The College of the Atlantic, one of the country's most unique small colleges, invites nominations and applications for an experienced and creative student affairs professional to serve as the Dean of Student Life. The College of the Atlantic's spectacular location on the coast of Maine, its rich academic program focused on human ecology and its intentionally small size make this an especially interesting opportunity for a student affairs professional who shares the College's vision and values.
The successful candidate will join a community serious about the quality of the student experience, dedicated to shared governance and the student voice in decision making and ready to lead at a College that greatly values its commitment to the common good. The Dean will lead a staff of five talented professionals, each of whom leads a one-person student affairs department. The College seeks a leader who will thrive in this environment, will value the talents of the staff, and who will work directly with students, faculty and administrators in efforts to support students as they engage deeply in the full range of experiences available at the College.
The Dean reports to President Darron Collins, '92 and serves as a member of the President's leadership team. The College seeks a dean who will model the values of hard work, personal and professional resiliency and appreciation for the environment and the unique culture of Mount Desert Island. The Dean will amplify the benefits of a campus committed to collaboration, social and environmental justice and shared governance. With experience in supporting and developing a talented staff, the Dean will recognize the opportunity to transform the student experience at the College and help students to recognize their own strengths and talents. The hands-on nature of the COA curriculum provides an opportunity for learning inside and outside of the classroom: the Dean will lead in building a co-curricular program that is commensurate with the quality of the academic program. A Leadership Profile which describes the opportunity in detail is here.
The search is running on a quick timeline. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile.
WittKieffer is assisting the College of the Atlantic in this search which will remain open until an appointment is made. To be included in the first round review of candidates, materials should be received by August 15, 2022.
Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.
Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Sheila Murphy, Consultant
College of the Atlantic is committed to academic excellence, cultural diversity, and multicultural education. COA is an AA/EEO employer. Applications are especially encouraged from persons who could enhance the ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity of the College.