Asst. Director of Residential Life

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Asst. Director of Residential Life

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Dean of Students


Middlebury, VT Campus

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Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of Residential Life for Housing Operations reports to the Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life, and oversees all housing systems and processes. A seasoned student affairs professional and member of the residential life leadership team, the A.D. is capable of comprehensive leadership of housing systems, effective on call crisis response and intervention, and of serving as the Associate Dean of Residential Life’s designee whenever necessary and appropriate. The A.D. also serves as a mentor and coach to the residence directors, and works collaboratively to fully enact the mission of the College, and the departmental goal “to encourage and facilitate the growth and development of students in our residential community.” The A.D.’s essential responsibilities fall in to two broad categories. First, direct management of housing systems and processes, and second, directly engaging with and advising students, in particular, but not limited to, those directly involved in special interest, superblock and social houses. Maintaining a visible presence in the campus community is integral to success in this role.

Residential Life is committed to the total development of the student within an inclusive community through restorative practices, community standards, community development/experiences, intentional conversations, and encourages personal growth and academic success. The position is exempt and work schedules are influenced by student, staff, and community needs. Work outside of traditional hours may include consultative assistance to staff, attendance at special events and functions and, staff training and development participation.

This is a 12 month, full-time, exempt position.

Essential Functions:

This posting is currently accepting internal applicants only. Internal applicants are active Middlebury College employees and their spouse or partner.

•Serve as the College’s subject matter expert and manager for all housing matters, including housing software systems and their integration with Banner, and all housing related business processes, with minimal direct oversight
•Provide overall management of all housing operations, including room draw, special interest and social houses, off campus housing, and regular and ongoing building maintenance needs
•Train other dean of students office colleagues in these areas to ensure depth and redundant capacity
•Critically examine and refine/revise all housing policies and processes as necessary, identifying core problems and employing initiative, creativity, and advanced level proficiency to craft solutions that balance student, departmental, and cross-departmental/institutional needs, and ensure fairness and efficiency; effectiveness in this area requires a comprehensive understanding of a complex array of interrelated college systems and seasonal cycles, including, but not limited to, Banner and student records, admissions, building maintenance schedules, residential life student staff oversight, etc
•Monitor and evaluate housing assignments and occupancy statistics for residence halls, apartments, social houses, special interest houses/super blocks, summer housing, terms abroad, transfer, new, and returning students
•Establish, track, and report on key performance indicators the College’s housing program
•As a member of the residential life leadership team, actively contribute to the alignment of the office’s operations with the strategic direction of the Student Affairs department and the College
•Coordinate Language School and summer employee housing in conjunction with the Language Schools
•Coordinate all department communication around residence hall operations
•Manage/update the Residential Life website
•Monitor and communicate priorities and concerns to facilities services including custodial, maintenance, keys, Touchpad codes, and safety /security concerns.
•Manage early arrivals/openings, returning student check-in, break housing processes, and campus closings
•Interact with students and parents/families regarding residential concerns
•Apply advanced level proficiency in student development theory to establish strong relationships with students based on trust, consistency, fairness and accountability
•Supervise summer graduate assistants for MiddCore, and Language Schools
•Oversee and advise Inter House Council, special interest houses, and superblocks
•Coordinate and oversee selection of special interest houses and SuperBlocks, including applications and presentations, and training
•Maintain accurate, timely and complete records around students of concern in the Advocate CARE module
•Serve as conduct officer for social and special interest houses, applying student development theory to devise responses to infractions that support our community standards and support student growth and development
•Serve as a key member of the Summer Student Affairs team
•Supervise Community Assistants/Building managers, including those in interest and social houses

General Responsibilities:

•Fulfill all obligations and responsibilities as a designated Campus Security Authority (CSA)
•Demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional growth and development in all areas of responsibility; inclusion and social justice in higher education contexts are explicitly included in this charge
•Seek opportunities for professional development on campus through collaboration with other departments and colleagues as time permits.


Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field experience

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•Advanced level knowledge of current theories, processes and practices related to student affairs, student development, orientation and transition, residential education, and leadership development
•Previous professional Residential Life experience required
•Advanced proficiency in responding to campus-based emergencies and crisis situations
•Demonstrated commitment to principles of inclusivity
•Ability to foster collaborative and collegial relationships with students, families, faculty and staff
•Ability to apply skills and experience to craft solutions to problems which support the office, department, and institutions needs and objectives, with minimal direct oversight
•Demonstrated commitment to principles of inclusivity


3-5 years of professional housing and residence life experience with increasing responsibilities required

Physical Demands:

Occasional late night and weekend responsibilities required

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

This posting is currently accepting internal applicants only. Internal applicants are active Middlebury College employees and their spouse or partner.




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Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time