Assistant Director of Law Student Community and Recruitment
Washington and Lee University
Location: Lexington, Virginia
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: R828
The Assistant Director of Law Student Community & Recruitment collaborates with both the law student affairs office and law admissions office to promote, support and engage with applicants and law students, particularly students from historically underrepresented populations. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Law Student Affairs, Community and Belonging.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. In keeping with the law school's mission statement, the school seeks to cultivate broad-minded, highly skilled, and honorable practitioners of law. We do so within a diverse and collaborative intellectual community exemplifying rigor, trust, and civility. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise. Please see https://law.wlu.edu/about-wandl-law/diversity for more information about diversity and inclusion at W&L Law.
Provides support for, and counsel to, students from underrepresented communities/marginalized backgrounds, as well as to identity-based affinity student groups, to promote a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment within the law school.
In conjunction with the Office of Law Student Affairs, plans, designs, markets, executes, and assesses student-focused programs, events, and cultural celebrations.
Develops, in close consultation with the Assistant Dean for Law Admissions, targeted outreach plans to HBCU/HSI institutions as well as direct outreach to members of historically underrepresented populations. Outreach will include in person, virtual and electronic means of communication. Regional travel in the fall and winter months is anticipated to attend law school fairs and participate in private visits to campuses.
Develops, in close consultation with Law School leadership, a “pipeline program” designed to broaden the pool of applicants from groups historically underrepresented in the law school and legal profession.
Partners with the Office of Law Student Affairs and Office of Law Admissions to create and direct a pre-enrollment immersion program and builds partnerships with undergraduate institutions to recruit interested applicants for participation in this program
Collaborates and partners with University-wide offices/committees (UCICC, OIE, etc.) as well as with the law school DEI committee, to enhance support of law students and bring awareness to available resources.
Partners with the Assistant Director of Admissions to oversee and manage the Law Ambassador student volunteer program which facilitates current student engagement with prospective applicants.
Collaborates with Law Communications to feature stories of diverse students, alumni, faculty, and staff.
Creates a pre-law advisor newsletter three times each year, and assists in updating content for social media platforms and the law school website.
Facilitates alumni engagement with current and admitted students, and student organizations.
Review admissions files as part of the overall admissions process.
Other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. Juris Doctor or Master's degree is preferred.
Demonstrated interest in fostering inclusion initiatives and will be knowledgeable of issues related to equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging.
1-3 years of experience (or the equivalent in experience and education) in college admissions, law school admissions, student affairs, law firm recruitment, or inclusion initiatives preferred.
Excellent written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills.
Travel, evening, and weekend hours are required.
Application Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Resume and cover letter are required. Upload both required documents to the Resume/CV upload section of the application. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Current W&L Employees:Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a ...campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.