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Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington State
$9,881 - $13,000 per month

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment, Financial Aid
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Although open until filled, priority application date is June 9, 2024.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law.  Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.  The University of Washington is a top research institution with over 250 degrees within 150 departments & programs across 18 colleges and schools, including the new interdisciplinary College of the Environment. The main campus is located at the confluence of Puget Sound and Lake Washington.

The University of Washington School of Law is seeking an experienced Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid (E S 11) to lead our J.D. admissions program.  The individual in this position will lead and direct a program that will meet the school's recruitment and admission goals. This position is charged with the development of strong relationships to attract a well-qualified, diverse entering class for the UW School of Law. The Assistant Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid holds primary responsibility for recruitment, admissions, enrollment, and financial aid for the School of Law. The position reports directly to the Dean.

The successful candidate will have a passion for excellence, a commitment to building a diverse and multicultural student population, and the creativity and leadership skills to advance our admissions department to the next level of success.

Recruitment (50%)

  • Develops and oversees administration of the Law School’s recruitment and admissions strategies, including the development of a metrics system to ensure enrollment of a diverse, highly qualified student body.
  • In collaboration with the marketing and communications department, develops and executes marketing strategies to support key admissions goals, including the production of relevant multi-media products (e.g. website, blogs, video).
  • Represents the school and coordinates other staff representation at national and local recruitment events.
  • Provides information regarding academic programs offered and admissions policies and procedures for prospective and admitted students.
  • Leads the review and evaluation of applicant files to determine the admissibility of applicants using established school admissions standards.

Leadership and administration (45%)

  • Acts as a liaison to student groups and pre-law advisors to enhance and develop programs to improve admission yield and student diversity.
  • Oversees Admissions office annual operations and scholarship budget.
  • Develops and oversees financial aid and scholarship administration and programming including financial aid literacy and counseling.
  • Supervises Admissions staff, including hiring, performance management, training, discipline, merit and promotion recommendations.

Other (5%)

  • Performs other related duties as necessary.


  • M.A. degree in Education or Student Counseling AND 4-5 years of experience recruiting and retaining a diverse student class. 
  • Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.


  • Public speaking experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities.
  • Web management skills; computer literate with word processing and database programs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, including over some weekends.
  • Discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to collaborate across organizational boundaries
  • Ability to work independently and professionally under the pressure of frequent deadlines in a fast-paced environment.


  • Juris Doctor
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers on an administrative leadership team with a commitment to excellence and the law student experience. Engaged in the higher education community, the legal education literature and accreditation standards, and expertise in best practices for recruitment and retention of law students.

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