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Director of Fellowships and Grants

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
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Sep 30, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Financial Aid
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Director of Fellowships and Grants
Whitman College


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and especially encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.


The Director will identify, recruit, and mentor students who seek undergraduate and post-baccalaureate national and international grants, scholarships, and fellowships. The Director will also be responsible for organizing and coordinating the annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference.

  1. The Director will act as a liaison to national foundations, establish and maintain a strong working relationship with directors of scholarship programs, attend national conferences as appropriate, and be a member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisers.
  2. The Director will work with faculty members in all disciplines, the Development Office, the Career Center, the Registrar, and the Director of Alumni Relations and be responsible for communicating grant, scholarship, and fellowship information to students and faculty.
  3. The Director will inform and advise student cohorts and individual students about fellowship, scholarship and grant opportunities; collaborate with faculty and staff in identifying potential fellowship, scholarship and grant applicants; design and conduct information sessions and workshops about major fellowships, scholarships and grants; work closely with individual candidates in their preparation of applications; organize and chair internal nomination committees for fellowships, scholarships and grants; and, in coordination with the administrative assistant, prepare and deliver final application materials.
  4. The Director will assist students and alumni in applying for grants, scholarships, and fellowships to support graduate and professional study.
  5. As a member of the SEC, the Director will collaborate on and otherwise contribute to various office initiatives to provide mentoring and career coaching
  6. The Director will work with selected faculty and staff to coordinate the events of the annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference including, but not limited to, management of the application process, approval of conference proposals, organization of presenter panels and sessions, coordination of publicity and the conference program, and oversight of overall logistics involved in presenting the conference.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  1. Ability to work closely and collaboratively with the College's administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and, in some cases, parents of students
  2. Demonstrated exceptional ability to communicate orally and in writing
  3. Demonstrated ability to make positive contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives of the College
  4. Ability to work effectively, both independently and also with diverse groups of people
  5. Ability to operate or oversee the operation of computers and other technology to enhance the operation of the program

  • Master's degree
  • At least five years of experience working in a college setting
  • Familiarity with post-graduate fellowships and grants


Bilingual or multilingual proficiency or meaningful experience using a language that is not English

All Whitman College employees are required to comply with the college's vaccination policy. More information can be found here.


Application review will begin on October 4, 2021.


December 6, 2021

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