Assistant Director of Residence Life for DEI

Earlham College
Earlham College - Richmond, IN, 47374

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Job Details

Job Location: Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: Graduate Degree

Job Category: Administrative

Assistant Directors assist in developing policies, procedures, and programs that support the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Life, and the Colleges mission. This position will also support the Director of Student Engagement and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Primary functions include working with students and staff, programming, advising student groups, facilitating the student conduct process, and responding to student emergencies after regular working hours. This is a live-on position that requires a high level of campus visibility with routine evening and weekend commitments.

The Assistant Director serves as part of the Residence Life leadership team giving particular attention to DEI initiatives centered on the residential experience. The Assistant Director is expected to be an active contributor to the Division of Student Lifes overall goals, strategies, and responsibilities. This position reports to the Director of Residence Life and the Director of Student Engagement and DEI.

At all times, the Assistant Director models respect for student concerns, respectful engagement with College constituencies, and supports the College mission. Utilizing exceptional communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, the Assistant Director establishes collaborative relationships within the division and various campus resources beyond Student Life.


Within the Division of Student Life, this position will create, develop and assist in providing oversight of residence life and student engagement initiatives. Specifically:

  • Assist with the coordination and development of campus cultural activities and programs celebrating diversity and promoting belonging broadly inclusive of race, ethnicity, LGBTQ+, gender, ability, age, class, religious affiliation, and culture
  • Assist with advising affinity groups and DEI-related student clubs and organizations ranging from service, cultural, political, religious, and special interest
  • Assist supervisors with regular training for student leaders and faculty advisors
  • Serves as a regular contributing member of the Student Life staff, assisting with division-wide programs and student retention initiatives, including but not limited to assisting with the Early Alert response teams coordination
  • Assist with on-site support and supervision of events for the campus community
  • Develop a peer DEI educator program that will allow the Assistant Director to mentor, train, and evaluate undergraduate students
  • Assist with the training and ongoing development of three full-time Area Directors as needed and, by extension, approximately 45 student staff members as directed
  • Design and promote activities supplementing the residential experience that build community and meet a diverse student populations developmental needs
  • With staff and student input, create educational programming to positively influence student growth, including developing interpersonal skills, healthy lifestyle and personal choices, engagement with social justice issues, appreciation of diversity, improved understanding of consensus decision-making, and peaceful conflict resolution
  • Maintain and administer programming budgets as assigned
  • Articulate rationale of College and office policies and expectations. Staff must also appropriately confront and document violations of College policies and ensure timely recording, reporting, follow-up, and referral for all policy violations and behavioral issues
  • Serve as an administrative hearing officer as part of the student conduct process and willing to be trained and serve as a Title IX Investigator for the Office of Title IX as needed
  • Act as a liaison for Earlham College with students, parents, and community members related to the divisions administration and operations
  • Serve in the Residence Life on-call rotation during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and College breaks; be available to respond to residential and campus crisis issues
  • Promote and model positive support for the Colleges and divisions goals and demonstrate ethical student affairs practice
  • Serves on College and Student Life committees as appointed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Graduate degree in student personnel, higher education, or a related field preferred
  • Minimum of three years experience of full-time professional experience in Residence Life
  • Ability to communicate successfully with people from diverse backgrounds and an expressed commitment to uphold and further Earlhams Diversity Aspirations Vision Statement
  • Knowledge and commitment to student development theory and the changing needs of college students are essential
  • Ability to design, implement and assess training and programming curricula
  • Previous experience related to DEI education and training strongly preferred; willingness to partner with campus colleagues in the co-curricular development of leadership and diversity competencies for students
  • Basic proficiency with technology and social media; previous budgetary management
  • Understanding retention issues related to equity, inclusion, persistence, and wellness and a commitment to creating spaces where students feel safe, valued, and heard
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms, teamwork, and ethical student affairs practice with a commitment to student affairs and education broadly and a genuine desire to grow professionally and contribute to student life
  • Excellent communication skills, energy, and enthusiasm with a demonstrated understanding of the role modeling expectations of a live-in staff member, healthy personal boundaries, and a desire to mentor students
  • Clear understanding of residence lifes role at a private residential liberal arts college, including the expectation to know their residents and a commitment to high visibility within the residence halls and throughout campus with regular evening and weekend availability required
  • Valid drivers license is required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven experience and competence in assisting with coordinating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and educational programming
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience utilizing a theoretical foundation related to the principles and practices of leadership development and student development
  • Familiarity with the principles of consensus, sustainability, and a culture of global concern
  • International immersion experiences (i.e., study abroad, volunteer service, etc.) are preferred
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with Banner and Maxient is preferred
  • Experience advising student groups and/or themed residential communities is preferred
  • Experience with assessment and student conduct is preferred
To Apply:

Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham College Career Portal:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement on Diversity: This should be a 300 500 word document describing how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work.
  • Contact information for three references
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham’s Work Authorization Policy

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.

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