Assistant/Associate Dean of Students for
The Assistant/Associate Dean of Students for Student Transition and Support position is a key part of the leadership team for Bates’ efforts to recruit, retain, and graduate students from historically underrepresented backgrounds (URG), including students of color and first generation college students. The Assistant/Associate Dean serves as both a member of the Dean of Students Office and as a member of the leadership team in the Office for Intercultural Education (OIE), working closely with the OIE team to develop and implement general programming to support goals of the office. The Assistant/Associate Dean provides academic advising and mentorship to students from underrepresented groups upon their enrollment at Bates, and is the primary leader for facilitating the successful academic and social transition into college life. The Assistant/Associate Dean is also responsible for program development and design to ensure that initiatives in support of the success of URG students provide measurable, positive results. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Dean serves as a liaison to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid, assisting in developing and implementing programs for the recruitment and enrollment of students from underrepresented groups. Finally, the Assistant/Associate Dean will be responsible for leading the effort to create and sustain a robust, intra-department program and effort to support student success and achievement at Bates. The assistant/associate will report directly to the Dean of Students and the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.

The title of Assistant or Associate will be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

1. Student Transition and Success
• Develop advising strategies for incoming students in collaboration with key administrators and faculty
• Develop Individual Retention Plan for each entering URG student
• Provide academic and personal support for URG students
• Develop programs to support URG success at Bates.
• Develop and maintain tools to assess the efficacy of programs.
• Assist with preparation of critical personnel with whom entering students have contact, including FYS
faculty advisers, RC/JA (training), Orientation Leaders (training), peer tutors
• Participate in design of orientation programming, including targeted welcome and introduction of targeted

URG students
• Work with staff in the Office for Intercultural Education and the Office for Equity and Diversity Resources
to create robust programming on behalf of URG students, which will include work with students, staff,faculty, and alumni.
• Work with deans of students on enrollment and registration, with particular attention to URG students

2. Office of Intercultural Education
• Develop programming to support students from underrepresented groups and general campus programming in support of the mission of the Office of Intercultural Education.
• Work in collaboration with faculty and staff from across the College in support of student success and transition.
• Work collaboratively with OIE staff in the decision-making process to improve the quality of learning and
living for all URG students.

3. Liaison to Admission and Student Financial Services
• Maintain regular contact with Admission and Student Financial Aid offices
• Maintain general knowledge of admission and financial aid process and work with Admission department staff to assist URG students in completing forms
• Assist in hosting various programs and events targeting URG students in support of the admissions process,including Preface, Prologue, and fly-in events

4. Office of the Dean of Students
• Serve as academic/personal/residential advisor to individual students through scheduled appointments and walk-in basis
• Serve as resource for student questions, crises concerns, and needs on walk-in and appointment basis
• Participate in weekly rotation of dean-on-call roster. Responsible for being on call and available to the college as needed for questions, problems, and emergencies
• Serve individually or in collaboration with other Deans of Students in crisis intervention and management as needed
• Attend and participate in weekly Deans of Students staff meetings (Monday morning and Tuesday post-residential staff lunch meeting)
• Work collaboratively with other Deans of Students in the decision-making process to improve the quality of learning and living for all students enrolled at the college
• Develop and maintain productive collaborative relationships with faculty and other college departments
• Work with faculty, both individually and as a group, to effect the best possible holistic education for enrolled students
• Monitor academic progress of students and respond/intervene when academic concerns are identified
• Promote and maintain sensitivity and commitment to diversity on campus
• Address issues of minor misconduct regarding student behavior
• Serve as “Area Dean” for specific student residences and student staff as assigned
• Attend and participate in weekly student residential staff meetings
• Participate in and assist with delivery of New Student Orientation
• Participate in and assist with delivery of student residential staff selection and training
• Demonstrate support of College community through attendance at various on-campus activities, events, performances, and athletic contests
• Provide letters of reference upon request to students for a variety of curricular and extracurricular opportunities, graduate school applications, and job applications

• An advanced degree in a field related to education
• Significant experience working with undergraduate student population
• Specific and significant experience working with students from underrepresented groups
• Significant experience in program development and design
• Demonstrated understanding of academic and social difficulties experienced by students from underrepresented groups in a college environment
• Fundamental understanding of student development theory
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including a sense of humor and ability to be nimble in a changeable environment.


• Fluency and/or proficiency in Spanish
• Understanding of and familiarity with data collection and analysis


Working environment
The working environment of this position varies widely. The environment includes:

• A great deal of computer focused work
• Extensive desk work and meetings in office
• A work pattern that requires the ability to juggle multiple concerns and tasks simultaneously
• Meetings held at various locations around campus
• May include necessity of driving cars/vans
• Some weekend and evening work required
• Some travel required

Physical Requirements
Essential and marginal functions may require:
• Maintaining physical conditions necessary for sitting for prolonged period of time
• Extensive use of computer keyboard
• Occasional light to moderate lifting or carrying (overhead, waist level, from floor)

Bates College is committed to building and maintaining a workforce that accurately reflects the diversity of our student body, alumni network, and local community. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. Bates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest via the link below. All materials must be received no later than Friday, March 7, 2014, for full consideration.

Our preference is that all documents uploaded be in a .pdf format as one document. Incomplete applications may not be considered. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Jess Leighton, HR Specialist, via e-mail at

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Jessica Leighton
Bates College
215 College St
Lewiston, 04240