Dean, Douglass Residential College

An invitation to apply for the position of

Dean, Douglass Residential College


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, welcomes nominations and applications for its next Dean of Douglass Residential College (Douglass) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.


Douglass is the only residential women’s college in the nation that is housed within a world-class public research university. By co-enrolling at Douglass and one of Rutgers–New Brunswick’s academic schools, Douglass students experience a small college atmosphere and programs that empower their academic excellence and leadership development while engaging with the University’s rich educational and research resources. Douglass students lead with hearts open to diverse communities and minds clear about social justice and power structures, and experience raising their hands, stepping up, leaning in, and risking.


Today Douglass enrolls more than 2,500 students. The Douglass student body comprises women of diverse backgrounds and identities: currently, 20% of students identify as Black/African American; 18% as Latinx/Hispanic; 25% as White/Caucasian; and 35% as Asian/Pacific Islander. In addition, 21.5% are first-generation college students; 14.6% are Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF); 7.1% are nontraditional ages (23+); and 25% are transfer students. In terms of academic interests, 50% of students major in a STEM field. From among the students admitted to Rutgers–New Brunswick, Douglass aims to recruit 500 new incoming students annually and typically averages 550-575 students including a mix of first-year, transfer, and non-traditional students. Douglass is a supportive and inclusive community that is beneficial for Rutgers University-New Brunswick women and students interested in gender-diverse programming.


Douglass students benefit from an educational track of academic and co-curricular programming that helps acclimate students to college life, excel in classes, create a community of support, and build a resume for and beyond Rutgers. When they graduate with a Douglass certificate, students leave college well-rounded and prepared for graduate school, careers, leadership, and more.


This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a women’s college housed within a public research university with a rich history, a strong commitment to service excellence, and an exciting future. Reporting to the Chancellor-Provost of Rutgers–New Brunswick and overseeing a staff of 27 and a budget of approximately $7 million, the Dean will serve as a key member of the New Brunswick academic leadership team. With the launch of Rutgers–New Brunswick’s new Academic Master Plan (AMP), the Dean will build upon the existing institutional strengths and lift Douglass from a “hidden gem” to an exemplar and thought leader in women’s education at Rutgers and beyond.


The successful candidate will hold significant leadership experience, an unwavering and demonstrated commitment to advancing women for the 21st century; furthering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging; strengthening successful fundraising; and building innovative curricular and co-curricular programs in partnership with administrative leaders, faculty, and staff.  


A search committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive recruiting firm, has been retained to support the committee. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including curriculum vitae and one- to three-page letters of interest responding to the objectives outlined in the full position description) should be directed in strict confidence to:


Lisa Savereid, Partner

Claire Hennessey, Managing Associate

Liz Braun, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status or any other category protected by law. As an institution, Rutgers values diversity of background and opinion, and prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment.