Williams College — Assistant Dean for Sophomore 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. This position is designed to meet the Office’s priority of expanding holistic services to students.  The Assistant Dean position is intended to promote workforce diversity by encouraging candidates from underrepresented groups and/or those with a demonstrated interest in diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism to pursue careers in student affairs.

The Office of the Dean of the College is dedicated to supporting students to thrive. We value collegiality, collaboration, and working one-on-one 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 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. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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)
  • Serve as the Class Dean for Sophomore students
  • Help sophomore students choose their major and navigate with academic departments and meet division requirements 
  • Aid in the development of a Sophomore Year Experience 
  • Assist the Associate Dean in leading workshops and facilitating projects
  • Support transfer, veteran, and other non-traditional students
  • 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.