Class Dean for First Year Students and Programs

Class Dean for First Year Students and Programs
Department:  Dean of Studies
Date:  04/07/2020


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 Studies

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Colby is seeking a highly qualified candidate for the position of class dean for first year students and programs. Reporting to the assistant dean of students and director of the dean of studies office, the class deans are responsible for a comprehensive program of advising and class management in the context of a liberal arts setting. Class deans collaborate with faculty, staff, and community members to support equitable, inclusive, and sustainable learning environments and contribute to the College’s goal of creating a culture of well-being by helping students develop the tools to live healthy and purposeful lives. Developing strong partnerships across campus, the class dean works closely with campus offices, including Counseling Services, Health Services, wellness, Office of Campus Life, student conduct, Colby Center for Teaching and Learning, learning consultants, Farnham Writers’ Center, Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Services, Office of Off-Campus Study, and DavisConnects to both inform and enhance resources and services in support of student learning and engagement. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Serve as one of three class deans providing academic, personal, and administrative advice and counsel to a class of students
  • Serve as a point of contact for parents, faculty members, coaching staff, and other campus colleagues with academic and/or personal concerns about first year students
  • Coordinate with campus partners to support first generation to college students, transfer students, and other special populations
  • Monitor student academic progress and provide appropriate interventions and referrals to support resources
  • Consult with faculty on individual student concerns and academic progress
  • Provide advising to students academically at-risk or students with learning disabilities in consultation with the associate dean of students and director of the dean of studies office, learning success coordinator, associate director of student access and disability services, and learning consultants
  • Serve on the Dean-on-Call evening and weekend rotation throughout the academic year and summer
  • Consult regularly with Counseling Services and Health Services in support of individual students
  • Collaborate with other deans, Colby Center for Teaching and Learning, Farnham Writers’ Center, research librarians, and learning consultants to enhance individual support to ensure student success
  • Support students in addressing personal issues that may be a barrier to academic success; refer students to appropriate campus and community resources
  • Assist in the planning and execution of new student orientation and the global entry semester program orientation
  • Communicate relevant policies, procedures, and practices to students, faculty, and staff
  • Collaborate with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Office of the Dean of Students, and Office of Campus Life to enhance new student orientation and communication with new students and other transition and support programs
  • Partner with the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Faculty and Office of the Registrar in support of first-year advising; assign first year advisors and train and develop resource materials for advisors
  • Coordinate communication and support first year academic advising and faculty advisors
  • Collaborate with class deans and Colby Center for Teaching and Learning to develop and implement academic support and success programs and initiatives
  • Assist with event coordination including Student Awards Program and scholarship receptions
  • Develop first year specific workshops and programs
  • Ensure appropriate advisement record keeping and maintenance of case notes; ensure implementation of student retention strategies
  • Maintain case files and confidential student records in accordance with FERPA and College policy
  • Keep current on trends and best practices in advising, retention, student development, and student success
  • Represent the Office of the Dean of Studies on various campus and community committees
  • 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
  • 5 years of increasingly responsible experience in teaching and/or advising in higher education, preferably working with students in a liberal arts setting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated problem-solving and dispute resolution; mediation skills a plus
  • Strong organizational skills and expertise in planning, implementing, and evaluating student services
  • Must have knowledge of student life issues that affect student success such as mental health, disabilities, sexual harassment and assault, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), analytical ability, sound judgment, and the ability to handle difficult situations with sensitivity and objectivity
  • Talent to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, parents, alumni, and other campus colleagues
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team, establish priorities, and work collaboratively as a member of a diverse community

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 hours are 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:

Class Dean for First Students and Programs - 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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