Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Global Education. Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal
arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of
human dignity and diversity. Since its inception, Bates has been a
coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special
commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by
qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students
and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and
obligations beyond themselves. Bates has highly competitive
admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over
half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students,
200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.
The College is proud of its strong involvements in the
Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area,
with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a
beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston,
Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and
cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts
scene, and historic downtown, this walk-able city is 35 miles north
of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New
With this history and mission in mind, Student Affairs at Bates
is dedicated to educating the whole person in a collaborative
residential community. We firmly believe that by engaging the
transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual
discovery and informed civic action, and designing enriching
educational experiences, we help prepare students to be effective
and contributing global citizens.
In summer 2017, the Office of Off-Campus Study and the Office of
International Student Programs were merged to create the new Center
for Global Education, bringing together multiple programs aimed at
supporting students studying away from and at Bates. With the
foundation of this office now in place, Bates seeks a dynamic and
strategic campus leader to work closely and collaboratively with
students, faculty, and staff to develop and implement a strategic
vision to enhance student learning and to support the international
intellectual and scholarly interests of the faculty.
Bates’ off-campus study programs and services have been
nationally recognized with approximately 60% of juniors
studying abroad each year for a semester or longer. While
continuing its emphasis on academic quality, the new Associate Dean
will be charged with partnering with key administrators and faculty
to leverage study abroad to more fully serve the mission of the
college by developing broad intercultural competency and by
maximizing pre- and post-study abroad experiences. Further,
the Associate Dean will envision methods to help students design
off-campus study that incorporates a holistic model of student
development and advances their knowledge, skills, and
self-awareness. The Associate Dean manages the College’s Junior
Year and Junior Semester Abroad Programs, the faculty-led Bates
Fall Semester Abroad Programs, off-campus Short Term courses, and
affiliated programs in the United States. This person also provides
supervision to the Associate Dean of International Student
Programs, as part of the Center for Global Education.
Responsibilities for study abroad include advising students,
managing the College’s application processes, managing risk and
emergency situations, recommending credit awards, evaluating
programs and universities abroad, undertaking site visits, working
with faculty conducting Bates programs and courses, helping
departments and programs develop strategies to maximize the value
of off-campus study within students’ broader educational
experiences, developing pre- and post-study abroad programming to
integrate off-campus experiences into the on-campus curriculum at
Bates, and maintaining relations with approved program providers
and universities. In the capacity of International Student
Programs, this position is responsible for oversight of
collaborative work focused on globalizing the Bates campus,
including advising and mentorship for international students,
partnership between international student support and off-campus
advising, and the Global Fellows program. Finally, the
Associate Dean serves as a
Student Support Advisor within Student Affairs. In this role,
the Associate Dean provides advising and personal support to a
group of students. The Associate Dean leads a team that includes
the Associate Dean of International Student Programs, the Assistant
Director of the Center for Global Education and the Administrative
Assistant. The Associate Dean reports to the Vice President of
Student Affairs and works in close partnership with Vice President
of Academic Affairs.
This role requires a Master of Arts or similar advanced degree
that relates to international education and 5+ years of
professional experience in progressively responsible roles,
preferably in study abroad programs.
A successful candidate for the position must have:
- Experience in international travel, either study abroad or
living abroad for an extended period of time.
- Experience in a higher educational setting developing programs
to support students who study off-campus and on-campus
- Demonstrated success in supporting students from
underrepresented groups, including students from historically
underrepresented racial and ethnic groups,
first-generation-to-college students, and low-income students.
- Knowledge of study abroad programs and foreign higher education
institutions and systems.
- Ability to determine the most suitable study abroad plan for
individual students within context of academic requirements and
risk management concerns.
- Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and
maintain collegial relationships across cultures within a college
or university and to work effectively with a wide range of people,
including persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g. class, race,
nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation).
- Excellent communication (written, verbal, listening &
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad
range of interpersonal situations and to respond appropriately to
conflicts and problems.
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to
synthesize complex or diverse information.
- A sense of humor and a dynamic, welcoming personality.
- A commitment to students’ academic and personal
- A penchant for fostering change within complex
- A strong track record of forging effective and enduring
collaborations with students, faculty, staff and all constituencies
across a college or university.
- Ability to think and plan strategically in order to develop and
implement short and long-range plans that meet program needs.
- A track record as an excellent manager of a team.
- Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and
implement corrective action to resolve problems; proficiency with
developing metrics and tracking outcomes.
- Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities
with minimal supervision.
- Strong organizational skills for successful documentation,
planning, and execution.
- Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer
software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, WordPress
[website], Google docs, email and calendaring.)
- Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus)
domestically and internationally as needed.
- Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, on-call and
other non-traditional schedules.
- Commitment and enthusiasm for student support programming.
- Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier
small liberal arts college.
- Demonstrated awareness of, and sensitivity and commitment to
diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally
and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits
(health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an
additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free
parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and
a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free
Location/Region: Lewiston, ME (US - 04240)