Job Positions

Class Dean and Director of Davis Degree Program

Categories: Not Region Specific


Deans of Students


Wellesley College

Date Posted:

Apr 15 2022 11:08AM

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Position Description

Position Summary:
The Class Deans are the central academic advisors for students at Wellesley College. Through individual meetings with students, work with faculty members, and collaboration with key campus partners, the Class Dean helps students develop their educational goals and provides advice and resources to students as they make progress or encounter challenges. This Class Dean will advise a full class of Wellesley students (approximately 600 students), on a regular cycle, from their sophomore year to graduation. The Dean also advises the Davis Scholars (approximately 40 students)—that is, women returning to college at a non-traditional age, and will take on other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean for Academic Integration and Advising. In the Class Deans Office, we are committed to helping everyone find their place at Wellesley. We embrace the College’s focus on Inclusive Excellence, and celebrate a diverse community enriched by the varying life experiences, backgrounds, knowledge, and self-expression of the Wellesley College community.


Primary Position Responsibilities:
Advises approximately 600 students on such issues as degree requirements, selecting courses and majors, studying abroad, etc. Helps students to access college-wide resources they may need to be successful. Assists students in using the educational opportunities available at Wellesley to shape and realize their personal and academic goals. Monitors students’ progress toward the degree, reviews records of students in academic difficulty and recommends appropriate courses of action to the Academic Review Board. Serves as an advocate and guide for students as they negotiate the College’s policies and expectations. Supports students encountering personal difficulties and works collaboratively with campus colleagues to help assist them. Works as a liaison between individual students and faculty and student support services. Directs the Davis Degree Program, and supports Davis Scholars in their pursuit of their educational goals. Performance Profile: Proactively engage with student advisees, developing strong relationships in support of their overall development and academic engagement. Collaborate effectively with colleagues within the Class Deans’ Office and from other departments in meeting student needs and helping connect them with relevant resources. Respond promptly and thoroughly to requests for information and services from students, faculty, staff, and parents. Be knowledgeable and creative in addressing academic and personal problems presented by students. Demonstrate a commitment to the College’s goal of inclusive excellence, and take proactive steps to ensure inclusive practices

Application Process

Please apply directly through the Wellesley College's website:

Institution Information

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

Other: Wellesley College is currently piloting a flexwork plan for administrative staff that incorporates both flexible hours and hybrid teleworking components, though all employees must live in New England. All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.

Contact Information

Name: Cristina Degaetano Email:


Required Qualifications


Skills and Abilities Required:
Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and assess programming that supports the overall academic achievement of today’s students, with a focus on first-year students. Demonstrated knowledge of college student and young adult development. Philosophical and practical understanding of issues related to a women’s college. Commitment to, and understanding and experience of, issues relevant to a multicultural, global community. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with students, parents, faculty members, and other campus stakeholders.

Education/Experience Required:
Master’s Degree in a liberal arts field or in education/advising required. At least five years advising and/or teaching in a liberal arts setting at the undergraduate level, preferably working with students across the curriculum. Strong interpersonal skills and a meticulous attention to detail are essential. Preference for experience working with first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented populations.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with first-generation students and/or students from underrepresented populations preferred.