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Berea College: Like No Other

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600-plus students from more than 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship valued at $200,000, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Ninety eight percent of Berea’s domestic students are Pell eligible, probably the highest percentage in the country.  They excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. In addition to an excellent liberal arts education, Berea is one of eight federally recognized Work Colleges, requiring all students to participate in a work program 10-15 hours per week in a variety of positions across campus. They gain important workplace experience in the program and earn roughly $2,500 each year for their work, helping them to graduate with little or no debt.

To learn more about Berea’s unique form of work, learning, and service, visit the Labor Program.

To explore more information about Work Colleges, visit the Work Colleges Consortium.


Reporting to the President, the Dean of Labor serves as an officer of the College on the Administrative Committee, the senior administrative body of the College, which assists the President in carrying out the policies and mandates of the Board of Trustees, particularly with respect to administrative, operational, and fiscal matters. 

We invite candidates with an enthusiasm for student development, experiential learning, and leadership through service to join our community to direct the future of the Berea College Labor Program.

While all Berea College employees embrace the mission outlined in the College’s Great Commitments, the Dean of Labor has special responsibility for implementing the goals of the Fourth Great Commitment: “to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done.” In so doing, the Dean of Labor has primary responsibility for the planning, design, administrative oversight, and assessment of the College’s Student Labor Program and student payments.

For further information see the Labor Program Goals.


The Dean of Labor fulfills the following specific duties:

  • Serves with voice and vote on the Administrative Committee, the senior management committee of the College, which also functions as the President’s Cabinet.
  • Build relationships with and interacts regularly with labor supervisors.
  • Provides visionary leadership in conjunction with other campus partners in planning and promoting the relevance of experiential learning and the future direction of the Labor Program.
  • Establishes and maintains Labor Program policies and procedures with due consideration for the College’s Great Commitments, Learning Goals, and Workplace Expectations, financial aid and other policies, fiscal requirements, pertinent laws, federal regulations, and Labor Program strategic plan.
  • Provides leadership for the Labor Team, and trains, supervises, and evaluates staff as necessary for effective and efficient program administration, employing the performance evaluation procedures of the College, and promoting educational growth and the professional and personal development of all members of the Labor Office staff.
  • Develops and implements budgets, compensation structures, payments, classification systems and other components of the program.
  • Oversees the allocation of labor positions within budget parameters to achieve program purposes.
  • Within the governance system of the College, serves as a member of and advisor to the Labor Program Council and represents the Labor Program on other committees and to other departments as needed.
  • Establishes and maintains appropriate appeal, grievance, probation, and suspension processes relating to the Labor Program.
  • Provides orientation, on-going training and assistance to labor supervisors covering the learning goals of the Labor Program, required outcomes assessments, and student labor performance evaluations.
  • Provides for coordination of programs and celebrations that recognize student work and highlights labor-learning-service connections, such as Labor Day celebrated each Spring, convocations, etc.
  • Participates in the Work Colleges Consortium representing Berea College in all Consortium activities, and externally promotes the Berea College Labor Program in other appropriate ways.
  • Takes joint responsibility with the Vice President for Student Life in staffing the Labor and Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Takes on other duties as assigned by the President.


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, or comparable experience.  A Bachelor’s is the minimum required degree.
  • Significant (7-10 years) administrative experience in a higher education with leadership and administrative experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to supervise others; appropriate technical skills; superior interpersonal and communication skills; a service orientation; ability to balance multiple priorities; collaborative work style; experience in program/project planning and teaching.  Become knowledgeable about Federal Regulations (especially the Department of Education’s Work College regulations) and how these regulations must be implemented.

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

Screening of applications will begin Dec. 3, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.