Job Details

Colby College
  • Position Number: 3392113
  • Location: Waterville, ME
  • Position Type: Deans - Education

Please apply through Colby's application portal.



  • Advising & Experiences (55%)

  • Serve as the primary advisor to students and alumni interested in areas of education and community engagement, helping them assess interests, explore opportunities, and refine plans leading to post-graduate success

  • Provide guidance on industry-specific resumes, cover letters, networking, and interview techniques

  • Guide students to pursue individualized pathways that include participation in DavisConnects' portfolio of "universal experiences": internships, research, and global projects

  • Advise additional students who are committed to exploration and have not yet defined their areas of career interest

  • Facilitate workshops and manage programs for target populations, including industry-focused alumni panels, off-campus job treks (off-campus opportunities to explore career industries across the US), and topical workshops and industry forums

  • Advocate for underrepresented groups and diversity in education and community engagement professions

  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice

  • Connections (25%)

    • In consultation with the director of advising and the director of alumni and employer connections:

      • Build and nurture relationships with academic departments, student groups, and other campus entities to ensure inclusion and access to education and community-engagement career preparation and recruiting at Colby

      • Develop and sustain relationships with working professionals in Colby's global community who are committed to students' career development in education and community engagement

      • Establish an advisory group of 8-12 working professionals in Colby's global community to provide guidance about current trends and future opportunities associated with careers in education and community engagement

    Operations and Administration(20%)

    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research to assess program effectiveness in pursuit of continuous improvement

    • Attend division, department, and team meetings; serve on College committees as needed

    • Manage case files and other essential records


    • Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in education and experience in a related field; advanced coursework or Master's degree a plus

    • Knowledge of liberal arts model required

    • Commitment to working with a diverse, global student population at a top liberal arts college required

    • Experience in advising and/or mentorship strongly preferred

    • Ability to interact effectively with multiple constituents including students, faculty, alumni, parents, and employers

    • Experience organizing, marketing, and executing events

    • Exceptional oral and written communication skills combined with a professional demeanor

    • Highly organized with extreme attentiveness to detail related to managing multiple tasks and projects simultaneously

    • Strong creative, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

    • Constructive, and positive approach to work

    • Self-motivated, flexible and responsive work ethic

    • Ability to manage multiple tasks among competing priorities and meet deadlines

    • Attention to detail and accuracy are critical

    • Proficiency in database systems as well as Google/Microsoft Office suites

    • Valid driver's license required and must meet Colby's Fleet Safety Policy requirements


    Reporting to the director of advising, this position will actively engage with a variety of campus constituents including the dean of student and global advancement, colleagues in DavisConnects, colleagues in college advancement, staff in the division of the dean of the college, academic faculty, as well as members of the global Colby Network.

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