Director of the John P. Chesick Scholars Program



Haverford College seeks to hire a full time, exempt (at least 37.5 hours per week), benefit eligible Director of the John P. Chesick Scholars Program. The Director will lead the John P. Chesick Scholars Program for underrepresented/minoritized students, with the explicit goal of developing this program, so that it serves all Haverford students who are first-generation to college in their families and/or from low-income households (FGLI) .

The Chesick Program, which has been in place for nearly 10 years, has broadly served students from underrepresented backgrounds, including first-generation college students and/or those from low-income families. Current programming includes an intensive summer bridge experience, ongoing academic support, career development opportunities, and robust faculty mentoring.

In the last decade, Haverford has significantly expanded its support for FGLI and other underrepresented students, with the Chesick Program playing a significant role in that development. Today, Haverford's programming in the service of FGLI and underrepresented students includes its Office of Academic Resources, Horizons Program, a Low-Income and First-in-Their-Family Assistance and Resources fund, an Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Now, as Haverford anticipates the Chesick Program's future in the service of all FGLI students, it is seeking a talented leader who can develop the program in new ways that strengthen and expand its impact. This leader is expected to play an active role in partnering with other campus stakeholders to develop broader thinking, frameworks, and resources to advance the success of underrepresented students.

The ideal candidate will be prepared and eager to take on a leadership role at Haverford by designing, organizing, and systematically evaluating broader programmatic strategies that support the success of all underrepresented students. Further, their work will be central to Haverford's commitment to antiracism and social equity, where all are included with an equal voice and stake in the Haverford community.

This position will report to the Dean of the College; the Director will have dedicated administrative support to assist with their role.

Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the FGLI/Chesick Program, including managing and evaluating and assessing current summer and academic year programming and faculty mentoring, along with developing new programming, especially for third- and fourth-year students.

  • Partner with other campus offices, centers, and departments to align the Chesick Program with related programs and services for underrepresented students. An active collaboration with the Dean's Office services is a high priority, especially its advising functions and the Center for Career and Professional Advising.

  • Plan and monitor program budgets and expenditures, including attention to (a) operational efficiencies and opportunities to streamline processes and generate opportunities for more students and (b) resource allocation for optimizing the impact of support systems.

  • In concert with other campus stakeholders, develop assessment and evaluative tools, along with data collection mechanisms, to measure the impact of the Chesick Program and other programming intended to advance the success and belonging of underrepresented students at Haverford.

  • Engage in strategic planning for the Chesick Program, in concert with institutional strategic planning.

  • Work with the Admissions Office on Chesick Program participant selection.

  • Provide leadership and organizational support to underrepresented students and student groups who are engaged in supporting their peers.

  • Act as a resource for faculty and other staff working with underrepresented students.

  • Collaborate on alumni engagement and fundraising with Institutional Advancement.



Line of Report: The Director reports to the Dean of the College. The Program Coordinator reports to the Director.

Education, Training, & Experience:

  • Terminal degree in a related field preferred. Advanced degree required.

  • At least five years of progressive experience in educational administration and promoting academic excellence and student success.

  • Experience working directly with underrepresented students and research-based knowledge of the structures and practices that promote student thriving, including academic advising and mentoring.

  • Experience in designing, delivering, and assessing, and evaluating student programs.

  • Demonstrated strong project management, organizational, written/verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.

  • Deep cross-cultural awareness and expertise.



Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position

  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):

    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds):Up to three hours

    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds):Never

    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds):Never

    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds):Never

  • Pulling (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction):Never

  • Pushing (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction):Never

  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body):Never

  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body):Never

  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position):Up to three hours

  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position):Up to three hours

  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees):Up to three hours

  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees):Never

  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground):Never

  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces):Never

  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary):Never

  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.):Up to three hours

  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., cold water, dust, gas, fumes, extreme temperatures):Never



To Apply : Applications will be reviewed beginning on April 23, 2021, with an anticipated starting date before August 10, 2021. A cover letter and resume that demonstrate how applicants meet the qualifications articulated above and demonstrate their readiness to take on the responsibilities associated with this position, and the names of three professional references should be submitted to https://haverford.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Haverford-Campus/Director-of-the-John-P-Chesick-Scholars-Program_R291 . Failure to provide the required documentation may result in lack of consideration. Haverford College does not sponsor work visas.

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action

In keeping with Haverford College's long-standing policy of non-discrimination, the Board of Managers of Haverford College has established a program of affirmative action. The goal of this program is to attract and retain staff of high quality and diverse backgrounds and to do so without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, veteran status, or other protected characteristic. In accordance with the Affirmative Action Policy, the College recruits persons in these protected categories as candidates for positions that become available at Haverford. The results of the hiring process are reviewed regularly by the Affirmative Action Officer to make certain these goals are being met.

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