Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Special Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs

Posting Details

Posting Details

Title Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Special Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
Posting Number S00414JP
Department Dean of Student Affairs
Job Summary

The Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Special Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs works closely with the Dean of Student Affairs and the department heads within student affairs to lead key divisional and/or departmental initiatives. In addition to special project assignments which serve as a primary focus, on-going responsibilities include: serving as a member of the Division of Student Affairs leadership team; serving on College committees and work groups as assigned by the Dean of Student Affairs; developing and leading departmental evaluation and assessment reviews; coordinating a robust professional development program for the 125 members of the Division; organizing divisional and department head retreats; tracking divisional and departmental budgets; and drafting and editing reports and correspondence. The Associate Dean also works closely with the Dean of Students and her staff assisting the “Dean’s team”, when necessary, with all manner of student issues. This includes serving as a member of the on-call rotation. When necessary, stand-in for the Dean of Students on Judicial Board cases and cases of student sexual misconduct and gender-based violence.

Education/Skills Requirements

Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of success in leading and managing projects and be a hard worker who enjoys a fast-paced work environment where the needs and priorities are shifting from moment to moment. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team and to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with students, staff, faculty, parents, and alumni. Must possess excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills, including report writing and editing; a style which is highly collaborative and results-oriented; excellent judgment; and proven strategic planning and execution skills. Must have an appreciation of the diversity of our community and be able to communicate effectively across difference. Must be exceptionally well organized and possess superb administrative skills. A sense of humor is required!

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

A minimum of six years of progressively responsible and relevant work experience, including experience working with a diverse group of people in a collaborative manner is required.

Standard Work Days and Hours

This position is a year-round position (.92 FTE) working eleven months each year, which offers employees greater flexibility in taking time away from the office when the College is not in session including summer, winter, and spring breaks. Regular hours vary due to needs of the division or College. A flexible schedule is necessary. Evening and weekend work hours and limited travel required.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.

The Division of Student Affairs at Bowdoin is comprised of 125 professional staff members in various departments including the Office of the Dean of Students, Residential Life, Health, Counseling, Athletics, Career Planning, the McKeen Center for the Common Good, Student Activities, and three centers focused on Multicultural Life, Spiritual Life, and Sexuality, Women, and Gender. Consistent with our value of serving the common good, this team of professionals works in a collaborative and intentional manner to build an inclusive campus community that offers diverse and formative experiences, while supporting and challenging those within, so that individual students can reach their full academic, personal, and professional potential at Bowdoin and beyond.

The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Employment Category Full Time Year Round
FTE 0.92
Benefits Eligible Yes
Pay Type Salaried
Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No
Posting Date 01/05/2018
Applications Accepted Until 02/16/2018
Open Until Filled No
Type of Posting Internal/External
Special Instructions to Applicants

Confidential review and screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Complete applications should be received no later than February 16 for full consideration.

Please provide a cover letter which speaks to your relevant experience and a one page description of a strategic plan you authored or a special project you led.

Additionally, please list four professional references, including names, titles, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. 

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Response to Special Instructions
Optional Documents