Assistant Dean (First Generation & Bobcat First)

Title: Assistant Dean (First Generation & Bobcat First)

Position Purpose:

The Assistant Dean will be responsible for leading comprehensive and holistic support services and programming for first-generation students, including directing all aspects of the Bobcat First cohort program. This hands-on position provides direct support for an increasingly diverse Bates College community utilizing excellent customer service skills. The Assistant Dean will develop, implement, and assess programming that addresses first-generation student needs, interests, and concerns, with attention to intersectionality. Working collaboratively with other professional and student staff in the OIE, the Assistant Dean is charged with creating a holistic, student-centered environment that cultivates community and belonging, provides resources for students’ personal and academic success, and connects students to opportunities for campus engagement. Additional responsibilities include: serving as a Student Support Advisor and case manager as assigned; supervising student workers, as assigned; and serving as a resource and partner for on-campus constituencies supporting first-generation students and engaged in equity, anti-racism, intersectionality, and social justice work.


Job Duties:

  • Develop, implement, and assess dynamic and holistic programming to foster a sense of community and belonging, facilitate student success, and assist in personal and academic development of first-generation students.
  • Assure equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Bobcat First cohort program (BFirst), including the pre-orientation program.
  • Build partnerships with Admissions and Student Financial Services to smoothly transition first-generation students from admission to campus.
  • Serve as Student Support Advisor and case manager for first-generation students, including all BFirst students.
  • In partnership with the Associate Dean, design and implement BIPOC student programming, particularly around the intersection of BIPOC and first-generation identities.
  • Develop, implement, and assess a student financial literacy curriculum in conjunction with Student Financial Services.
  • Design and facilitate training for other Student Support Advisors to bolster inclusive advising practices.
  • Build and nurture partnerships with faculty, academic departments, academic support services, and the office of the dean of faculty to provide effective and coordinated programs to support academic, co-curricular, and personal success and development of first-generation students.
  • Be a visible and accessible presence in the OIE, including on nights and weekends as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:


Master’s degree required.


Minimum of 4 years of relevant, progressive professional experience in student support, orientation, and higher education programming.
Expertise in the field of student affairs and student-facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work.
Experience and demonstrated success with:
Program design and implementation, with special emphasis on programs for first-generation students;
Supporting, coaching, and advising students with a variety of identities and lived experiences;
Working with minoritized student populations;
Producing intersectional programming for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, South Asian, and other students of color; and
Crisis management.

Skills and Knowledge

Commitment to working with first-generation students, their families, and campus support structures to facilitate their academic, co-curricular, and personal success and development.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and student privacy as appropriate.
Effective interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and the ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
Solid understanding of the academic and social challenges experienced by first-generation students and other marginalized students in a college environment.
Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
Proficiency in basic data management systems, computer applications, and social media platforms.
Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings.
Demonstrated commitment to practices in equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

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.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at .

About Bates:

Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.


Advertised: Mar 26 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:

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