Associate Director for Academic Success

Associate Director for Academic Success
Department:  Dean of Students
Date:  05/18/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Office of the Dean of Students

Full-Time, Temporary (3 year appointment), Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Colby College is seeking highly qualified candidates for the position for associate director for academic success and we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity. Reporting to the dean of students and working with the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, the associate director will provide leadership for student academic success services. The successful candidate will facilitate the development of a culture that recognizes, affirms, and helps students draw upon cultural, communal, and identity-based ways of knowing, being, and doing to achieve educational outcomes. The associate director for academic success will provide strong leadership to a dedicated team that assists students to become active and engaged participants in their academic success and ensure that each has access to the full range of opportunities to reach their individual potential, while also providing direction for Academic Success Center programs and interventions including but not limited to tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic skill development.

Through the development of collaborative partnerships across departments and divisions, the associate director will develop a mission and strategic plan for Colby’s student academic success services. The strategic plan will outline the following strategies and include these:

  • In collaboration with associate provost and dean of students, develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive student success and retention plan to include strategies and interventions informed by theory, inclusive and equitable practices, and data-informed practices that enhance student retention and graduation rates
  • Ensure access for all students to resources and services to support academic success and the opportunity for excellence
  • Facilitate the development of a culture that recognizes, affirms, and helps students draw upon cultural, communal, and identity-based ways of knowing, being, and doing to achieve educational outcomes
  • Provide oversight of student progress monitoring in order to proactively and, when necessary, intrusively intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers student experience
  • Foster a culture of student achievement, cultivate students’ sense of belonging and self-confidence, integrate approaches that support the interrelationships between students’ academic, social, personal, and professional development through a growth mindset
  • Create and utilize a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver learning support services
  • Promote the continued integration of student services related to the academic experience, advising and academic coaching
  • Enhance and further develop collaborations to ensure access to scholarship and fellowships and to ensure success
  • Re-imagine existing academic success programs including, peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic workshops
  • Create data-driven academic success services program to enhance retention, student success rates, and graduation efforts
  • Create and utilize a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver learning support services
  • Collaborate closely with the associate director of student access and disability services and class deans to implement academic success programming
  • Maintain the continued integration of student services related to the academic experience, advising, academic coaching, and career exploration
  • Work closely with associate provost and dean of studies team to enhance student success in securing national fellowships and scholarships
  • Prepare annual progress reports and program evaluation
  • Develop and lead a student academic success advisory group
  • Keep current on trends and best practices in advising, retention, student development, and student success
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; Master's degree preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years working with college students in a diverse education setting
  • Experience working in a student development or related program is preferred
  • Advising, tutoring, teaching or coaching student in a university setting preferred
  • Experience with success and retention initiatives in an academic setting and knowledge of the entire student life cycle; experience in academic advising preferred
  • Demonstrated experience incorporating creative ways of engaging with students
  • Strong work ethic and high level of energy, flexibility, initiative and creativity
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues and community stakeholders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student service/accommodations in an academic environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups including students, faculty, and administrators

This position interacts with students, faculty, staff, families, and outside constituencies.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Evening and weekend work required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Associate Director for Academic Success - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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