House Manager

Smith College
Smith College

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Job Description

The goal of the residential portion of the Smith Precollege Program is to help participants become acclimated to life in a college campus environment at the high school level, experience high-quality programming and build strong relationships with peers.

Primary Function

Create a house community based in safety and inclusiveness. Provide enriching social and cultural opportunities. Live in the residence halls with the Smith Precollege Program participants and staff. Supervise high school precollege students in the residential portion of the program. Maintain high standards of health and safety, including COVID-19 safety protocol on and off campus and follow the Board of Health regulations for youth camps. Coordinate, and carry out activities and guide residential staff in their duties to lead activities.

Essential Job Functions

50% House Management and Staff Management:

Organize residential staff and lead house meetings and briefings. Ensure communication channels remain open between the classroom and residential settings. Assist in assigning duties and activities to staff. Provide ongoing feedback and direction to all staff. Be a role model to staff and participants in your attitude and behavior. Help manage the supply inventory, purchasing, and house budget for the summer.

50 % Student Activities and Student Supervision:

Responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all residential activities. Vet all house activities to ensure their appropriateness for Smith’s precollege programs. Provide intervention between house residents when necessary and mediate conflicts within your house and across houses. Occasionally speak with parents and guardians of participants. Other duties, as assigned.


This is a full-time, seasonal, six-week position, running June 24 – August 6, 2023. Thirty-five to forty hours per week, including room and board. Most hours are in the evenings. Weekends required. The rate starts at $18 per hour and is commensurate with experience. Living on campus through the duration of employment is required. Participation in all on-campus COVID-19 health and safety protocols is required. COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required. Housing is for employees only in a residence hall with shared entry. Work on the 4th of July is required. The position is not eligible for holiday pay.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience in Residential Life on a college campus is preferred. Experience working with high school students preferred. Knowledge of planning and implementing activities for groups or summer camp experience is required. First Aid and CPR certification are required.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Working at Smith College 

Founded in 1871, Smith College is the nation's largest liberal arts college for women. The reputation of the College as one of the finest in the country holds strong because of the dedicated work of our staff, faculty, and administration. We are a diverse group bringing to our community different talents, perspectives, and experiences. Our strength arises from this diversity and is sustained by a community value of providing an outstanding educational environment for our nearly 2,700 students. Smith College is located in Northampton, a lively town of 30,000 in the Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts.

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