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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:24 AM

THRIVE Director
Posting Number
Center for Learning & Teaching
Job Summary
Bowdoin College invites nominations and applications for the inaugural THRIVE Director. One of the nation s oldest and finest institutions of higher education, Bowdoin seeks an energetic, innovative, and highly ambitious individual to establish and lead a college-wide initiative designed to foster achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition in support of low-income and first-generation students as well as those traditionally underrepresented on college
campuses. A $5-million gift from Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings 83 will provide for the development of this new program to substantially transform the college experience, selecting and overseeing an annual cohort and managing a summer institute, improving and streamlining the academic support resources that the College offers. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the inaugural Director will engage students as well as faculty and staff across the campus, in an effort to put the College at the forefront of student success.
THRIVE comprises a range of undertakings, including academic enrichment, service and leadership development, peer-mentoring, financial support, and the newly established Bowdoin Scholars program. THRIVE will also create physical space on campus where students can gather to discuss their college experiences, learn from one another, and reflect on their academic and co-curricular challenges and accomplishments. Importantly, this space will also serve as a location for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to convene to engage one another around topics of relevance to low-income, first-generation, and traditionally underrepresented students.
The successful candidate will bring a relentless commitment to supporting students and a desire to help shape the future of the Bowdoin College experience. The Director will be highly collaborative and a visible and engaged member of the campus community. This person will bring deep knowledge of issues pertaining to persistence and success for low-income, first generation, and traditionally underrepresented students combined with an understanding and appreciation of a liberal arts education.
Bowdoin has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this important recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm:
Education/Skills Requirements
Bachelor s degree required; Master s degree and/or Ph.D. preferred
Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents
Willingness to be dedicated to enabling students, regardless of background or life experience, to make full use of their potential and possess the vision and energy to help shape the future of the institution. The successful candidate will have many of the following:
A relentless commitment to making higher education accessible and manageable for all students; a dedication to helping students from underrepresented groups and first generation students achieve success
A commitment to diversity, empathy and sensitivity to the needs of diverse students, and a track record of individual action and institutional leadership to advance diversity
Highly developed listening and influencing skills, and a passion for communicating the vision and mission of the work
Experience working with students needing academic support; knowledge and understanding of academic support and pedagogical best practices pertaining to underrepresented and first-generation students
Standard Work Days and Hours
Exempt position requiring the time commitment necessary to complete the job requirements. Hours are primarily Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Frequent evening and weekend duties.
About Bowdoin
Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.
The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.
Employment Category
Full Time Year Round
Benefits Eligible
Pay Type
Background Check Package Requirements
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?
Posting Date
Applications Accepted Until
Open Until Filled
Type of Posting
Special Instructions to Applicants
Bowdoin has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this important recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to the search firm:
Andrew Lee, Vice President
Jon Miller, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.
EEO Information
Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.
Supplemental Questions
Associated topics: assist, asso, associate, chief operations officer, document, facilities, front office, operational assistant, operations director, records management


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