The Opportunity

Founded in 1864, Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering located in suburban Philadelphia, just 11 miles outside of the city. The College’s idyllic 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. The College champions diversity and inclusivity across its campus community and beyond, and it is strongly committed to making education accessible; students who attend Swarthmore are admitted regardless of their demonstrated financial need. With nearly 40 programs of study and the opportunity for students to design their own major, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses on campus each year. Swarthmore maintains 198 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty; sustains a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; houses 95 percent of its 1,667 students on campus in 18 residence halls; sponsors over 100 student clubs and organizations; and maintains 22 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams.

The Position

Role of the Associate Director of Dining Operations for Swarthmore College

Summary

Reporting to and collaborating with the Director of Dining Services, the Associate Director of Dining Operations advises, manages, and monitors the daily operations of retail and catering services, as well managing the dining administrative office, ensuring a robust dining experience for the Swarthmore College community. The Associate Director serves in a critical leadership role with planning, developing, and implementing strategic initiatives and programs that improve operational synergies and leverage talent throughout the department. The individual in this role develops robust collaborative partnerships throughout the campus, ensures student collaboration, markets the program, initiates an active recruiting plan for a diverse work force, develops planning for current and future programs, assists in the budget reviews and planning, and implements and administers the CBORD Menu Management System for retail and catering operations. The Associate Director assumes responsibility of the department in the absence of the Director, provides support for the Assistant Director of Residential Dining, and ensures that the overall dining operation is meeting established standards in the areas of customer service, safety, quality, efficiency, employee training, and the maintenance of positive relations and communication with student residents and other constituents. Additionally, the Associate Director, in conjunction with the Director, provides effective training, professional development, and mentoring for the management team, ensuring the goals and expectations of the department are being met; maintains sound fiscal controls and adherence to budget; promotes strong relationships with students, staff, faculty, and clients; and maintains high standards of food quality, safety, sanitation, presentation, and marketing. The Associate Director manages a staff of 44, including three direct reports; oversees a budget of approximately $1 million, with annual revenues of $3 million; and assists in the overall annual dining sales of over $13 million.

The Associate Director of Dining Operations will

  • provide vision and outlook for the Dining Services program;
  • oversee all aspects of retail facilities and catering operations;
  • liaison for Human Resources and personnel issues, with a thorough understanding of and ability to interpret and apply Human Resources policies;
  • oversee and serve as a resource for payroll issues and execution of the system;
  • support and oversee the implementation of the CBORD Menu Management System, understanding all aspects of this system in order to effectively assist staff, as well as customers;
  • serve as a resource for meal plan policies, issues, and the related processes;
  • monitor and balance staffing needs and costs by working with managers;
  • assist and support the Director of Dining Services as needed;
  • oversee daily operations to ensure guidelines, standards, and goals are being met and continually challenged, including sanitation, safety, customer service, high-quality production standards and presentation, and financial responsibility;
  • direct and mentor the management team to ensure they are meeting the goals and expectations of the department and sufficiently challenging themselves and their staff to grow the department;
  • assist in all coordination of sustainability initiatives in conjunction with the office of sustainability;
  • assist in the coordination of summer operations, to include staffing, menus, cost controls, and maintaining the same high standards of production and service that are expected during the academic year;
  • assist catering customers with special requests or needs;
  • interact with and maintain a hands-on relationship with hourly staff as needed to understand and evaluate all areas of the operation, including efficiency, morale, skill levels, and meeting customer expectations;

 

