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Associate Director of Admissions (Dedman School of Law)

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University’s entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world – and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

The School of Law at SMU was established in February 1925. Highlighting the celebration of its 75th year, SMU School of Law was named Dedman School of Law in 2001 in honor of Dallas benefactors Nancy and Robert H. Dedman, Sr., and their family. With more than 15,000 graduates, SMU Dedman School of Law has a national and international reputation of training prominent lawyers in both law and business. As the first law school in Dallas, we are fortunate to be in a city with a thriving economy, many corporate headquarters, and an outstanding legal community. SMU Dedman School of Law continues to strive to develop the next century of leaders.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Associate Director of Admissions recruits and counsels prospective and admitted law students; reviews and recommends action on law school applications; administers a national student recruiting program and on-campus programs; oversees the comprehensive yield framework; and manages the day-to-day operations of the Admissions Office.

Essential Functions:

    Reviewing applications, making recommendations for admission. Coordinate and act as point person with LSAC on updates to ACES2 system. Generate reports in ACES2 and provide updates. Process all admissions and scholarship decisions. 

    Overseeing and the implementation of our comprehensive yield framework, including:  admitted student contacts, admitted student website, admitted student events (on-campus and remote), and admitted student materials

    Recruiting activities – on/off campus events, presentations, outreach to pre-law advisors and community organizations

    Manage day-to-day operations, including acting on Assistant Dean's directives, coordinating/overseeing day to day activities of staff and student workers, including training as needed

    Counsel prospective and admitted students in person, by phone, and in writing, which requires familiarity with a broad range of topics such as the law school admissions process, financial aid, academic programs, legal education, the legal profession, employment opportunities/outcomes, and other information

    Oversee and direct website and other marketing and yield initiatives.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s is required. Master's degree or J.D is strongly preferred.

A minimum of five (5) years of experience is required. Candidate with work experience in the practice of law and/or law school admissions is preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills. Candidate must demonstrate proficiency with word processing software and Excel. 

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.  

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of time
Deadline to Apply:

Open until filled. 

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Administrative Managers & Professionals
Organization: Dedman School of Law
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Posting: Dec 5, 2022, 11:07:27 AM

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