Lewiston, Maine
Mar 01, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bates College, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, seeks a dynamic intellectual leader and collaborative campus partner to serve as Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion (AVP). Reporting to President Clayton Spencer, this individual will oversee the operations of the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). The successful candidate will be a highly respected leader with a strong commitment to the liberal arts. As a key member of the senior leadership team, the AVP will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the ideals of equity, inclusion, and social justice are inherent in the relationships, practices and activities of Bates’ students, staff, and faculty. A substantial portion of this position will be devoted to working with faculty across disciplines to achieve inclusive excellence from a curricular, pedagogical, and recruitment perspective. In addition, the next AVP will work closely with senior leaders to develop institutional strategy, implement initiatives, improve institutional culture, and build organizational capacity. The AVP will do so by building coalitions, facilitating partnerships, and garnering the trust and support of the Bates community while also employing strong management and organizational skills in overseeing the work of the OED and OIE.

The AVP will also work with the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty on academic appointments and faculty retention and with the Human Resources department on hiring and employment practices related to staff. They will shape a broad array of campus-wide initiatives and programming that promote a culture of inclusiveness.

Bates has retained the services of the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller, to conduct the search. Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence to: Ponneh Varho, Vice President; and Marc St.Hilaire, Associate:

Bates College is committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and curriculum. We encourage members of historically underrepresented groups to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. Bates is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.