Associate Director of Residential Education/Residential Life
The Office of Residential Life provides important opportunities for students to live and learn together through the creation of intentional and inclusive communities. The office works closely with 300+ student leaders to identify campus needs, build strong and cohesive communities and develop relevant and timely student-centered programming. This work results in residential communities where all Bowdoin students are encouraged, both directly and indirectly, to engage actively in their academic and co-curricular experiences and to take responsibility for themselves, for others, and for their community. First year buildings, College Houses and upperclass residence halls provide opportunities for students to grow through constant contact with new experiences and different ways of viewing the world. These residential communities promote the intellectual and personal growth of individuals and encourage mutual understanding and respect. Approximately 200 students live in Bowdoin's College Houses. These spaces are intentional and inclusive living communities that are regularly referred to as the "living rooms of campus" due to the range of social and academic programs that take place within these eight buildings. This unique living opportunity provides the opportunity for students to be active participants in creating the campus culture that they want to be a part of. An intensive selection process, comprehensive training, budgetary responsibilities and the opportunity to program collaboratively with faculty, staff and students make the College Houses a space where many students on campus want to live and learn.
The Associate Director of Residential Education is an important partner in the creation of these intentional and inclusive spaces. They will work closely with both the Director and the Assistant Director to develop, implement and assess the trainings and programs that take place within all residential spaces on Bowdoin's campus. Their specific areas of focus include the College Houses, alcohol education/prevention and alternative dispute resolution within the residential spaces. They will take the lead in supporting the development of the College Houses as vibrant programming spaces and will work closely with House leaders and members to design, implement, and evaluate programs aimed at building inclusive communities within the Houses and serving the broader student body. This position will also oversee all alcohol education and prevention work including facilitating the CHOICES program, holding one-on-one educational conversations with students, participating in student conduct when appropriate, and being the administrative coordinator of the Alcohol Team. Additionally, this position will work to implement a robust alternative dispute resolution program within residential spaces. Because of this combination of responsibilities, this position is uniquely able to support students in creating positive social and cultural change across Bowdoin's campus.
This position will supervise the Assistant Director of Residential Education and will be responsible for contributing to the office goals of creating inclusive communities in all residential spaces, identifying and meeting Bowdoin community needs through student-initiated programs and creating curriculum that develops highly effective teams among residential life student staff and College House officers and members.
8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday with regular evening and weekend work required during the academic year. This position will participate in the Student Affairs on-call rotation and respond to emergency and crisis situations as necessary.
BA required, Master's preferred. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience and must possess excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to set and balance multiple priorities.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in educational, health education, co-curricular and extra-curricular programming, will have supervisory experience, and will have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to thrive in a dynamic student-centered environment is key. Experience building inclusive communities, training students with the skills necessary to build inclusive communities, supporting student development and leadership skills among a diverse body of students is an important part of this position. A successful candidate will be able to provide applicable education and training to students on an individual level and within small groups.
Previous work in education, health education, residential education, or other experience training students and supporting student development is preferred. The successful candidate will work well with students, faculty, parents and other members of the campus community, and have a demonstrated ability to complete projects both independently and in collaboration with a team. To be successful in this position, the candidate should have experience developing inclusive programming and facilitating conversations related to diversity and inclusion. Experience designing innovative co-curricular and extracurricular programs are a strong plus.