Bates College — Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Intercultural Education

Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Intercultural Education

Bates College, a leading liberal arts institution, takes pride in offering an education that plays a critical role in building a just society. To help enhance that mission, the College seeks an Associate Dean who will be responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership as Director for the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). This integral role provides direct support for an increasingly diverse community, with a focus on programs and educational opportunities that facilitate a greater sense of belonging and identity empowerment. The Associate Dean will lead a dynamic and high-functioning team of professional and student leaders, charged with creating a holistic and inclusive environment, as well as providing educational opportunities and resources to support students' engagement and success.

Reporting to the Vice President of Campus Life, the Associate Dean will join a leadership team that is unified in their commitment to equity and inclusion. This role supervises two Assistant Deans and a Program Coordinator, as well as student employees. The Associate Dean is responsible for creating a vision and strategic plan to design, implement, and assess a set of robust, cohesive, and integrated programs that foster the academic, co-curricular, personal, and postgraduate success of students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation students. Additional responsibilities include financial planning and operational budget oversight; developing partnerships across the institution; representing the OIE on campus committees and working groups; serving as a resource and partner for on-campus constituencies engaged in anti-racism, intersectional, and equity work; and additional duties as assigned.

About Bates:
Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world. Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

The College's students are deeply connected to the Lewiston/Auburn community, which takes many forms, notably community engaged learning. Lewiston/Auburn is Maine's second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.

Job Duties:

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE), including developing short- and long-term strategic plans.
  • Assure equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism as central to their work and the delivery of services to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Engage in shared governance to identify opportunities to advance equity and ensure effective implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, policies, and procedures.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor the professional staff in the office, two Assistant Deans and one Program Coordinator.
  • Oversee and support the team in designing and implementing a set of cohesive and integrated programs and services that: fosters the academic, personal, and post-graduate success of students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation students; facilitates community and connection among individual students, student organizations, and the broader institution; and provides educational opportunities to students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation students around critical issues of identity and representation.
  • Develop partnerships across the institution (e.g., Academic Affairs, Admission, Advancement, Athletics, Counseling and Psychological Services, Equity and Inclusion, Purposeful Work) to advance the mission of the OIE and improve the student experience.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Campus Life to develop and implement strategies to provide ongoing, structured support for identity-based student organizations.
  • Partner with identity-based student organizations to provide community development and educational programming.
  • Oversee the financial planning and budget management for the OIE. Serve as a critical liaison between college leadership and students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and first-generation students.
  • In collaboration with colleagues in Institutional Research, assess the needs of students and efficacy of programs to advance the mission of the OIE and improve the student experience.
  • Be a visible and accessible presence in the OIE and serve as an informal mentor and adviser for students who use OIE services and attend its programs.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    Master's degree required.


  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant, progressive professional experience in student support, orientation, and higher education programming.
  • Expertise in the field of student affairs and student-facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work.
  • Demonstrated success in:
    o	leading and developing a team of professionals.
    o	overseeing the design, implementation, and facilitation of specialized programming.
    o	supporting, coaching, and advising students, particularly students of color, first-generation students, LGBTQ+ students, and other minoritized students.
    o	managing crisis situations and
    o	building coalitions and partnerships across campus constituencies.

    Skills and Knowledge

  • Commitment to working with students of color, first-generation students, and LGBTQ+ students, their families, and campus support structures to facilitate their academic, co-curricular, and personal success.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and student privacy as appropriate.
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills and the ability to coordinate resources and staff within the college community.
  • Solid understanding of the academic and social challenges experienced by LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and first-generation students in a college environment.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems, computer applications, and social media platforms.
  • Adept at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating, and strengthening partnerships across campus
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices in equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.

    Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

    Application Procedure and Timeline:
    Bates College has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably in PDF format, to The subject line of the email should read “Bates – Associate Dean.” A confidential review of applications will continue until an appointment is made. All applications received by April 1st, will receive full consideration. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Lili Rodriguez, Senior Consultant for Executive Search at K&A, at

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
    Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

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