Second Year Class Dean and Director of Transfer Advising

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the new position of Second Year Class Dean and Director of Transfer Advising.  The position is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Dean for Student Success and Vice-President for Student Life & Dean of Students.  The Class Dean will provide programmatic and individualized holistic support and advising for all second-year and new transfer students; support recruitment and transition to Allegheny College for new transfer students; and advise the Dean for Student Success and Vice-President for Student Life & Dean of Students on all matters relating to second-year and new transfer student success. This is a brand new position and an opportunity to help build an exciting program

Essential Functions

  • Work directly with second year and new transfer students as a mentor and secondary adviser (in addition to their faculty adviser).
  • In collaboration with faculty advisors, advise and mentor second-year and new transfer students to develop discrete curricular, co-curricular, and personal goals as advocates for their well-being and success.
  • Participate in responding to Academic Alerts for second-year and new transfer students under the direction of the Associate Dean for Student Success.
  • Work with Enrollment to recruit new transfer students to Allegheny College.
  • In coordination with the Allegheny Bound Core Team, ensure that the needs and interests of new transfer students are represented in New Student orientation, as appropriate.
  • In coordination with the Allegheny Bound Core Team, oversee summer communication to all entering transfer students and families.
  • Serve on the senior leadership team of the Office of Student Success.
  • In coordination with the senior leadership team of the Office of Student Success and other stakeholders, develop and sustain training and professional development activities for academic and other advisors.
  • In coordination with the senior leadership team of the Office of Student Success and other stakeholders, develop and maintain a comprehensive plan for assessing student outcomes and the success of individual programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.A. required; Ph.D. preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of related/applicable work experience required, preferably in higher education, with background in academic advising, teaching, or related field.
  • Must be willing to work during the summer months; weekend and evening work will occasionally be required.


Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.


Posted 3/30/21