This is an interim appointment scheduled from January 2018 through June 2018.
Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
Swarthmore College seeks an Interim Director of the Intercultural Center and Dean of the Sophomore Class who will provide leadership and coordination of all aspects of the Intercultural Center and serve as the class dean for sophomores. The Director/Dean of the Intercultural Center will have administrative and budgetary responsibility for the Center. The Director/Dean will provide advising, advocacy, and support for individual students and a broad range of underrepresented student groups including, but not limited to those affiliated with Latino/a, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, LGBTQA, multiracial, and first generation students. In coordination and consultation with the Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development, the Director/Dean will ensure strong ties between the Intercultural Center and the academic life of the College through planning and implementation of programming and collaborative initiatives that support and create a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all students. The Director/Dean supervises an Assistant Director of the Intercultural Center, an LGBTQ fellow, and a team of student interns and works closely with the Black Cultural Center, the Women’s Resource Center, the Interfaith Center, and International Student Services.
The Director/Dean reports to the Dean of Students and serves as a member of the Dean’s senior staff. As Dean of the Sophomore Class, they will share other Dean’s Office responsibilities for all students including academic and personal advising, working closely with faculty, and being part of the rotational Dean’s division on-call system, providing emergency and afterhours resources and response. In addition, the Dean of the Sophomore Class will work with the Dean of Students and other colleagues in the Dean’s Office to plan and implement programming efforts in support of both academic and overall success at the College specifically for the sophomore class and broadly for all students.
Candidates for this position must have an advanced degree in an academic discipline. In addition, several years experience as a dean and in academic advising and personal development in a liberal arts College setting is preferred. An informed knowledge, including through academic study and/or cultural identity, of the varying groups affiliated with the Intercultural Center is highly desirable. We seek a candidate with excellent communication, facilitation, programming, and collaborative skills as well as a strong team player with vision who understands and appreciates the intellectual, social, and political development of undergraduate students. Applicants for this position must be willing to live in Swarthmore or a contiguous community (includes Philadelphia and surrounding area) and be available for evening and weekend responsibilities and activities.
Please attach your cover letter to your application. Resume review will begin immediately with an application deadline of December 15th.
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Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspective...s represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.