  • professionally and effectively communicate with and provide information to other departments and campus staff as needed and/or requested;
  • oversee the hiring process for staff, ensuring all guidelines are communicated to and met by managers;
  • be intuitive, flexible, and available at all times to assist staff, students, and clients;
  • monitor monthly financial statements to ensure financial goals are achieved, including meeting with management and chefs to review food, labor, purchasing, and inventory controls associated with their performance expectations;
  • lead special projects as necessary, which may include major projects requiring multiple steps, complex processes, and multiple team players;
  • oversee marketing projects and ensure that Dining Services is meeting the standards of marketing the dining program in accordance with brand expectations;
  • establish a process to ensure accountability of project team members and a method to effectively communicate progress to the Director;
  • establish a structure for managing processes that identify problems, prioritize goals, and report progress and solutions;
  • remain abreast of new concepts, practices, food technology, trends, sustainable initiatives, and issues in the food service industry and institutions of higher education;
  • direct the education, training, and professional development of all staff, which includes revising job summaries and creating processes and procedures for efficient operations;
  • coach and develop the management team in standardization of food quality, nutrition, presentation, and operational objectives, while maintaining budgeted food and labor costs;
  • create rapport among students, staff, faculty and guests and/or clients.

History of the Position

The Associate Director of Dining Operations position was created in 2017 as a part of a new organizational structure to create additional support for the Director of Dining Services and to assist in the management of the comprehensive dining program at Swarthmore College. This position was filled in 2017 and vacated in 2020 due to a family move; because of the COVID pandemic, the position was intentionally left open, but as the College moves forward with the opening of its new dining hall and moves toward a full opening post-pandemic, Spelman Johnson has been retained to assist in recruiting this key leadership position.

Opportunities and Challenges of the Role

The next Associate Director of Dining Operations at Swarthmore College must possess a broad and deep understanding of national trends, sustainability, and best practices with regard to dining, catering, and retail operations, as well as an exemplary record of strong organizational and team development in a food or auxiliary services environment. The Associate Director should be a dynamic leader capable of managing complex situations; unwaveringly committed to the well-being and support of students; and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level at a small, private, academically oriented institutional environment.

In a post-COVID environment, and with a new dining hall coming online, this position requires a standard of excellence, with an attention to detail and a forward-thinking mindset. A strong passion for dining services, the ability to show interest in and understand all aspects of a combined retail and catering operation, and a comprehensive understanding of the changing dining and food-related needs of today’s students are necessary for the candidate to be successful in this position.

It is crucial that Swarthmore College identify a competent and visionary individual who can promote and develop the staff, set departmental priorities, and, in conjunction with the Director of Dining Services, lead an already successful program into the future. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Associate Director of Dining Operations.

