Williams College — Assistant Dean for Senior Year Students

Office of the Dean of the College

Williams College seeks a highly-motivated, student-centered individual to work as an Assistant Dean for the Office of the Dean of the College, a position designed to meet the Office’s priority of expanding holistic services to students. The Office of the Dean of the College is dedicated to supporting students to thrive. We value collegiality, collaboration, and one-on-one engagement with students and faculty. We believe in meeting students where they are in their development and helping them cultivate skills that will help them both within and outside the classroom.

The Assistant Dean should have a demonstrated interest in diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism in pursuit of a career in student affairs. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. We encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse community. 

The successful candidate should:

  • Share our passion for student support
  • Enjoy meeting new people, making connections, and promoting the value of our office
  • Embrace our commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Thrive in a small, relationship-driven academic environment


  • Advise and provide academic support to students in coordination with the student’s assigned faculty academic advisor and other academic support providers (including meeting with students who are on academic probation, processing class withdrawals, and assisting students in creating plans for academic success, as well as supporting students in crisis and navigating personal matters)
  • Serve as the Class Dean for Senior students
  • Aid the Associate Dean in providing support to first-generation and low-income students (including supporting the first-year orientation program and on-going workshops and events)
  • Advise Williams Firsts student leaders to recruit, train, and lead orientation, and advise student directors and advisory boards
  • Lead workshops/trainings/programs for students related to academics and learning beyond the classroom 
  • Serve in on-call rotation and provide crisis response
  • Serve as student conduct hearing officer
  • Some evening and weekend responsibilities are required


  • Masters Degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of one-year professional student affairs experience
  • General knowledge of supporting students in their academic, social, and personal success 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented organization

This is a full-time, year-round appointment, reporting to an Associate Dean.

Review of resumes will begin on March 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. 

To apply for this position, visit http://employment.williams.edu/staff/. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at hr@williams.edu.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.