Whittier College — Assistant Dean of the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development

Whittier College
Whittier, California

Assistant Dean of the Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development

The Weingart Center for Career and Professional Development at Whittier College seeks to build a culture of career-services professionalism and to situate career discernment and readiness at the center of undergraduate life. The College now seeks a new Assistant Dean to lead the Center and further its goals.

Established in 1887, Whittier is a residential, four-year liberal arts and sciences institution that prepares students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. While non-denominational since the 1940s, Whittier takes pride in the social values of its Quaker heritage—respect for the individual, freedom of conscience, integrity, justice, service and internationalism.

Today, Whittier is a vanguard of the 21st century society, with more than half of its undergraduates coming from historically underrepresented ethnic and international groups, making the College one of the most successfully diverse small private liberal arts colleges and a model for the nation. Both the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report have featured Whittier in its “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” listings, and U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked Whittier among the top liberal arts colleges for “Ethnic Diversity.” Whittier is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, and Whittier’s graduation rate for Latino students is among the best in the nation. The College also qualifies for the designation of an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). In addition, approximately 40% of Whittier students represent the first member of their family to attend college.

Regardless of department or program, Whittier offers its students the opportunity to work in an intimate and collaborative learning environment where new and renovated classroom, laboratory, library and student-activities spaces enhance the impact of Whittier’s 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Whittier faculty members are notable in their devotion to the formation of students not only as scholars but as community members who will graduate possessing the cultural capital necessary to be active and true citizens, both locally and globally, while also equipped to enjoy the well-rounded, informed life that is a marker of a liberal arts education.

These distinctions make Whittier College’s Assistant Deanship an attractive situation for an ambitious career-services professional interested in working with faculty to serve a diverse group of liberal arts and sciences students and alumni, while also meeting the particular needs of students who are first generation or from historically underrepresented groups. Whittier’s distinction as a college community that is self-contained but also part of the nation’s second largest metropolitan area, with easy access to beaches, mountains and every sort of recreation, makes this a rare opportunity.

The Assistant Dean has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Weingart Center’s team, programs, expansion and execution of mission goals. The Assistant Dean will report to the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students with dotted-line reporting to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. The Assistant Dean will supervise three professional staff and numerous work-study students.

Qualifications: Whittier 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 Weingart Center. Candidates with experience in experiential education, liberal arts or professional school career services, corporate university relations, human resources, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, and professional services are welcome. A graduate degree is required. A minimum of five years of progressive management experience is required, involving undergraduates and/or recent graduates in their career planning, 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 students who are both professionally aspirational and service minded, and to cultivate and steward a devoted 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 Whittier’s search consultant, Mr. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, LLC, at chuck@cvoboyle.com, who will furnish an internal position description upon request.

Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law.