  • The new Associate Director will want to quickly build rapport with the Dining Services staff, the Division of Auxiliary Services, of which Dining Services is a part, other partners and colleagues throughout campus, and external retail vendors. It will be essential that the new Associate Director of Dining Operations commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering, as Swarthmore College is committed to building strong, healthy, and mutually supportive relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and strong collaboration is an absolute necessity in all endeavors to ensure success. The Associate Director should conduct a comprehensive “listening tour” to foster open communication, increased transparency, opportunities for feedback, and stakeholder involvement. Relationships and collaboration on the Swarthmore campus create an interconnectedness that fosters a very collegial environment, so the Associate Director should work diligently from day one to develop and promote these partnerships.
  • Swarthmore College utilizes the CBORD Menu Management system, but this system has not been fully implemented. The new Associate Director will be expected to be familiar with CBORD or a similar platform and should work quickly upon arrival to assess the current state of the software, its current level of usage, and the needs which should be addressed through using it. The Associate Director should then craft an operational plan for full and effective implementation of the CBORD Menu Management system, utilizing input from campus stakeholders, particularly students, to ensure an enhanced student dining experience at Swarthmore.
  • The entire campus community is excited about the new Dining and Community Commons that is currently under construction, and it will be the responsibility of the Associate Director, in conjunction with the Director of Dining Services and the Assistant Director of Residential Dining, to bring the first phase of this facility online during the fall of 2022. With innovative new front-of-house concepts, state-of-the-art equipment, an all-electric kitchen, and individualized cuisine specialties at each station, the new Dining and Community Commons will be a grand addition to the campus infrastructure. The Associate Director should come to this role with previous experience in designing, constructing, opening, and/or managing a new dining facility, whether on a campus or in a related role, and this individual should be prepared to educate the Dining Services staff, many of whom have only worked in the current dining hall environment, on the operation of a modern, student-centered, 21st century dining facility. The Associate Director will also be expected to effectively market this new concept to the campus community, ensuring that the students, faculty, and staff are aware of the enhancements and innovations that it will bring to Swarthmore, and will be able to hire a number of dynamic new members for the Dining Services team to staff the new Commons. Once this new building is opened, the second phase of the project will see the existing dining hall renovated and the entire facility brought online in fall of 2023, so the Associate Director can expect to quickly move on to this comprehensive project upon arrival.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important parts of the Swarthmore community, and the director should be a leader in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing these concepts. There are a large number of underrepresented populations within the institution, and the Associate Director needs to be a model for maintaining a strong sense of equity, accessibility, and an unbiased, supportive environment at all times.
  • The current staff of Dining Services is extremely committed to serving students in every way, and they are dedicated to offering the best service possible. The new Associate Director should make it a priority to quickly get to know the staff as individuals, learn their particular needs, develop trust and confidence, provide comprehensive professional support, lead by example, and oversee their ongoing growth and development. With a great mix of newer and more seasoned staff, Dining Services should provide the Associate Director with ample opportunities to connect relationally and to utilize their leadership skills to promote and support staff on a number of levels, going above and beyond whenever possible.
  • The Associate Director will need to be a leader in sustainable initiatives for the Dining Services program, ensuring that programs stay intact and that new and innovative strategic processes are put in place for the institution to reach its sustainable initiatives, which are to achieve zero waste and carbon neutrality by the year 2035.
  • The Dining Services program is implementing a strategic branding process, and this will continue through the next year as Swarthmore rebrands the entire dining program and its dining locations. The Associate Director will be an important part of this process as the initiatives of the new branding are rolled out to each of the dining locations and programs.
  • The Associate Director position provides an excellent opportunity for direct student contact and impact. Many students and student organizations look to Dining Services for support, advisement, and direction. The new Associate Director should quickly reach out to these various students and groups, learn their needs and desires, and develop strong partnerships across the board. Utilizing student input will be critical for the ongoing success of the dining program.
  • Swarthmore Dining Services is proud to be an independent, self-run operation that is not contracted out to a third-party entity, so the Associate Director has the opportunity and institutional support to be creative, innovative, and responsive. As noted above, the staff of Dining Services is extremely proud of the services and quality of food they provide to the Swarthmore campus, so the new Associate Director will be entering a positive and successful environment that is energized, student-focused, and ready for the influx of ideas this individual will bring to the table. The new Associate Director should be prepared to not only provide the same quality food, customer service, productivity, output, and yield currently in place, ensuring that all levels of management are part of the decision-making process, but to also continually seek new and improved ways to serve the community.
  • Swarthmore supports continued advancement and change, and that change can be fast and dramatic. The new Associate Director will be asked to come on board, learn the office, staff, and institution, and move forward quickly, while simultaneously ensuring that the successful programs and services currently in place continue to be celebrated and strengthened.
  • Swarthmore’s geographic location in the suburbs of Philadelphia and nearby Washington, DC, and New York City provide easy access to many opportunities that large, metropolitan cities offer, while still residing in a smaller, close-knit community. Across the board, stakeholders reiterated that they liked working at Swarthmore, are very supportive of each other, enjoy the vibrancy of the College, feel much collegiality, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in the Associate Director role. Additionally, the Swarthmore community, which sports one of the top public-school systems in Pennsylvania, is very welcoming to new members, is very involved with the campus, and remains very open and inviting to town-gown relationships.
  • This is an exciting time to join Swarthmore College and an outstanding opportunity for the successful candidate to put their own professional mark on Dining Services, building it to an even higher level. There is tremendous support from the administration for the Associate Director and the services that emanate from this department, so the successful candidate can look forward to visioning and strategizing with the Director of Dining Services, peers and colleagues, and the internal staff to move Dining Services forward over time.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining the Swarthmore College, the items listed below will define initial success for the new Associate Director of Dining Operations.

