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Deputy Director, Williams-Mystic

Williams College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 22, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, International Programs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors
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Full Time
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Williams College is pleased to announce the search for our next Deputy Director of Williams-Mystic: The Coastal and Ocean Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport Museum. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Deputy Director has extensive internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from daily student support (social, emotional, and financial) to overseeing the operational relationship between the Mystic Seaport Museum, Williams-Mystic, and Williams College.

Williams-Mystic is an award-winning study away program offered by Williams College for undergraduates from around the country, inviting students from any accredited institution to join on an interdisciplinary adventure; a semester-long academic investigation of our coasts and oceans accompanied by original research opportunities and travel throughout the United States. Located on the beautiful seaside grounds of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT, Williams-Mystic is the coastal and ocean studies campus of Williams College. The College is committed to building and supporting a diverse population of up to 24 students per semester, and to fostering an inclusive faculty, staff, and curriculum. Williams-Mystic has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its students. In its combination of hands-on learning, emphasis on applied research, and close faculty-student engagement, Williams-Mystic embodies the kind of liberal arts education that has defined Williams College since its founding. Williams-Mystic is engaged with some of the most urgent issues of our time, including climate change, environmental justice, and international trade. In February 2021, Williams-Mystic, Williams College, Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and Mystic Seaport Museum were selected to partner on a three-year Andrew W. Mellon “Just Futures” grant that uses the sea as a lens to interrogate historical injustices and generate new insights into the relationship between European colonization in North America, the dispossession of Native American land and racial slavery in New England.

The Williams-Mystic Program is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages candidates from underrepresented groups or who have experience working with a broadly diverse student population to apply.


The Deputy Director communicates with national and local partners necessary for the successful program delivery in Mystic and field seminar travel-based operations, arranges at least three field seminar travel and logistics each semester, manages and oversees direct deposit funds for student food and employment, manages and administers the monthly operational budget and purchase card expense reporting for faculty and staff, oversees vehicle and boat maintenance, and creates and communicates the semester and weekly calendar to all WM stakeholders. The Deputy Director also prioritizes communication with key alumni donors and oversees all aspects of the Williams-Mystic Annual Fund campaign in addition to assisting the Executive Director in relationship management with donors for the endowment. The Deputy Director participates in event planning and manages communications needed for in-person alumni reunion preparation in collaboration with the Williams-Mystic Alumni Council. The Deputy Director partners closely with the ED to chart Williams-Mystic’s future development and strategic positioning in an ever-increasing demand for high-quality study away experiences. When the Executive Director is off-campus, the Deputy Director steps in as the acting director.

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 8 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Enthusiasm and interest in working in a higher education environment where close interaction with students, staff, and faculty occurs daily.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a position that presents many competing demands at the same time.
  • Successful experience supervising, coaching, and evaluating colleagues that report to you.
  • Knowledge of non-profit budget tracking and reporting and/or willingness to learn.
  • Proficiency in working with Google Suite, databases, spreadsheets, creation of reports.
  • Excellence in verbal and written communication/presentation skills with multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to collaborate internally and externally, and to cultivate strong relationships with students, faculty staff colleagues and program alumni; as well as work independently.
  • Ability to interpret and apply evaluative tools
  • Professional experience in undergraduate study-away/study-abroad, financial aid or registrar’s office, or in higher education or a parallel non-profit industry.
  • Ability to understand and maintain complete confidentiality.
Application review will begin on May 10, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The pay range will be between $70,000 to $90,000, commensurate with experience. Job band 2-D. Please visit to apply.

Conditions of Employment

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. COVID-19 vaccination with booster or approved exemption and participation in our testing program is required as a condition of employment at Williams.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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