Director of Winter Study


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Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.
Director of Winter Study
Full Time
Master's Degree

Director of Winter Study

Williams Campus,Williamstown

Williams College seeks exceptional candidates to oversee the Winter Study Program, a graduation requirement that takes place during the month of January. The Winter Study Program provides students a change of pace, emphasizes individual student initiative, and opens new horizons for students to explore. During Winter Study, students have the opportunity to enroll in a course, pursue an independent project, intern at a company or organization, or travel abroad.

The Director of Winter Study will be responsible for mounting the Winter Study curriculum each year. The Director will recruit instructors to teach a three-week Winter Study course; coordinate independent student research projects; partner with other offices that mount Winter Study internships and faculty-travel courses; and staff the Winter Study Program Committee, a committee that vets Winter Study course proposals. The Director will work closely with Williams alumni, who may be eager to participate in the Winter Study Program in some way.

The ideal candidate will be a natural leader, able to set a vision for the Winter Study Program by building strong cross-campus partnerships. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourage candidates who have demonstrated experience working with a broadly diverse student population to apply.

Hybrid on-site/remote work arrangements may be available 1 day per week with approval for employees based in NY, MA, CT, or VT; subject to review and revision as policy evolves.


The Director of Winter Study will report to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Engagement. The responsibilities of the Director include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating a Winter Study curriculum that promotes experiential learning, student exploration, life-planning, and wellness.
  • Vetting potential Winter Study instructors and their courses.
  • Reviewing student independent project proposals and communicating those decisions.
  • Managing the Winter Study Program Committee, whose membership consists of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Collaborating closely with directors of co-curricular programs, cross-campus partners, and faculty leaders to ensure the Winter Study program supports strategic initiatives.
  • Assessing the Winter Study curriculum annually to identify new opportunities for students to pursue.
  • Preparing and reconciling budgets and reports as appropriate.

  • Master's Degree and at least 5 years of relevant experience, with a focus on designing and implementing educational programs.
  • Proven project management skills.
  • Ability to work with new instructors, including those without formal experience in academic instruction.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe, and Google Suite programs.
  • Ability to comfortably present to diverse groups of students, faculty, staff, and college stakeholders.

Application review will begin on May 22, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Pay range is from $85,000 to $100,000, commensurate with experience.

Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable. Decisions regarding appointments, promotions, and conditions of employment comply with applicable federal or state law prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-2681 or email at

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