Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.
Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college’s commitment to academic excellence, intellectual exploration, inclusivity, and engaged citizenship defines its character.
Bates offers a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. 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 about 2,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The student body represents 44 states and 53 countries; approximately 23 percent are domestic students of color, 7 percent of students are international, and 13 percent of all students are first generation to college.
The College has 210 faculty members and 750 staff and administrative employees. As one of the top employers in the state, Bates recruits its faculty and staff nationally, regionally, and locally. They consist of diverse individuals with a broad range of intellectual, professional, and personal experience.
Bates is proud of its deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, an urban center with a demographically diverse population of approximately 65,000 people. With a rich industrial past, Lewiston/ Auburn has seen great transition in the last 30 years and offers opportunities for cultural enrichment and meaningful community-engaged learning and leadership. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, a small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Faculty, the Director will oversee the stewardship, educational, and partnership-building work of the college at and through these two important sites, and be responsible for their day-to-day operations. This includes working with researchers working in the area, overseeing summer residencies and teaching an annual class during the college’s Short Term semester in May, and organizing annual residencies at Shortridge.
Key accountabilities include managing the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and Shortridge on behalf of Bates College, developing and sustaining opportunities for environmental and educational partnership and learning related to BMMCA and Shortridge, and Academic Activities, comprising of the following:
Identify and write grants, to support research and monitoring activities, and to benefit Shortridge.
Implement awarded funds.
Participate with college faculty regarding coastal and climate education; writing and publication as time allows; participate in professional organizations consistent with furthering the BMMCA/Shortridge missions (e.g., The Organization of Biological Field Stations, The Natural History Institute, editorial boards and more.).
Teach a class largely on site at BMMCA and Shortridge, during Bates’ Short Term in May each year.
The successful candidate must have Master’s Degree; PhD in an area relevant to coastal research preferred. A valid driver’s license is required.
The ideal candidate will have:
Prior grant writing experience preferred.
Prior teaching experience preferred.
Prior supervisory experience preferred.
Familiarity with the academic environment.
Experience in collaborative decision making.
Desirable areas of experience or expertise include program and/or facilities management, relationship-building, education, and environmental engagement.
Familiarity with the State of Maine and the Phippsburg Peninsula are preferred, as is a familiarity with both academic and environmental-stewardship cultures.
Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation).
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Impeccable organizational skills (time, task, project management) and ability to coordinate resources and staff within the College community.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. Must be flexible, collaborative, and have a positive attitude.
Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Wordpress).
Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train, or bus) domestically and internationally as needed.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings, and other non-traditional schedules.
Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Position requires the successful completion of a background check and driving history.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 18 days of paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)
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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About Bates College
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.