Assistant Director of Residence Life

Bridgewater, Virginia
Jun 28, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bridgewater College is seeking an Assistant Director of Residence Life.  This is a full-time (12-month) live-in position.


  • Area management responsibilities:
    • Manage two apartment complexes with approximately 300 upperclassmen residents
    • Supervise 8 paraprofessional Resident Advisors
    • Develop educational strategies and lesson plans within the Student Life curriculum for assigned residential areas
    • Advise hall government
    • Adjudicate student conduct cases
  • Housing Operations responsibilities:
    • Provide primary oversight for housing assignments, including communication with students and other Area Coordinators regarding room changes and roommate changes
    • Manage and maintain data within StarRez and ensure information is transferred appropriately to and from Ellucian Colleague
    • Manage the Break Housing process, including communication with appropriate offices and students, managing the request process, and managing the card access system
    • Assist the Director in coordinating the Housing Selection processes for returning and new students as well as summer school
    • Respond to student and parent concerns regarding housing assignments and other aspects of housing operations via email, phone, and in person
  • Other responsibilities:
    • Participate in campus duty rotation
    • Assist with divisional and campus wide events including, but not limited to, Family Weekend, Homecoming, Commencement, student and professional staff selection, etc.
    • Representing Residence Life on designated committees as assigned
    • Assist the Director in the development of goals, vision, policies, and procedures for Residence Life
    • Act in place of the Director of Residence Life when the Director is not available


  • Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs, Higher Education, or closely related field is required. 
  • Experience in Student Affairs is required.  Experience in Residence Life is strongly preferred.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Must be committed to providing the highest level of customer service and responsiveness.  Must display diplomacy and tact in all communication.
  • Ability to independently manage a variety of projects with frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to make decisions independently, outstanding organizational skills, excellent judgment, and a high level of self-motivation and accountability.
  • Must exhibit flexibility, adaptability, and willingness to contribute to the successful achievement of personal, unit and department goals.   
  • Commitment to working with and supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working with StarRez (or similar system) and Ellucian software strongly preferred.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Bridgewater College, an independent private liberal arts college, was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia and has an educational philosophy of developing the whole person and equipping students to become leaders with a strong sense of personal accountability and civic responsibility. The College has an enrollment of more than 1750 students representing 30 states and eight countries. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The College sponsors 22 intercollegiate athletic teams and an equestrian team that competes in the IHSA. Bridgewater College offers 63 majors and minors, 11 Concentrations/Specializations, Pre-professional Programs, Dual Degree Programs as well as Teacher Education and Certification. 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Ohanessian, Director of Residence Life at

APPLICATION:   Please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references.

DEADLINE:   Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Bridgewater College is an equal opportunity provider, committed to employing a diverse faculty and staff, and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other persons from traditionally under-represented groups.