Director of Residental Life
Washington & Jefferson College seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Residential Life. Under administrative direction from the Vice President and Dean of Student Life, this educator and administrator provides visionary leadership and direction for the department; administers and manages the student housing program for the College; directs departmental operations; oversees the department budget; sets department goals; coordinates assessment efforts; and establishes learning outcomes and implementation strategies for the department.
CHARACTERISTIC JOB TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manages the College’s housing and residence life operations within the Office of Student Life; provides fiscal management for department budget; supervises professional staff, ensuring efficient operations and programming, and is responsible for compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws.
2. Evaluates and assesses College housing occupancy, retention, and projection trends; oversees the residential facilities to maintain a safe, secure, and healthy living environment; confirms that all room assignments and billings are completed and communicated to students.
3. Develops and oversees residential communities that utilize best practices in student development and research to create engaging, learning environments (including implementation of a residential curriculum that effectively considers all specialty housing).
4. Actively supports residential learning communities and associated first year learning communities in partnership with the First Year Seminar program and other initiatives directed at supporting student success.
5. Ensures the security and safety of students; responsible for crisis and risk management.
6. Establishes long range planning mechanisms; represents the department and establishes a collaborative relationship with various College departments.
7. Negotiates financial agreements with outside vendors and related commercial enterprises.
8. Oversees training of professional and para-professional staff and ensures that staff are adequately trained with proper oversight to ensure that College policies and procedures laws and regulations are followed and that duties are properly segregated for all financial and personnel processes.
9. Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in higher education administration educational policy, educational leadership, adult development, counseling, or a related field; supplemented with five (5) years of related experience in increasingly advanced supervisory roles in higher education environments.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
• Knowledge of college student development (theory and practice)
• Knowledge of residence life operations
• Commitment to supporting the needs of students from underrepresented populations
• Experience implementing programs and services geared towards meeting the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds
• Proven commitment to providing leadership in enhancing an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion
• Interpersonal/human relations skills
• Written and verbal communication skills
• Supervisory skills and abilities
• Organizational/Strategic Planning/Budget Management skills
• Ability to maintain confidential information
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
• Ability to work a flexible schedule
• Resiliency under pressure, de-escalation intervention skills
Applicants should email (please type: Director of Residential Life in the subject line) their resume with cover letter and three professional references to: email@example.com or by using the Apply Now button.
Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.