  • The CBORD Menu Management System is fully integrated into the daily operations of Dining Services, and it is being effectively utilized on a consistent basis.
  • Strategic and operational plans are being developed and implemented.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are supported, practiced, and embraced at all levels of the retail and catering operations.
  • Strong relationships have been established, both internally and externally, especially with the Dining Services staff, other Auxiliary Services staff, academic and administrative departments, students and student organizations, and the upper administration.
  • The Dining Services staff is working together cohesively as a team, morale is high and rising, staff vacancies are being filled as quickly as possible, training goals are being consistently met, and professional development opportunities are being undertaken.
  • Communication from the department is timely, robust, and transparent, both internally and to campus constituents.
  • Satisfaction surveys show that students are satisfied with the service and options provided by Dining Services, and the Associate Director is recognized as a collaborative and accommodating partner to students and student organizations.
  • The new Dining and Community Commons has successfully opened, satisfaction surveys show that this new facility is effectively serving the needs of the student body, and the current dining hall renovation is underway and on schedule.
  • Creative ideas, fresh innovations, and cutting-edge best practices are being developed, considered, and implemented.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics

Requirements for this position include an associate’s degree in hospitality or a business-related field, with five or more years of related experience in a hospitality setting, as well as ServSafe certification, a valid driver’s license, successful Pennsylvania child abuse and FBI clearance, and the ability to drive a box truck. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree or culinary degree in food service administration, institutional management, nutrition, dietetics, or a related area, with five or more years of progressively more responsible supervisory and administrative experience in a high-volume food service operation that offers a varying daily menu. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive environment and a proven ability to work effectively in a richly diverse community and with individuals at all levels of an organization.

In addition to the minimum academic and experiential requirements indicated above, other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and/or abilities noted from discussions with campus stakeholders include the following:

  • administrative and managerial experience at progressive levels in a food service, culinary, or hospitality setting, with the ability to plan strategically, globally, and operationally;
  • an understanding of a self-operated food service environment highly preferred, but management experience with a third-party food service vendor or experience in corporate hospitality services are also valuable;
  • sound leadership and organizational-development abilities that inspire and develop staff, providing professional and personal development opportunities and promoting unity and teamwork throughout the department;
  • demonstrated experience in retail food services and catering operations, with an understanding of the cyclical nature of this environment in a higher education setting;
  • strong managerial and authentic administrative skills, with the ability to build a strong organization of food-service professionals and promote a clear vision;
  • adaptability in all situations, with the flexibility to adeptly and quickly move from one “lane” to another as circumstances dictate;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and social justice, and a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • strong budget and finance skills, with the ability to forecast needs, project revenues, track expenses, control costs, understand inventory and POS systems, and determine financial needs of the department;
  • transparent communications, excellent public relations skills, and the ability to reach all levels of the College, as well as external stakeholders;
  • experience in and a focus on all aspects of sustainability, including zero waste and diversion efforts;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships;
  • ability to recognize the strengths of the current members of the team and utilize these skills for the benefit of the entire department;
  • technology skills and social media savvy, with the ability to leverage hardware, software, and social media for maximum effectiveness;
  • strategic risk-taking and promotion of creativity in every area of the position;
  • strong marketing skills, with the ability to tell the story of Dining Services, foster new and innovative revenue streams, and promote the successes and services of the department;
  • approachability and timely responsiveness, with a continuous focus on improving the student and staff experience;
  • strategic development of both short- and long-term views around Swarthmore student’s needs, assessment, and operational plans, and effective communication of those plans to the community;
  • comprehensive understanding of the needs of students from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds and their lifestyle choices related to food (e.g., vegetarian, vegan, kosher, etc.), and a commitment to providing appropriate choices for these students;
  • an understanding of food allergies, food insecurities, and other food-related circumstances requiring special attention;
  • knowledge of trends, innovations, and best practices in the food service industry, with demonstrated successes in implementing these concepts;
  • ability to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the culture of the College and the department, accept input from staff, consult management, and then make well-informed decisions;
  • highly visible and willing to get out of the office, attend student events, serve on campus committees, and proactively interact with the campus community;
  • energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, and a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity;
  • a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on new trends and best practices, and lead significant change processes;
  • a comprehensive commitment to customer service at all times and in all situations;
  • problem-solving skills, with the ability to determine needs, quickly and appropriately address issues, and provide vision for the future;
  • the ability to make difficult decisions when necessary and to balance the needs of the people with the needs of the organization.

