Colby College — Inaugural Associate Vice President of the Center for Discovery, Global Impact, and Postgraduate Achievement

Colby College
Waterville, Maine

Inaugural Associate Vice President of the Center for Discovery, Global Impact, and Postgraduate Achievement

Colby College seeks an inaugural Associate Vice President (who will also serve as Executive Director) of the Center for Discovery, Global Impact, and Postgraduate Achievement to lead the realization of a new strategic vision that will enable every student to participate in a paid internship, a global experience and a research experience prior to graduation, while also embedding a sequence of structured career and post- graduate planning into the four-year academic and co-curricular experience.

Colby is committed to creating a new model of experiential learning, career and post- graduate development that is fully integrated with the College’s regular arts-and-sciences curriculum and implemented throughout each student’s undergraduate course and the early stages of post-graduate professional life. Under this new model, (1) all Colby seniors will graduate with a career plan; (2) Colby will be the first institution to guarantee every student exclusive access to a professional mentor during all four undergraduate years; (3) all Colby students will have at least one paid professional internship experience before Commencement; and (4) the new Professional Mentor Network and Professional Pathways Exploration and Planning programming will provide premiere volunteer opportunities for more than 2,000 Colby alumni and parents each year.

This plan to insure the successful launch of new graduates, the most ambitious yet announced by a NESCAC institution, will transform Colby into a leader among national liberal arts colleges and universities in empowering students and alumni to connect their classroom and residential life experience to the world of work and service, while inculcating global literacy and a disposition towards life-long continuing education.

The Associate Vice President will oversee the new Center for Discovery, Global Impact, and Postgraduate Achievement, which will move into a state-of-the art, purpose built facility (now under construction) in the renovated and expanded Grossman Hall in the fall of 2017. Reporting to the College’s chief advancement officer, the Associate Vice President will directly supervise the Career Center Director and will recruit new leadership for Global Experiences and Student Research and Fellowships. The Associate Vice President will have the opportunity to lead a staffing transformation within the new Center to include six Industry Specialists (each to be paired with a Career Affinity Group of interested alumni and parents), a revamped Employer Engagement team as well as the new global experience and research specialists.

The Associate Vice President will assume oversight of the Professional Development Network already in development (including stewardship of an alumni and parent board to spearhead the recruitment, training and evaluation of mentors) and Career Advisory Councils in targeted metropolitan areas to support undergraduates and alumni in their post-college pursuits. Significant endowment funding for the new Center will be a top priority of Colby’s next capital campaign; the new Associate Vice President will have a leading role in external engagement and fundraising.

Colby’s reputation as a premier national liberal arts college—the first in New England to admit woman and to establish a January term—has grown significantly in recent years, following a century of long tenured, visionary leadership, sound financial management and the appointment of David A. Greene, Executive Vice President of the University of Chicago, as president in July 2014. With a student-faculty ratio of 10-1, Colby enrolls some 1850 undergraduates from nearly every state and more than 70 countries. The continuing development of the 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus, begun in 1937, gives Colby an unusually coherent physical plant that complements its natural setting in Maine’s Kennebec Valley, a region widely noted for its comfortable pace and quality of life. Waterville’s central location, 20 minutes from the state capital of Augusta and 75 minutes from Portland, provides a quintessential small-town New England setting that the Colby-initiated Waterville revitalization partnership will significantly enhance. Improvements will include a student apartment complex focused on community engagement, retail, dining, high-tech office space and a boutique hotel.

Qualifications: For this inaugural role, Colby seeks an articulate, confident, resourceful and self-directed individual who is—or who will quickly become—a field-leading liberal arts experiential learning and career development officer, able to realize the College’s aspirations for the new Center. Candidates with experience in experiential and/or international education, university career services, corporate university relations, human resources, institutional advancement, alumni affairs and professional services are equally welcome. A master’s degree is required. A minimum of eight years of progressive management experience is required, preferably involving undergraduates and/or recent graduates, as well as employers and/or alumni. Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, marshaling professional and volunteer networks, staff supervision and development, budget management and strategic planning, are essential. The ability to engage faculty, trustees and senior administrators, to counsel creative, diligent, professionally ambitious and service-minded students, and to cultivate and steward a resourceful and highly sophisticated alumni and parent population, is required. Facility with developing effective assessment methods articulating strategic priorities, and a capacity and appetite for fundraising, are essential. The successful candidate will have a record of working effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds and the ability to promote an inclusive campus and community culture.

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or résumé and contact information for five professional referees who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position. Expressions of interest, nominations and inquiries should be directed to Colby’s search consultant, Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at

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.