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The Associate Dean of Students for Off-Campus Study Programs is a dynamic and strategic campus leader within the college, working closely and collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to develop comprehensive programs and services associated with off-campus study. Bates’ off-campus study programs and services have been nationally recognized with approximately 60% of juniors studying abroad each year for a semester or longer. While continuing its emphasis on academic quality, the new Associate Dean will be charged with partnering with key administrators and faculty to leverage study abroad to more fully serve the mission of the college by developing broad intercultural competency and by maximizing pre- and post-study abroad experiences. Further, the Associate Dean will envision methods to help students design off-campus study education that incorporates a holistic model of student development and advances their knowledge, skills, and self-awareness.
The Associate Dean manages the College’s Junior Year and Junior Semester Abroad Programs, the Bates Fall Semester Abroad Programs, off-campus Short Term courses, and affiliated programs in the United States. Responsibilities include advising students, managing the College’s application processes, managing risk and emergency situations, recommending credit awards, evaluating programs and universities abroad, undertaking site visits, working with faculty conducting Bates programs and courses, helping departments and programs develop strategies to maximize the value of off-campus study within students’ broader educational experiences, and maintaining relations with approved program providers and universities. Finally, the Associate Dean serves as a Student Support Advisor within Student Affairs. In this role, the Associate Dean provides advising and personal support to a group of students. The Associate Dean leads a team that includes the Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study Programs and an Administrative Assistant. The Associate Dean reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs and works in close partnership with Vice President of Academic Affairs.
A full, detailed position description is available for review online.
This role requires a Master of Arts or similar advanced degree that relates to international education and a minimum of five years of professional experience in progressively responsible roles, preferably in study abroad programs. The Associate Dean must have:
Knowledge of study abroad programs and foreign higher education institutions and systems
Ability to determine most suitable study abroad plan for individual students within context of academic requirements and risk management concerns
International experience, either study abroad or living abroad for an extended period of time
Demonstrated success in supporting students from underrepresented groups, including students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, and low-income students
Ability to build relationships quickly across cultures within a college or university and to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation)
A sense of humor and a dynamic, welcoming personality
A commitment to students’ academic and personal development
A penchant for fostering change within complex organizations
A strong track record of forging effective and enduring collaborations with students, faculty, staff and all constituencies across a college or university
Ability to think and plan strategically in order to develop and implement short and long-range plans that meet program needs
A track record as an excellent manager of a team
Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; proficiency with developing metrics and tracking outcomes
Demonstrated strong analytical skills to research and analyze data and information from a variety of sources to make sound recommendations and decisions
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication and listening skills
The ability to set priorities to achieve objectives and to manage multiple, diverse assignments/projects
Collaborative, problem-solving, planning, and organizational skills
Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. The priority deadline to apply is March 7, 2016.
This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening.
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