Institution & Location

Overview of Dining Services

Independently owned and operated by Swarthmore College, Dining Services proudly provides the campus with quality dining experiences in a variety of venues.

The mission of Dining Services is to offer a diverse menu using the highest-quality ingredients, as well as locally grown and produced products when available. The menu always includes vegetarian and vegan options, and the goal is to provide nutritious and satisfying food in a welcoming setting every day.

Dining Services prides itself on being service-oriented, and it is comprised of professionals who keep abreast of market and food trends to provide fresh and nutritional offerings to the Swarthmore students at all times.

Institutional Overview

Institutional Background/History

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1864, by members of the Religious Society of Friends (aka Quakers), with its first classes being held in 1869, Swarthmore was one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the United States. It was established to be a college “…under the care of Friends, at which an education may be obtained equal to that of the best institutions of learning in our country.” By 1906, Swarthmore had dropped its religious affiliation and became officially non-sectarian.

Swarthmore is a member of the Tri-College Consortium along with Bryn Mawr and Haverford College, a cooperative academic arrangement between the three schools. Swarthmore is also affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania through the Quaker Consortium, which allows for students to cross-register for classes at all four institutions. Swarthmore offers over 600 courses a year in nearly 40 areas of study, including an ABET-accredited engineering program which culminates with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. Swarthmore has a variety of sporting teams with a total of 22 Division III varsity intercollegiate sports teams and competes in the Centennial Conference, a group of private colleges in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Despite the school’s small size, Swarthmore alumni have attained prominence in a broad range of fields. Graduates include five Nobel Prize winners (as of 2016, the third-highest number of Nobel Prize winners per graduate in the U.S.), 11 MacArthur Foundation fellows, 30 Rhodes Scholars, 27 Truman Scholars, 10 Marshall Scholars, 201 Fulbright Grantees, and many noteworthy figures in law, art, science, academia, business, politics, and other fields.

Swarthmore, PA

The official date for the founding of the Borough of Swarthmore is 1893, but its history begins earlier with its development as a college town and commuter suburb. Access to good roads and public transportation encouraged the development of its residential and business community in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The 21st century finds Swarthmore to be the home of one of the best liberal arts colleges in America, part of an award winning public school district, and ideally situated in an area convenient to interstate highways, the airport, and public transportation, while retaining its residential character and strong sense of community.

Until the end of the nineteenth century, the area which became Swarthmore was a section of Springfield Township. It had been settled since the late seventeen century by Quakers, who originally were granted the land by William Penn. In the first half of the nineteenth century, it remained rolling farmland, best known as the traditional birthplace of America’s first internationally famous artist, Benjamin West. In honor of the artist, the area was informally known as Westdale or West Dale. In 1854, train service between Philadelphia and Media, the county seat of Delaware County, was initiated. It included a flag stop at Westdale.

This bucolic setting began to change when Swarthmore College was founded in 1864. In the years just before the Civil War, members of the Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends were seeking a location to build an institution of higher learning to serve their children. After much debate, they decided on Westdale which offered the convenience of the train while remaining outside the immediate influence of the City. In 1866, the cornerstone was laid for the main building (now Parrish Hall), and classes began in the fall of 1869. In 1876, the name of the train station was changed to Swarthmore.

Properties adjacent to the College were soon purchased by the persons associated with the College or attracted to the “Friendly” atmosphere. Swarthmore’s first real estate company was incorporated in 1878 to develop the tract north of the railroad. In the early 1880s, the rail line was improved, and commuter suburbs began to spring up all along the “Media Local” line. In 1886, development companies were established to build homes in several tracts which lay south of the railroad in present-day Swarthmore.

