Bowdoin College seeks a full-time assistant director of THRIVE. THRIVE is a college-wide initiative designed to foster achievement, belonging, mentorship, and transition among low-income students, first-generation-to-college students, and students of color.
The Assistant Director will work closely with students in THRIVE and will specifically oversee two programs, and play a significant role in running a third program, under the THRIVE umbrella: Peer Mentoring, Chamberlain Scholars and the Geoffrey Canada Scholars program—a four-year cohort program which includes a Summer Institute for incoming first-year students. Oversight of these programs entails the following tasks: creating and supervising year-round educational and recreational programming (workshops and coursework on campus and off-site activities), hiring and training peer mentors, promoting, reviewing and documenting funding opportunities for students, and serving as an informal advisor to students. The AD will collaborate in these efforts with staff across campus, especially those in Student Affairs.
• Bachelor’s degree required. • Ability to create and design programming based on the goals of THRIVE. • Knowledge of the needs of these student populations, especially men of color and first-gen men. • Familiarity with an asset-based framework for responsive and creative problem-solving. • Strong public speaking and writing skills. • Ability to maintain confidentiality. • Fluency in the Microsoft 365 suite and willingness to quickly learn new applications and software.
• 2+ years of full-time work experience. • Experience in college access, college persistence, and/or higher education strongly preferred.
About Bowdoin College
Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.
Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.
Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.
We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.