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Colby College seeks inquiries, applications and nominations for the position of Assistant/Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Life (AD/DCL). Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the AD/DCL provides leadership, management, and strategic direction to the Office of Campus Life.

colby-college_1About the College

Founded in 1813, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, is one of the nation's oldest and best independent liberal arts colleges, enrolling approximately 1,825 students. Colby is a national leader in research and project-based undergraduate learning, and the depth of student-faculty interaction and collaboration is unparalleled. Colby embraces and honors a 200 year tradition of fostering intellectual and personal growth with graduates emerging as conscientious, committed, courageous and inspired leaders ready to make a profound impact on their world. Colby is a national leader in environmental sustainability and education with award-winning campus greening initiatives and academic program. For more information about the College, please visit the Colby web site:

About the Position

Serving as a member of the senior management team for the Division of Student Affairs, this is a unique opportunity for a high-energy person with a shared leadership approach to maximize the talents of a strong staff in creating a vibrant and engaging campus community. The AD/DCL is responsible for staff supervision of three professional and one full-time support staff member, management of the Campus Life and student programming budgets in excess of $500,000/year, and oversees residential education and housing, student activities and engagement, and leadership programs. The AD/DCL will play a vital leadership role in the ongoing evolution and implementation of the College’s comprehensive plan for residential living and learning.

Major areas of responsibility include:images

*Develop, articulate, and execute comprehensive implementation plans for residential education, student activities and involvement, and leadership education programs consistent with the strategic vision for the Division of Student Affairs;

*Lead Office of Campus Life initiatives to enhance and support Colby’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity education;

*Collaborate with faculty and administrative staff to realize key student learning outcomes around life skills development, understanding democracy and civic engagement, and leadership education;

*Oversee management of all residential education and housing functions, including but not limited to: residence-based programming; hiring, training, and supervising student hall staff; housing selection and management; facilities oversight; and faculty residents program;

*Oversee management of all student activities and involvement programs, including but not limited to: advising student government and programming boards, training, advising, and overseeing allocation of student government funds to over 120 recognized clubs and organizations;

*Serve as primary advisor to the student newspaper, student radio station, and yearbook;

*Oversee management of leadership education programs;

*Co-direct first-year orientation programs;

*Participate in management of several major events including first-year   convocation, the student awards assembly, senior week, and commencement;

*Support the Senior Associate Dean in management of student conduct and discipline.


The Successful CandidateColby-College-vs-Southern-L

A bachelor’s degree with considerable experience in the Student Affairs units reflected in this announcement is required. However, the preferred candidate will possess an advanced degree with seven years of progressive leadership experience in a senior student affairs staff position. He or she must have a comprehensive knowledge of the issues and opportunities of a private residential college, a commitment to furthering a high level of cooperation between student affairs and academics, and a willingness to continue to develop the College’s already strong student affairs program.

The successful candidate must have evidence of depth of experience with organizational change as well as a proven ability to achieve buy-in and ownership of change. The incumbent will also have a strong record of achievements in such areas as conflict resolution, residential and housing services, and quality co-curricular programming. Candidates must have a results-oriented approach to Student Affairs and a reputation among students that reflects a deep personal and professional commitment to participating with students in the life of the campus. It is essential that candidates have a track record of success in working with all financial aspects and management of student affairs related facilities and services. Evidence of collaborative work with all areas of an institution and exemplary communication skills are also required. A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence is a must.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send a letter of application that relates the applicant’s skills and experiences to the qualifications for the position, curriculum vitae that includes notable achievements, and contact information for five references who are able to speak to the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to this position.  The packet should be sent electronically to The subject line in email should be ADDCL. The process will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Confidential inquiries will be received at (585) 366-4329.  Confidentiality will be maintained and references will not be contacted without prior approval of the candidate.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or veteran’s status in employment or in our educational programs. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.

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