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  • Blackburn College seeks an outstanding Dean of Work to oversee its Work Program.  Blackburn is one of the eight federally-recognized Work Colleges and has the only work program managed by students.  Students work 10 hours per week in jobs spanning the campus in return for a $5000 reduction in tuition.  Student leaders manage all aspects of the Work Program including allocation and hiring of the 500+ student workers, payroll, worker training, coordination with student work supervisors, and discipline up to termination from the Work Program.  Blackburn’s stimulating teaching and learning environment, coupled with the experience and leadership gained through the Work Program, results in an average of 98% of graduates in full-time employment or graduate school within six months of post-graduation based on an average 97% survey response rate.

    Due to the Work Program, Blackburn is the most affordable private college in Illinois with a total cost of attendance comparable to the regional state universities.  Thus, Blackburn has a long-standing commitment to access and affordability and recently joined the ranks of 70 national colleges and universities which meet all student financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  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, all of which center around the holistic development of the student:

    1. to advise, teach, and mentor work students and student leadership on the processes, policies, enhancement, and management of the Work Program;
    2. facilitate interactions between student workers and professional staff as necessary;
    3. provide administrative oversight, including tracking and reporting of student work hours and managing the Work Program budget;
    4. oversee and manage student workers during the summer and breaks;
    5. represent the College to the Work College Consortium, which serves as interface to the Department of Education and other Work Colleges.

    The Work Program is committed to strengthening the student experience, and the new Dean will help shape this experience in two important ways:

    1. assisting students and the College as it develops and implements innovative solutions to systemic inequities, better ensuring a valuable work experience for all students;
    2. facilitating student success and transition training for new Blackburn students, including a recently initiated week-long leadership class for 95 student crew-heads and managers.

    The successful candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, have successfully led or mentored the professional development of employees, have a strong understanding of administrative processes, and possess strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, management, and teaching skills.  The candidate must be a strong advocate for diversity and its ability to enrich the student experience; they must also have some understanding of student development.  The preferred candidate will hold a master’s degree in an applicable field and/or a background helping traditional-aged students reach their full potential within a collaborative environment.  Blackburn seeks to build an inclusive faculty and administration that can engage the interests of a diverse student population; diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants should send a letter of application addressing the above expectations as well as how they would promote and support a diverse and inclusive campus and Work Program, a curriculum vita or resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three to five references (who will not be contacted without the applicant’s permission).  Review of applications will begin November 7 and continue until the position is filled.  Duties will begin January 2 or as soon after as possible.  The successful applicant must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. Send materials to Human Resources, Blackburn College, 700 College Avenue, Ludlum 215, Carlinville, IL 62626, or No phone calls or walk ins.

    Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the United States’ diversity. As such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.

    Blackburn College is located in Carlinville, Illinois, a small, rural community between Springfield, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. The college enjoys a positive relationship with the community. Carlinville has been called one of the “Best Small Towns in America.” and is also the seat of Macoupin County, home to the majestic Macoupin County Courthouse. Carlinville offers a slice of small-town Americana, with brick streets around the town square, many parks, a highly regarded public school system, and historical homes and buildings, all while being within an easy drive of the urban centers of St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois.