About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus.
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Vassar is seeking a dynamic practitioner to serve as Director of Residential Life. Vassar College's Residential Life program serves the needs of approximately 2,400 students through a system of nine residential houses, one co-operative and three apartment-style communities. Providing students with an environment that encourages them to 'master the art of living cooperatively' is an integral part of the mission of Vassar College. Operating within a collegiate structure model, informed by shared governance, House Teams include live-in professionals (House Advisors), students, both elected and selected, and professors as House Fellows. The residential program emphasizes student success and growth, emotional and physical wellness, effective interpersonal communication, pluralism, and inclusion. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director is responsible for the overall supervision and management of the residential houses and apartment areas, supported by professionals, faculty families, and approximately 200 student leaders. The role directly supervises a full-time Associate Director, a Coordinator of Residential Operations, and an administrative assistant. The Director is responsible for all administrative, budgetary, educational and environmental activities for the residential life program.
Implementing the new structure in the fall of 2019, the director will attend to details for facility considerations, establishing job duties, comprehensive staff training, and assessing practices and procedures with related campus partners.
Supervise staff at multiple levels, manage ambiguity and uncertainty, demonstrate negotiating skills and ability to work with a variety of constituents.
Meets regularly with professional staff and with the House Student Advisors.
Develop and/or expand initiatives that encourage student mindfulness, individual and communal responsibility and empowerment.
Formulate, revise and implement policies which are consistent with the changing needs of students, their developmental goals and general College policies.
Develop, propose and maintain an annual budget.
Will work in collaboration with Housing to ensure that the room draw process for students achieves the goals for the development of students; this includes an evaluation of the current housing software.
Will work in collaboration with the Dean of Students to ensure crisis and risk management for the department including those occurring outside of standard office schedule.
Instruct community-building course in collaboration with faculty, House Fellows, residential education staff, and campus partners.
Provide direction for bi-annual Student Fellow and House Team training series.
Provide support and direction in the partnership between House Advisors, the Student Support Network (Behavioral Intervention Team), and the Administrator-on-Call (AOC) system.
Establish and maintain effective liaison relationships with Facilities Operations that contributes to the operation of the residential house program and informs the planning of renovations to residential house and apartments.
Coordinate as needed with the Director of Student Conduct, on understanding the needs and process for student conduct as relevant to Residential Life.
Lead departmental collaborative programs associated with the college's Engaged Pluralism Initiatives.
Oversee the coordination of Residential Life, the office Accessibility and Educational Opportunity.
Establish and supervise residential life safety and security procedures.
Serve on appointed College committees as designated by the Dean of Students or Dean of the College
Qualifications Master's degree or higher in student development, higher education, or related field. Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, identity-development, and equity. Min. of 7 years of residential life and student affairs professional experience. Strong leadership qualities, strategic planning experience, and project development and implementation skills. Demonstrated facility with interpersonal helping skills and crisis response technique. Excellent critical thinking, oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of data analysis, evaluation and implement assessment along with the ability to present recommendations. Experience in conflict resolution and mediation. Aptitude for teaching and demonstrated ability to implement pedagogic strategy. Ability to manage and evaluate competing priorities and juggle multiple tasks.
Required Applicant Documents Resume Cover Letter Contact Information for 3 References
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Special Instructions to Applicants To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references. This position will remain open until filled.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
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Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus.