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Brunswick, ME
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Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an ... Read more

Mission: To be at home in all lands and all ages;
To count Nature a familiar acquaintance, and Art an intimate friend;
To gain a standard for the appreciation of others' work
And the criticism of your own;
To carry the keys of the ... Read more

Bowdoin College – Why Work For Us?

Bowdoin is a college and also an idea—

—that if you give smart, kind, young people access to the best education on earth, they will use it to create good in the world.

Bowdoin is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational residential, undergraduate liberal arts institution founded in 1794. It is located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of 21,000 on the Maine coast. Study at Bowdoin leads to a bachelor of arts degree in one of over 40 departmental and interdisciplinary majors. Bowdoin enrolls approximately 1,850 students from across the country and around the world.

Bowdoin offers opportunities in a workplace that combine vision and tradition, value each person's contributions, and encourage professionalism and personal growth.

We welcome you to share your experience, knowledge, diversity, and creativity within our community.

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Bowdoin College strives to provide a wide variety of competitive and cost-effective benefits to fulfill the needs of our employees, no matter what stage of life they are enjoying.

Health & Wellness

  • Free access to fitness center and other campus facilities
  • Top-rated campus dining services
  • CPR/AED Training
  • Ergonomics
  • Wellness Classes

Insurance Protection

  • Medical - Anthem
  • Dental - Northeast Delta Dental
  • Vision - Eye Med Vision Care
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Short & Long Term Disability

Financial Health

  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Generous Retirement Plans
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Life, Work, & Family

  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick, Holidays)
  • Maternity and Parental Leave
  • Events & Shows on Campus
  • Children's Scholarship Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Local vendor discounts

Work Culture

Our "office" is a vibrant residential college nestled in a small, active New England town.

Our location places a wealth of landscapes and environments at our fingertips: easy access to city life in Portland and Boston; the playground of lakes, rivers, and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts; the beautiful coastline; and a plethora of nearby trails for hiking, biking, and walking.
From our distinguished faculty and brilliant students to our dedicated staff and highly engaged alumni network- our people are what set us apart!
Inclusion and Diversity
Our commitment to the common good means we are working every day to create a welcoming and inclusive community. Our students, faculty, and staff reflect different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, religions, and differing political perspectives, among other identities.
Diversity and inclusion in the Office of Student Affairs works to bring collaborators from across campus to build a respectful, accessible, and welcoming community that honors this diversity. Our three centers invite students to come together to find connections, explore issues of identity, and engage the broader community. They are spaced where sudent can discuss, learn, educate, explore, or just relax.
Learn more about our programs and initiatives for Faculty and Staff from our Diversity and Inclusion Department.

It might be that one of the oldest traditions at Bowdoin is wondering where you fit in the story of this place.

There's so much history here that it's easy to stand in the middle of it and feel overwhelmed. Where does your story intersect with those who have come before you?  

Since our founding in 1794, Bowdoin has undergone a lot of changes. But there a few threads that tie together everyone who has walked this quad: a commitment to the common good, a rigorous intellectual life, and memories that last a lifetime. Below are some of the ongoing traditions that help us build and maintain our welcoming community.

The Bowdoin Hello

This might be something you experience on your campus tour—before you even apply. Greeting each other on campus doesn't sound like something with a rich history, but thanks to our small campus and network of paths, you'll end up doing it a lot. Back in the 1960s, Bowdoin fraternity pledges would be in trouble if they didn't give a vigorous "hello" to each other, even from the other side of campus. In the present day, our fraternities are gone, but our friendly greeting is here to stay.

Summer Send-Off

All around the country, Bowdoin alumni throw send-off parties for incoming first-year students, their parents, and families. It's a chance to meet Polar Bears in your area, and to feel that Bowdoin network already welcoming you and working hard on your behalf.

Dinner with Six Strangers

Residential Life had an idea: let's use food to bring together people on campus who may not have otherwise interacted. Now, "Dinner with Six Strangers" has traveled out of the Brunswick border, and has been adopted by Bowdoin alums all over the country.

Ivies/Ivy Day

In 1865, the junior class at Bowdoin planted an ivy plant near the Chapel, and celebrated with poetry and orations. Ten years later, in 1875, the senior class shared a peace pipe and walked in formation to their last chapel service. The day has grown... less and less serious ever since. Now it's Ivies: a campus-wide party weekend that celebrates spring, and lets us unwind in preparation for finals.

Lobster Bake

Bowdoin finds a few reasons each year to celebrate with an old-fashioned Down East lobster bake.

Each fall we fire up the roasters to welcome new students, and to welcome back our returning students. Then, the night before Commencement, we welcome seniors and their families to share in the tradition of cracked claws and fresh corn.

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    The interview process was a lengthy one. It began with multiple phone interviews before a face to face interview with various staff members. All staff members were easy to talk to, professional and friendly. In total it was about a 2 month process from beginning to end.

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Bowdoin College Awards & Accolades

  • Best Campus Food (Ranked #2), Princeton Review, 2018

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