Assistant Dean - Bates College in Lewiston Maine

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Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Summary & Scope of Position

Reporting to the Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer and working within the Office of Intercultural Education, the Assistant Dean will be joining Bates at an exciting time during which we are employing a cross-institutional strategy to achieve a more inclusive community for Bates students, alumni, staff, and faculty. With substantive experience in supporting Black and Latino men, the new Assistant Dean will play a key role in further developing the OIE as a center of transformative thought and inclusive community building that, while primarily student-centric, also focuses on and actively engages a broad range of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. The Assistant Dean will work in a non-hierarchical team to help create an exciting space on campus focused on supporting Bates community members, especially those from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, low-income students, and members of the LGBTQ community. The successful candidate will be creative, thrive in a team setting, and exhibit intellectualism, curiosity, and strategic thinking. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a highly developed understanding of intersectionality, student development theories and praxis, experience envisioning, creating, and implementing compelling co-curricular programming, and will bring to the position strategic thinking, maturity, dynamism, a sense of humor, and an unflappable dedication to support student success.

The Assistant Dean will be responsible for (a) designing and implementing impactful programming that serves the primary constituencies as well as the larger campus community, and (b) helping to manage the administrative functions of the Office of Intercultural Education, including some budgetary oversight, supervision of staff, supervision of student staff, and college-wide community service. Administrative tasks will include the maintenance of office files/documents, assistance with preparation and operation for all programs and events sponsored by the office, answering phones, managing scheduled and walk-in appointments and, assisting with special projects and other tasks as necessary. Further, the Assistant Dean will be responsible for working some nights and weekends and for traveling with students to and from conferences and events.

Responsibilities, Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities

Program Duties

  • Work with students, faculty and other administrative offices in program planning, development, implementation and assessment of programs that encourage persistence towards graduation for students from underrepresented populations, and intercultural sensitivity and cultural competency for all students at the College.

  • Work closely with OIE team and student leaders in the design, marketing, and implementation of culturally specific programming.

  • Work closely with members of the Bates community in the design, marketing and implementation of campus-wide programming.

  • Provide coverage during evenings and weekends when required.

Advising and Support

  • Provide a welcoming environment for all students.

  • Manage walk-in appointments.

  • Act as a resource to designated student organizations.  

Administrative Duties

  • General administrative duties related to the daily operations of the Asst. Dean’s work.

  • Draft letters of invitation (to speakers, performers, conference presenters) and contracts.

  • Maintain files.

  • Accompany students to off campus events and programs.

  • Maintain confidentiality of files and information.

  • Coordinate travel/accommodations and expense reports for students, and guests.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelors degree is required with a masters degree strongly preferred.

  • Expertise in working effectively with a broadly diverse group of students, with a special emphasis on Black and Latino males.

  • Demonstrated ability to conceive of, design, and implement programming that addresses major social and cultural issues.

  • An understanding of best practices in diversity and inclusion work in higher education.


  • At least 4-6 years in higher education administration (preference for student service work) is strongly preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and work experience with a broad range of issues relating to areas such as racial identity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, first-generation-to-college identity, and multi-faith matters.

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group discussions and trainings.

  • Prior experience with cultural program planning and development.  

  • Demonstrated ability to design college-wide programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with variety of groups, including students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni.  

  • Dedication to working with students from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and human relations.

  • Previous administrative experience in an environment where initiative, accuracy and ability to excel amidst interruption and changing tasks has been demonstrated.

Desired Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.

  • Preference for people who hold a natural affinity and talent for handling data.

  • Prior experience in a nationally distinguished, highly selective, and high quality residential liberal arts college.  

Required Skills

  • Highly developed listening and interpersonal skills, especially when engaging in difficult and potentially inflammatory conversations.

  • Strong problem solving abilities.

  • Ability to fulfill directed tasks within a team setting.

  • Strong organizational and oral skills. Exceptional writing skills.

  • Ability to successfully juggle multiple concerns and tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to demonstrate cultural competence, awareness and sensitivity.  

  • Must be able to drive cars and College-owned vans.

  • Some weekend and evening work required.

  • Some travel required.

  • Experience with PC or Macintosh operations, including hardware, software, and networking.

Application Instructions

Interested individuals may apply online via the link below.  

Please note that an offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background screening.

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Keyword Phrases

  • Assistant Dean
  • principles of human dignity and diversity
  • one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges
  • Maine’s second largest urban area
  • Student Based Deans
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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