The business district began to grow after residential areas were established. In 1891, the College sold a tract of land bounded by the railroad, Chester Road, Princeton and Harvard Avenues; the College Tract includes the present business district with the exception of the railroad station. Park Avenue was opened in late summer of 1891 (after the wheat was harvested!), and Dartmouth opened in late 1892. The first stores on the corner of Park Avenue and Chester Road opened before the end of 1892.

By 1892, a community with a distinct identity had evolved around the College on the Hill, complete with a post office and train station, schools, churches, and real estate companies. Telephone service was connected in 1886, and in 1891 an Improvement Society was created for civic improvements including sidewalks and lighting. By end of 1892, an application for incorporation as a Borough was filed with the State of Pennsylvania. The Borough of Swarthmore was incorporated on March 6, 1893.

With the incorporation, an independent school district was formed. The Swarthmore and Rutledge School Districts were merged in 1955, and in 1971, the Swarthmore-Rutledge District was merged with adjacent Nether Providence School District to create the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.

By 1931, the present boundaries of Swarthmore were established with the annexation of the area south of Bowdoin and north of Michigan and Fairview Avenues. On November 14, 1931, the Chester Road underpass was completed, replacing the crossing guard at the intersection of the railroad and Chester Road. In the 1930s and 1940s, the landscape of Swarthmore was transformed from a rural village to a suburban college town with the installation of sidewalks and curbs throughout most of the Borough. Springfield Mall was built just north of the Swarthmore in 1971, and in 1991 Interstate 476 opened, connecting Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

With a population of 6,318, Swarthmore is in Delaware County and is one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania. Living in Swarthmore offers residents an urban/suburban mix feel, and most residents own their homes. In Swarthmore there are a number of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks, and many young professionals live in Swarthmore. The public schools in Swarthmore are highly rated.

Mission

Swarthmore College provides learners of diverse backgrounds a transformative liberal arts education grounded in rigorous intellectual inquiry and empowers all who share in the community to flourish and contribute to a better world.

Swarthmore commits to this mission by:

  • offering a robust, liberal arts curriculum connecting the arts, humanities, natural sciences and engineering, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs;
  • fostering innovative research and creative production and encouraging collaboration among faculty, students, and staff;
  • building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive residential community that enriches experiences and expands worldviews;
  • stewarding its resources through intentional daily and long-term sustainability practices, honoring its location on the ancestral land of the Lenni Lenape people;
  • creating opportunities for education and growth among faculty, students, staff, and alumni by sharing in the multitude of talents of the College community, exploring the beauty of the natural environment, and actively engaging in the rich cultural diversity of the region and the world;
  • committing to peace, equity, and social responsibility, rooted in its founding as a co-educational Quaker institution.

 

Strategic Plan

Strategic Directions is designed to give the College community a broad vision for the future. Existing campus committees, along with newly formed groups, are establishing goals and priorities, providing a map for implementation activities, and establishing touchstones against which to measure progress. Development of a campus facilities master plan, a diversity and inclusion plan, and an Institute for the Liberal Arts are examples of some of the work that is underway.

Leadership

Valerie Smith, President

Valerie Smith, a distinguished scholar of African American literature, is the 15th president of Swarthmore College, where her priorities have included strengthening and expanding initiatives focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion; supporting curricular innovation; improving the campus’s facilities and infrastructure; ensuring the College fulfills its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035; and strengthening relationships between the College and the region.

In service of those priorities and under President Smith’s leadership, Swarthmore recently concluded Changing Lives, Changing the World, the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in the College’s history. The campaign raised more than $440 million, including more than $110 million for financial aid. This unprecedented support for students will help the College continue to diversify its student body, including by supporting more low-income and first-generation students. Swarthmore remains one of the few colleges in the country to practice need-blind admissions — admitting students regardless of their ability to pay tuition.

