Assistant Director of Residence Life

Bridgewater, Virginia
Jul 29, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bridgewater College

Assistant Director of Residence Life

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 or more residential areas with up to 400 residential students.
    • Supervise paraprofessional Resident Advisors/Senior Resident Advisors.
    • Develop educational strategies and lesson plans within the Student Life curriculum for assigned residential areas.
    • Advise hall government.
    • Adjudicate student conduct cases.
  • Training and Development Responsibilities:
    • Provide primary oversight for residence life training and development.
    • Coordinate a comprehensive and holistic training and development program for all residence life staff including August training, monthly in-services and January training.
    • Collaborate with campus professionals to identify and implement best practices in residence life staff training and development.
  • 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 Student Affairs, Higher Education, or closely related field is
  • Experience in Student Affairs is required. Experience in Residence Life is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with supervision of student staff is required. Previous experience supervising professional staff 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 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 offers more than 60 majors and minors, more than 25 concentrations and emphases, pre-professional programs, dual degree programs, teacher education and certification, and its first graduate program in athletic training. Bridgewater’s growing enrolment includes students from 30 states and eight countries. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and sponsors 22 intercollegiate athletic teams and an equestrian team that competes in the IHSA. 

The beautiful and vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater in the midst of the Shenandoah Valley. It is conveniently situated to provide easy access to both Washington D.C. and Richmond, each only two hours away. The area is a desirable locale for people who enjoy sports and outdoor activities. An excellent school system, a healthy business environment, the state's lowest crime rate, and the natural beauty of the region draw many graduates back to the area. The College enjoys tremendous support from the local community.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Mullins, Director of Residential and Community Life at [email protected]

APPLY: Please complete the online application at Include (upload) a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information (email and mobile phone) for 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.