Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Intercultural Education

Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Title: Associate Dean/Director of the Office of Intercultural Education

Position Purpose:

The Associate Dean will be responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership for the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). This hands-on position provides direct support for an increasingly diverse Bates College community utilizing excellent customer service skills. The Associate Dean will manage, lead, and develop a dynamic and high-functioning team of professional and student staff, charged with creating a holistic, student-centered environment that cultivates community, connection, and belonging, provides educational opportunities and resources for students’ success, and facilitates engagement with the broader campus community. The Associate Dean will oversee and support the team in designing, implementing, and assessing a set of robust, cohesive, and integrated programs that foster the academic, co-curricular, personal, and postgraduate success of BIPOC, LGBTQIAP2+, and first-generation students. Additional responsibilities include: financial planning and operational budget oversight; developing partnerships across the institution; representing the OIE on campus committees and working groups; serving as a resource and partner for on-campus constituencies engaged in anti-racism, intersectionality, and social justice work; and additional duties as assigned.


Job Duties:

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE), including developing short- and long-term strategic plans.
  • Assure equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Lead and manage an effective student support team, including supervising and mentoring Assistant Deans and Program Coordinator and developing professional development plans for the entire team.
  • Oversee and support the team in designing and implementing a set of cohesive and integrated programs and services that: Fosters the academic, personal, and post-graduate success of BIPOC, LGBTQIAP2+, and first-generation students; Facilitates community and connection among individual students, student organizations, and the broader institution; and Provides educational opportunities to BIPOC, LGBTQIAP2+, and first-generation students around critical issues of identity and representation.
  • Develop partnerships across the institution (e.g., Academic Affairs, Admission, Advancement, Athletics, Counseling and Psychological Services, Equity and Inclusion, Purposeful Work) to advance the mission of the OIE and improve the student experience.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Campus Life to develop and implement strategies to provide ongoing, structured support for identity-based student organizations.
  • Partner with identity-based student organizations to provide community development and educational programming.
  • Oversee the financial planning and budget management for the OIE. Serve as a critical liaison between college leadership and BIPOC, LGBTQIAP2+, and first-generation students.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in Institutional Research, assess the needs of students and efficacy of programs to advance the mission of the OIE and improve the student experience.
  • Be a visible and accessible presence in the OIE and serve as an informal mentor and adviser for students who use OIE services and attend its programs.

Minimum Qualifications:


Master’s degree required.


Minimum of 8 years of relevant, progressive professional experience in student support, orientation, and higher education programming experience, including evidence of progressive successful management experience.

Expertise in the field of student affairs and student-facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work.

Demonstrated success in:
Leading and developing a team of professionals;
Overseeing the design, implementation, and facilitation of specialized programming;
Supporting, coaching, and advising students, particularly BIPOC, first-generation, LGBTQAIP2+, and other minoritized students;
Managing crisis situations; and
Building coalitions and partnerships across campus constituencies.

Skills and Knowledge

Commitment to working with BIPOC, first-generation, and LGBTQIAP2+ students, their families, and campus support structures to facilitate their academic, co-curricular, and personal success.

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 LGBTQIAP2+, BIPOC and first-generation 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.

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 25 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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