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Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations

Earlham College
Earlham College - Richmond, IN, 47374

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Details

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Position Type: Full Time

Job Category: Administrative


Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking an Assistant Director of Residence Life for Housing Operations to join our team!

Summary: Earlham College seeks an innovative administrator to provide direction, supervision, and management as part of the Office of Residence Life's leadership team. We seek a welcoming individual to collaborate with campus constituents to provide oversight of housing operations supporting a dynamic residence education program. This is a full-time, live-on position. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

The Assistant Director of Residence Life has overall operational responsibility for a comprehensive residential life program of approximately 800-1000 student beds and facility management of eight residence halls, an apartment complex, and about a dozen houses central to a progressive, residential liberal arts college.

Essential Functions:

  • Community Development, Leadership, & Role-Modeling
  • Administrative & Operational Tasks
  • Facilities Management
  • Student Engagement & Programming
  • Student Staff Supervision & Development
  • Crisis Management & On-Call Response
  • Student Conduct & Well-Being
  • Serve as the primary system administrator for Earlham College's housing management system – which includes billing of room and meal charges.
  • Manage all room selection and housing assignment processes.
  • Enforce housing policies on occupancy, eligibility for housing, refund policies, and community living in accordance with Earlham's Principles and Practices.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for regular communications, including updates to College webpages, and prepares and distributes documentation of housing processes and procedures.
  • Demonstrates an active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion while assisting with student retention initiatives that work to improve the student experience at Earlham.
  • Gives direct support for college-wide crisis intervention and conflict management. An example includes serving as part of the on-call response team.
  • A more comprehensive list of responsibilities is available upon request.
  • Qualifications
    • Minimum of three years experience of full-time professional experience in Residence Life.
    • Experience using BANNER or another comparable student information systems database is required.
    • A valid driver's license.
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Candidates should clearly understand the role of residence life at a private liberal arts college.
    • A graduate degree in student personnel, higher education, or a related field is preferred.
    • Preference will also be given to those with experience in student affairs assessment.
    • Experience using housing management software for room assignments is strongly preferred.
    • Experience using Maxient case management software is preferred.
    • Be a positive example and resource to all Earlham Students

    The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    To Apply

  • Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal
  • Cover letter - Please address your thinking and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position.
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with Contact Information
  • 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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