The campaign has also helped fuel transformative facilities projects that provide new opportunities for collaboration and community building. In 2020, the College opened Maxine Frank Singer Hall, the new home of Swarthmore’s biology, psychology, and engineering departments. The building features flexible classrooms, state-of-the-art laboratories, and numerous spaces for collaborative activity. A new dining hall and community commons, currently under construction, will not only provide an expanded and reimagined social and dining experience for the community, but its innovative sustainable design will also facilitate the College’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

President Smith’s commitment to sustainability is also reflected in the President’s Sustainability Research Fellowship program. The fellowships match motivated students with small teams of staff and faculty mentors to research, develop, and implement high-impact sustainability projects in a year-long course and associated internship.

In 2020, amid escalating instances of racial violence and xenophobia across the country, President Smith established the President’s Fund for Racial Justice, which supports programs focused on transformative racial justice and curricular and co-curricular initiatives that promote engaged scholarship, especially those in the local and regional communities — improving the lives of Black and Brown people and other minoritized groups.

President Smith is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the American Council on Education, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education, Fulbright Canada, and the National Museum of the American Indian. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College, she earned her MA and PhD degrees at the University of Virginia. Previously, she was a professor of English and African American studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, founding director of the Center for African American Studies, and dean of the college at Princeton University. She is the author of more than 40 articles and three books on African American literature, culture, film, and photography, and is the editor or co-editor of seven volumes.

To view the President’s Cabinet and staff, please click HERE.

Gregory N. Brown, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer

Gregory N. Brown has served as Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer of Swarthmore College since June 2014, and he will be retiring in January, 2022.

In his current role, Brown provides leadership and strategic direction to the business operations of the College with direct supervisory oversight of the following departments: Finance (including Budgeting, Purchasing, Student Accounts, EH&S and Controller), Investments, Financial Aid, General Counsel, Institutional Research & Assessment, Public Safety, Facilities and Capital Projects (including Maintenance, Environmental Services, Grounds, Capital Planning, and the Scott Arboretum), Auxiliary Services (Dining, the Campus & Community Store, Event Management, One-Card, Mail Services, Lang Performing Arts Center, and the Inn at Swarthmore), and the Chester Children’s Chorus.  He is responsible for ten direct reports and 350 staff positions.

Prior to joining Swarthmore, Brown served as Chief Operating Officer (2006–2014) at Barnard College; Chief Administrative Officer at Hebrew Union College (2004–2006); Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller for the University of California, Berkeley (1999–2004); Controller for the city of New Haven, Connecticut (1994–1999); and Finance Director for the town of North Branford, Connecticut (1992–1994). In addition, he worked at Yale University from 1981 to 1992 in a variety of capacities in the Controller’s Office, the Office of Budget and Planning, Internal Audit, and the School of Drama.

Brown received a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and a master of public administration degree from the University of New Haven.

Academic Programs, Faculty, and the Student Body

  • Swarthmore offers more than 40 courses of study and provides the opportunity for students to design their own major. More than 600 courses are offered on campus each year, with 198 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty (100% of full-time faculty have a terminal degree in their field).
  • Student to Faculty ratio is 8:1.
  • Total Enrollment 1,667
    • Men                   810
    • Women   857
  • Enrollment Information for the Class of 2023 Enrollment Information
    • Number of Applicants 11,442
    • Number of Students Admitted 995
    • Number of Students Enrolled 415
  • Geographic Distribution of Students
    • International 13%
    • Midwest 9%
    • Middle Atlantic 37%
    • Mountain States 2%
    • New England 8%
    • Southeast 10%
    • Southwest 5%
    • West 16%
    • S. Territories <1%
  • Racial and Ethnic Identity of Students
    • African American 7%
    • American Indian/Native Alaskan <1%
    • Asian 16%
    • Hispanic 12%
    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander <1%
    • International Students 23%
    • Race and ethnicity unknown/unreported 3%
    • Two or more Races 7%
    • White 39%

Benefits Overview

  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Disability programs
  • Long term care
  • Retirement plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Tuition programs
  • Leave plans
  • Employee assistance program

For more information, please visit https://www.swarthmore.edu/human-resources/benefits-and-programs.

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Swarthmore College website at www.swarthmore.edu.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.