Director of Residential Life and Housing

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Posting Number A453
Job Title Director of Residential Life and Housing
Employee Group Administrative
Job Type Full Time
FLSA Exempt
Salary Range From
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Department Residence

Reporting to the Vice President and Dean of Students, the Director of Residential Life and Housing is a vital member of the division’s leadership cabinet. The Director will provide leadership for a comprehensive residential program at a highly-selective, national women’s liberal arts college where a strong residential program is an important element in student learning and development. Leading a department of eight professional staff and 75 student staff, the Director will play a key role in developing a residential vision from a programmatic perspective, encompassing inclusive development, social, and wellness components.

The Director will join Wellesley at a time when the college is embarking upon a multi-year residential capital improvement program and will advise the Vice President and Dean of Students on major construction and campus renewal projects that impact housing operations and residential facilities (improving building conditions and achieving greater equity across campus, including “right-sizing rooms;” and creating nested, thematic communities of various scales—floor, building, neighborhood, etc.). Furthermore, working with staff and campus colleagues to reinvigorate a mission driven, high impact residential experience that meets the needs of students across all class years and sustains a robust student-led residential governance structure are key priorities for the Director.

Collaborative working relationships with the Associate Dean of Students, Dean’s Cabinet, faculty, Student Life, Facilities, Dining, and Campus Police colleagues to ensure a safe and positive living experience for all students are essential for success. As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, the Director will team with colleagues to address students of concern issues and will oversee and improve the student conduct system which consists of an honor code council and a drug and alcohol policy adjudication process. Additional responsibilities include: crisis management leadership; oversight of housing operations, including management of the room assignment policies and processes; strategic allocation and monitoring of department budgets of approximately $.5M (excluding salaries); review and implementation of comprehensive policies, procedures, and protocols in line with national best practices; design of continuous improvement and assessment practices focused on both student learning/development and department effectiveness; active engagement in the life of the campus—supporting student events, serving on college-wide committees including enrollment management and diversity related committees, and maintaining high visibility at varied campus programs; management of the on-call rotation system; ongoing commitment to professional development for self and staff; mediation and resolution of conflicts within the 24/7 residential communities; and maintaining an unwavering commitment to developing and sustaining an inclusive living, learning, and working environment.


Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree and significant, progressive leadership experience in residential life, including some experience in housing operations and/or the development of new housing options. Experience training, supervising, and professionally developing a diverse professional and student staff is required. Additional capabilities and experience that will be important considerations in the selection of the Director of Residential Life and Housing include: facility with student case management software, preferably Maxient and Banner; strong interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrated excellence with oral, written, and electronic communication, as well as effective use of social media; understanding of student development theory and a genuine interest in the development of undergraduate women; demonstrated use of assessment strategies to improve the student residential experience; budget management experience; and an understanding of the goals of a liberal arts education, coupled with the ability to create a seamless living and learning environment within the residential program.

Posting Date 10/10/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled No
EEO/Affirmative Action Statement

Wellesley College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Wellesley College and all its subcontractors shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60–1.4(a), 60–300.5(a) and 60–741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that Wellesley College and all of its subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Candidates who believe they can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply.

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