Assistant Director of Residential Life and Housing for Residential Education

Clark University
Worcester, MA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 3221 (RLH Housing - administration)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: May 3, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Position ID:: 147105

About Clark University:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

The Assistant Director (AD) of Residential Life and Housing for Residential Education works closely with the Director of Residential Life and Housing to provide a supportive living and learning environment for the approximately 1750 undergraduate and graduate students living in the Clark community. As a leader in Campus Life, the AD will collaborate with campus partners to ensure substantial leadership development, first year experience, and social justice programming for students, paraprofessional staff, and professional staff in Residential Life and Housing. This individual is responsible for supervision of four (4) full-time Community Directors; the planning and implementation of student leader trainings and in services for Resident Advisers and Peer Advisers; managing the residential education curriculum model; collaborating with other departments to provide educational opportunities outside of the classroom for both staff and students; and implementation and development of the Residence Hall Association. The position includes a partially furnished live-in apartment (required) and serves in the professional staff on duty rotation for Residential Life and Housing.

  • Directly supervise the Community Director staff (three to four, full-time staff members).
  • Develop and implement student leader trainings, in-services, and mentorship program.
  • Manage the residential education curriculum model.
  • Develop multiple methods for on-going training of student leaders, including workshops, seminars, online modules, printed materials, and more.
  • Advise the National Residence Hall Honorary and Residence Hall Association.
  • Manage the budget lines related to residential education (RA Training, RA Appreciation, Programming in the Residence Halls, etc.).
  • Coordinate departmental efforts to provide educational opportunities outside of the classroom with a focus on first year experience, leadership development, and social justice.
  • Collaborate with campus partners on identifying and managing issues with students of concern.
  • Serve as on-duty staff person for the residential community on a rotating basis.
  • Serve as a member of the University Conduct Board and hold conduct meetings to educate students regarding community standards.
  • Assist and mentor students on an individual and group basis regarding personal, academic, and housing-related concerns, including roommate conflicts.
  • Develop and implement the Residence Hall Association.
  • Assist with student leader recruitment and selection.
  • Working with the Director of Campus Life for Student Leadership & Programming, advise an assigned group of clubs and organizations.
  • Work at student and departmental events as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, or related field preferred; bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of three years residence hall employment experience.
  • Experience with supervision, student conduct, crisis response, educational programming, working with faculty, and working with a diverse population is desirable.
  • Demonstrated skill at managing crisis situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion, strong multicultural competencies, and an understanding of the experiences of underrepresented and marginalized student populations in higher education. Demonstrated supervisory experience, preferably with full-time staff.
  • Familiarity with academic support and development programs.
  • Strong administrative and problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

Already have a Clark University Careers Account? Login to your account to add documents or update your account.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

HR to select: A successful background check is required upon acceptance.


Working at Clark University

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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