong problem-solving skills. Advanced organizational, time management and process management skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage large programs/projects and comfort working across high-functioning teams.
The ability to use sound judgment in all situations and discretion with confidential data required.
Extensive travel required (local and out-of-state) during the fall recruitment season.
Occasional weekend and evening hours required.
Valid U.S. driver's license required.
A cover letter and resume is required when applying.
**This is an externally funded position
St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.