Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Cornell Law School

Ithaca, NY

ID: 7162961
Posted: August 21, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Announcement
Cornell Law School, Cornell University
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Founded in 1887, Cornell Law School is a top-tier law school, currently ranked 12th by U.S. News & World Report. Cornell Law offers a juris doctor (JD) program, a one-year master of laws (LLM) program for international students, a one-year LLM degree in law, technology, and entrepreneurship at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City, an online master in legal studies (MSLS) program, and a doctoral (JSD) program. Cornell Law School's nationally ranked faculty includes 41 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 15 clinical professors in the legal research and writing program and in clinics at the local, national, and international levels. The law school supports its students' success through its unique combination of inspiring theoretical, doctrinal, and experiential teaching with cutting-edge scholarship in a supportive, intellectually rich community.

The Position
Serving as a member of Cornell Law School's senior leadership team and reporting to the dean of the law school, the associate dean of admissions and financial aid leads the team responsible for all aspects of the admissions process to its JD program, including the development and execution of a strategic enrollment plan; the recruitment, selection, enrollment, and retention of a highly qualified and motivated student body; and the integration of marketing and recruitment strategies with existing and developing communications and social networking technologies. The associate dean oversees the law school's financial aid functions, including awarding and disbursement of over $18M in annual scholarships and grants and the administration of the school's loan forgiveness program. The associate dean works with the law school's director of financial aid and the university's office of financial aid and student employment to administer the university's student employment and federal and private loan programs for Cornell Law JD students.


Candidates must have a master's degree and 7 to 10 years of experience relevant to law school enrollment management or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must have sufficient experience in law school education and knowledge of the legal profession to fulfill the position's responsibilities to counsel, recruit, evaluate, and select candidates. Successful candidates will have a work history of progressive responsibility in a leadership role in higher education or legal practice. Excellent organizational, management, and interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work effectively across multiple internal and external constituencies are required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members. Knowledge of university policies, state and federal laws, trends, and an in-depth understanding and use of admissions and student information systems is expected. Candidates must have proven experience connecting diversity, inclusion, and well-being practices to business goals. Preferred qualifications include a JD or equivalent law degree; experience developing a comprehensive recruitment plan; knowledge of PeopleSoft, ACES/Unite, and CRM platforms such as Salesforce or Slate. Outstanding candidates can motivate office staff to achieve peak productivity and provide exceptional service to prospective and admitted students.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin September 11, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Sharon Meagher at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email [email protected].

The public salary range is $167,324-$204,398. Exceptional candidates may qualify for additional compensation, including a signing bonus and relocation assistance.

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Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. Cornell is a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Cornell also recognizes a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. Cornell strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.