Located just over an hour from the city of Chicago, NIU College of Law is a vibrant school focused on the student experience. Offering a full complement of courses of study, extensive experiential learning opportunities, certificate programs, co-curricular experiences and a devotion to diversity and the public interest, NIU College of Law is dedicated to offering a high quality, legal education at an affordable price. Housed in stately Swen Parson Hall, the College offers easily-accessed big city connections in a comfortable, suburban setting. As the only public law school in the Chicago area, the NIU College of Law is particularly proud to have been named a top law school nationally for diversity, value, and careers in public interest and government service. Class sizes are geared to promote closer connections between students, faculty and administrators. The school’s small size also facilitates mentorship and close student connections to alumni and legal practitioners in Illinois and across the nation. More information can be found at www.niu.edu/law and www.niu.edu.
Part I. Job Information:
The Northern Illinois University College of Law anticipates having an opening for one Associate Director of Admissions.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, the Associate Director of Admissions assists in the strategic development and the implementation of the admission policies, programming, and procedures employed by the College of Law. The Associate Director is the law school’s primary recruiter and represents the College of Law at recruitment fairs throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes Region. This is a professional position that requires extensive travel as well as some weekend and evening hours.
The Associate Director works in close collaboration with other senior staff:
- to strategically target and to effectively recruit an accomplished, academically strong, and diverse applicant pool; and
- to yield as many admitted applicants as possible to further the mission of the College of Law; and
- to execute the College of Law’s Continuing Education (CLE’s) program.
Part II. Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the student recruitment process by working with the Assistant Dean of Admissions to devise and implement strategies, policies, and practices to recruit students and to increase enrollment across the JD programs, by supporting the development of consistent and ongoing methods for making the best use of the College of Law’s recruitment resources- including faculty and staff resources, and by providing support for the 1L transition and engagement initiatives.
Assist in the creation, review, revision, and updating of recruitment and marketing publications and online and social presence (including all social media platforms), and formal correspondence to prospects, applicants, and admitted students.
Support analysis and reporting on enrollment-increasing measures and outcomes. Support the management of data, including query development in the law school’s admission database (ACES/UNITE), enrollment management statistics, maintenance of the integrity of the data reported to the American Bar Association and other constituents, regular statistical reporting to the Director, and support the administration of the College of Law’s scholarship program to shape the incoming class.
Interact with prospective students in person and electronically as part of the admissions process, including answering questions regarding law school and the College of Law curriculum and admissions practices; giving tours of the College of Law; and participating in prospective and admitted student events.
Interface with and support traditional admission and outreach functions of the College of Law by contributing to strategic planning implementing and executing student recruitment programs, coordinating and evaluating on-campus events, attending local, regional, and national off-campus recruitment events, advising prospective students, responding to telephone and e-mail inquiries, and supporting the success of the College of Law’s diversity and pipeline outreach and programming to further build the College of Law’s goal of a diverse and talented student body.
Work with the Assistant Dean of Strategic Communications, Alumni Engagement, and Diversity Initiatives/Chief of Staff, and fulfill needs for CLE events that will be held internally and externally. Prepare necessary CLE applications for all internal and external programs. Seek and maintain accredited provider status in key states (IL, IA, WI, MI). Monitor and communicate changes to CLE rules and regulations in states of primary importance to the law school. Maintain online platforms and learning tolls for CLE courses. Manage the integration between the tools, troubleshoot, and respond to attorney questions on access and use of these tools. Work with faculty and relevant faculty committees to actively seek hot topics. Monitor and maintain COL’s CLE webpage. Perform other duties related to admissions and recruitment as assigned by the Assistant Dean of Strategic Communications, Alumni Engagement, and Diversity Initiatives/Chief of Staff.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
- Graduate degree in a relevant field such as communications, business, marketing, and/or a Juris Doctor
- Two to four years in a university undergraduate or graduate school admissions setting.
- Law school admissions experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- This position requires strong skills in the areas of marketing, policy development, strategic planning, and assessment. Must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills, persuasive and negotiation skills, and the knowledge of, or the ability to learn the law school admissions process.
- Must possess a sincere interest in helping others achieve their goals. Must be able to work effectively within a deadline-driven environment.
- Must have the technical skills and ability to quickly master the various portals of ACES, the law school admissions database and other relevant CRM databases. This includes the ability to write queries and reports, generate decisions, and coordinate communication with the College of Law’s prospects and applicant pools.
- Must also have strong organizational skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with College of Law colleagues, various University offices, and the greater law school admission community.
Application Materials and Procedures
- Cover Letter
- Contact information for three professional references.
Applicants must apply online at https://employment.niu.edu/postings/55033 and complete their applicant profile and upload their materials. For consideration, complete applications must be received by Thursday, February 18, 2021. For additional information, contact Tita Kaus, Administrative Assistant to the Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org. 815-753-1068. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
EEO Statement, Visa Policy, ADA Accommodation, Clery Act Information
In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.
NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at www.safety.niu.edu/clery or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at www.niu.edu/clery/fire_report.pdf or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.
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