Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center & the Oak Institute

Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center & the Oak Institute
Department:  Goldfarb Center / Oak Institute
Date:  10/17/2012

Founded in 1813, Colby College is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation enrolling 1815 students who represent 46 states and more than 76 countries on a beautiful 713 acre campus in central Maine. Colby College is announcing that we are actively seeking applications and nominations for an:


Colby College seeks applicants for Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. The position reports to the Director of the Goldfarb Center and will be expected to work closely with the Director of the Oak Institute.

The duties with regard to the Goldfarb Center relate to many of the most important aspects of the Center’s programming: providing logistical support for the various lectures and conferences associated with the Center, including but not limited to the Lovejoy Convocation, the Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture, the Brody Convocation, the Cotter Debate series, and individual Center lectures; working with the Center’s Student Advisory Board, faculty governing boards, as well as national and regional advisory boards; assisting with the management of the Center’s grant programs including the visiting fellows program, the faculty research and conferences, student research and internships,; the True Life after Colby program, and similar initiatives; and managing the Center’s communications strategy that involves electronic newsletters, a website (that requires continuous updating), social media links, as well as all marketing efforts. The holder of this position will work closely with the director of the Center on all of these projects and with the associate director for community outreach. For the Goldfarb Center, this position will also supervise several student employees who assist in the coordination of these efforts.

The duties with regard to the Oak Institute include facilitating the on-campus experience of and coordinating the annual search for the Oak Fellow. The successful applicant will be responsible for welcoming the Oak Fellow and his or her family to the campus and community at the start of the academic year and handling all logistics related to the Fellow’s arrival and orientation; coordinating logistics related to monthly Oak lectures and/or any symposia during the Oak Fellow’s visit; organizing other events on campus and in the community in which the Oak Fellow is involved; and for serving as the liaison between the Oak Fellow and the College and wider community. The assistant director will advertise the fellowship in appropriate journals and newsletters, through mailing the Oak brochure to a mailing list developed for that purpose, via email dissemination of the announcement, and using the communications capabilities of human rights sections of various professional organizations; network with human rights organizations; and field questions that may arise as a result of the search; and provide organizational support to the search committee as it reviews, interviews, and selects the Fellow. For the Oak Institute, this position supervises a student research assistant during the summer and two student positions in the fall (the Oak fellow student research assistant and the Oak student worker responsible for support with the next year’s search), and advises the Oak student committee in partnership with the director.

Qualifications for this position include at least a four-year college degree; excellent writing, editing and communication skills, the ability and flexibility to handle and coordinate many projects simultaneously; large event planning; familiarity with social media communications; and elementary understanding of budgeting procedures and practices.

Interested candidates may apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button below or please submit your letter of application, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:

Assistant Director of the Goldfarb Center - Search Committee
Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

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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