Program Coordinator for the Pugh Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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Job Summary:Dean of the College Division
Full-Time, Temporary, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

This hands-on, residential position provides direct support for the increasingly diverse Colby College community. Reporting to the director of the Pugh Center, this position will assist in oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Pugh Center and coordinate and facilitate community-building programming. The coordinator will work closely with other campus offices to create partnerships that enhance the experiences of students from historically and systemically minoritized populations such as students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and first generation students. The coordinator will also successfully build relationships with students and student organizations and be a visible presence the Pugh Center.

The program coordinator is a 2-year term, full-time, 12-month position. The position includes housing in the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons on Main Street in downtown Waterville. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Manage and facilitate event logistics for the Pugh Center’s pathway partnership programming, such as cohort-building opportunities, informational sessions, pre-orientation activities, and recognition ceremonies
  • Supervise and direct tasks for student workers (e.g. create staff schedules, advise program development, facilitate professional development, performance evaluation, management of time approvals, lead staff meetings and team building activities)
  • Oversee the daily administrative operations for the Center, including monitoring and maintaining facilities (e.g. club rooms, lobby spaces, kitchen facilities, library, and other resources); serve as the primary administrative manager for room reservation requests for the center’s multiple spaces
  • Assist the director in the development and implementation of a marketing and communication plan that raises the visibility of the activities of the Center; this includes designing print and social media materials to publicize events and resources with attention to consistent messaging for the center’s mission such as newsletters, campaigns, resources guides, event fliers
  • Intentionally create a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Pugh Center
  • Assist the director in maintaining the center’s budget management
  • Be a visible presence in the Pugh Center, including on nights and weekends as necessary
  • Participate in programming and gatherings with the Alfond Commons Hall Staff (CAs and ARD) in your immediate building (or area as appropriate)
  • Develop opportunities for connection and engagement with residents who remain in the residence hall over break periods (fall break, thanksgiving, winter break, and spring break)
  • Ensure that regular, ongoing, opportunities for resident engagement are offered through a combination of hosting individual opportunities, collaborating with others (CE staff, FIRs, Hall Staff, other Faculty, etc.) on opportunities, or attending broader on-campus or community opportunities
  • Participate in monthly meetings which may incorporate critical campus partner offices and staff members (ex. Office of the Dean of Studies, Department of Security, Office of Civic Engagement, Healthy Colby Committee, etc.).
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • At least two years of experience in higher education or non-profit organizations
  • Experience working with students from historically underrepresented populations (students of color, first-generation, international students, LGBTQ students, undocumented, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask in a fast-paced working environment
  • Talent for successful event planning
  • Attention to detail and accuracy are critical
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and human relations skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to student development; ability and willingness to work with a diverse, highly academic community
  • Commitment to building a meaningful and diverse community with a keen appreciation for a liberal arts education
  • Prior coursework/training related to college student development, diversity/social justice, gender/sexuality studies, ethnic studies international relations; and/or religious studies preferred
  • Experience using, developing, and managing social networking media, websites and the Microsoft Suite is strongly desired.
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements


This position interacts with students, faculty, staff, and outside constituencies


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Some weekend and evening hours required. Some travel may be necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Program Coordinator for the Pugh Center - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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