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Dean of Work

Blackburn College
Carlinville, Illinois

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Four-Year Institution

Dean of Work Blackburn College, a unique four-year, liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for the position of Dean of Work.  Blackburn is one of the ten federally-recognized Work Colleges and has the only work program managed by students.  Students work a minimum of 10 hours per week in jobs spanning the campus in return for an annual reduction of $5000 in tuition.  Student leaders, with administrative oversight by the Dean of Work, manage all aspects of the Work Program including allocation and hiring of the 400+ student workers, payroll, worker training, coordination with student work supervisors, and discipline up to termination from the Work Program. 



Thanks to the Work Program, Blackburn is one of the most affordable private colleges in Illinois with a total cost of attendance after financial aid comparable to the regional state universities.  Thus, Blackburn has a long-standing commitment to access and affordability.  Blackburn’s mission is to link a rigorous and affordable liberal arts education with a unique student-managed Work Program to prepare graduates for careers, community engagement, and lifelong learning.


The Dean of Work fills five primary roles on campus:

  1. Administrative oversight of the entire Work Program and the Work Committee to ensure all policies and procedures follow federal, state, local and campus guidelines; Advise, teach, and mentor work students and student leadership on the processes, policies, enhancement, and management of the Work Program; Facilitate interactions between student workers and professional staff as necessary; Oversee and manage student workers during the summer and breaks; Represent the College within the Work College Consortium, which serves as the interface to the Department of Education and other Work Colleges.


Additionally, successful candidates will possess the following required education, experience, skills, and abilities:

  1. Minimum bachelor’s degree required; Successfully led or mentored the professional development of employees and/or students; Demonstrate a strong understanding of administrative processes; Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, management, and teaching skills; Advocate for diversity and its ability to enrich the student experience; Possess an understanding of student development; and Human Resources experience and/or certification is preferred.

Applications will be received until June 7, 2024, and the confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications must include:

  1. A letter of interest describing relevant experience along with a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement describing what DEI means to you and why a commitment to DEI is essential in higher education today Resume Three professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant)


All applications will be handled in confidence.  Inquiries, application, and nominations should be sent to


Blackburn seeks to build an inclusive faculty and administration that can engage the interests of a diverse population; underrepresented persons are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful applicant must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Blackburn College is an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position.

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