Bates College seeks an experienced professional staff member to serve as The Assistant Dean for Bobcat First! who will be responsible for the Bobcat First!, first generation, cohort program. Bobcat First! is a student cohort program that is responsible for the orientation and support of first generation students from the recruitment of eligible accepted students through graduate school and post-bac preparation and placements. Candidates with demonstrated success with student support and orientation programs that serve underrepresented and marginalized students are encouraged to apply.

This role is responsible for the creation, implementation and assessment of the summer pre-orientation program, support system orientation program, cohort-based programming for first-year through senior students, Bobcat First! alumni engagement, student support advising caseload of first generation students, and the supervision of graduate student staff and undergraduate fellows.

This position reports to the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion and is part of the professional team in the Office of Intercultural Education. A bachelors degree is required, a masters degree in higher education is preferred. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of student support, orientation, and first-generation programming experience. Bi- and multi-lingual candidates strongly preferred.

The Assistant Dean of Bobcat First! has the following responsibilities:

  • work with admissions to recruit, select, coordinate and communicate with a cohort of accepted students from first-generation and vulnerable populations as participants of the Bobcat First! cohort program
  • develop, implement and access pre-orientation program
  • communicate, orient and support student support system members
  • recruit, hire, supervise and evaluate 1-2 summer graduate students (intern/practicum/staff)
  • recruit, hire, supervise and evaluate B1st fellows (undergraduate alum of the B1st pre-orientation cohort program)
  • coordinate all travel and accommodations for B1st pre-orientation students and their support systems
  • serve as student support advisor (SSA) through the office of Carl Steidel in student affairs
  • responsible for all B1st! scheduling and communications
  • responsible for all B1st! branding, marketing and social media
  • management of B1st! budget
  • develop, implement and access ongoing programs for B1st! cohorts of all years and for all first-generation students at Bates College
  • develop, implement and assess B1st and first generation graduate school preparation
  • work with institutional research to assess and track first generation student persistence, success and graduation
  • work with alumni affairs and advancement to engage B1st alumni and donors
  • work with institutional grant-writing team to identify and apply for external grant monies that support first-generation, underrepresented and marginalized student success
  • work with director of institutional training and workforce development to provide professional development for faculty and staff around first-generation student support and best practices
  • keep the office of equity and inclusion and the office of intercultural education current on best practices for the support of first generation, underrepresented and marginalized student populations
  • attend regular professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops
  • travel will be required
  • nights and weekends will be required
  • on-call hours will be required


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 24 days of vacation*, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace. *Benefits may be tied to years of service or may be prorated for employees working less than full-time or 12 months.

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.

Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.

The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, 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.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, CV or resume, student support statement and an equity and inclusion statement.

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 on the basis of 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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