Project Coordinator, Bates College


Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.

Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.

The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.

The Position

The Diverse BookFinder is seeking a full time Project Coordinator for a two-year period, beginning November 1, 2018.  The Project Coordinator will be responsible for working closely with project team, web consultants and users both on the Bates campus and in the wider world to support maintenance, development and promotion of the online resource and associated collection. 

Specific responsibilities of this position are grouped into three main areas: 

  • Picture book collections, coding and database management;
  • Communicating with website creators, managers and users
  • Diverse BookFinder outreach, including social media development/management, publisher contacts and community engagement.

The Diverse BookFinder is an online, searchable database and associated physical collection designed to facilitate the discoverability and exploration of multicultural picture books.  Our goal is to diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools and home across the nation.

This is a full time, full year, grant funded position.


The candidate for this position will have a minimum Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Education), preference will be given to candidates with library experience.  A successful candidate for the position must have:

  • Knowledge of and interest in diverse children’s picture books along with training, experience or background in critical race theory.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Ability to work at both the broad/conceptual and detailed/implementation levels.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps).
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed (e.g. Wordpress, Facebook).
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational (time, task, project management) skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with people from all different levels of race/culture awareness.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of multiple teams (e.g. IT, Library and Diverse BookFinder).
  • Ability to work with stakeholders, consultants and end users to gather and refine requirements and resolved issues.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally if needed. 
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings and other non-traditional schedules.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively in a diverse and multi-disciplinary academic and research environment.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution after 1 year with potential for an additional 3% match, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities (& more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace. 

Posted Date: 
08/17/2018 to 10/19/2018