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Area Director for Community Living

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Area Director for Community Living

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Mar 7, 2024

Hamilton College, located in central New York, is a highly selective residential liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 1850.  A full-time professional member of the Division of Student Life, the Area Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive student development program within residence halls that supports the educational goals of the College. Through thoughtful integration of these goals, students are challenged to understand and respect different values, perspectives, and identities, meaningfully engage with the community and the wealth of opportunities offered in and out of the classroom, to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions, and to understand the importance of personal wellness and balance.

This is an exempt position with a salary of $58,459 per year.


Area of Concentration

This area director will work as a team with the other members of the Community Living staff and strategic campus partners in an effort to provide a developmentally driven experience that is inclusive of all students. The Area Director will:

  • Supervise a group of student leaders using a supportive and developmental approach
  • Assist with overseeing Special Interest Communities within their area and help to develop strong connections to campus partners to support the growth of community living
  • Serve as a Conduct Hearing Officer in Administrative Hearings

Staff Development

The Area Director selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates approximately 23 Community Advisors (CAs) within several residence halls comprising approximately 650 residents. The Area Director will:

  • Work as a team with the Community Living staff to facilitate the process for recruiting and hiring the CA staff
  • Work as a team with Community Living staff to plan and execute CA training prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters
  • Provide on-going education and training to CAs with a focus on how best to support the development of community within their buildings
  • Maintain frequent and individual contact with CAs
  • Serve as a resource for CAs as they work with individuals and groups in their halls
  • Provide direction for CAs to develop community building programs within the residence halls and oversee the programming budget for their area
    • This includes acquiring all supplies needed for approved CA programs
  • Assist CAs with roommate mediation and conflict resolution

Student Development

Utilizing principles of student development, the Area Director will work with students and colleagues from a variety of offices across campus to promote a program that fosters student and community development. The Area Director will:

  • Assist in development of residential community living
  • Facilitate the creation of welcoming and respectful residence halls with a commitment to the inclusion of all our diverse student populations
  • Help to ensure that residence hall environments are safe and secure
  • As appropriate, provide support, resources and referrals for students with personal and/or academic concerns
  • Provide direction for communication and interpretation of College policy
  • Discuss behavioral concerns with students and refer to College conduct systems as necessary
  • Conduct periodic rounds with Campus Safety Officers occasionally on weekend nights
  • Live on campus and be a visible presence in the residence halls in the evenings and over the weekends at various College events including CA programs

Administrative Functions

The Area Director will:

  • Perform administrative tasks related to maintenance functions, room inventories, damage reporting and follow-up, and opening and closing of residence halls
  • Do weekly walkthroughs of all residence halls in their designated area in order to maintain visibility, as well as to look for maintenance issues, student behavioral issues and anything else that may need to be addressed in order to maintain a comfortable living environment for students
  • Participate in a Professional Staff On-Call Rotation
  • Be a strong team player and provide meaningful support to the Community Living team
  • Serve as liaison and resource person for students and other administrators
  • Participate in divisional committees
  • Develop strong, positive relationships with campus partners
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Professional Development Opportunities

Traditional forms of professional development such as webinars, attendance at local and national conferences, and team professional development are potential avenues to grow as a professional. In addition, as a small residential community the Area Director has ample exposure to other areas of the College and is encouraged to discuss other areas of interest with their supervisor. Once the Area Director has mastered their work in Community Living, other opportunities for engagement in order areas on campus may be available.


The Area Director reports to and is supervised by the Associate Director for Community Living


  • A master's degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling, or related field, plus previous residence hall experience is required.
  • Experience in a liberal arts setting, knowledge of student development theory and/or counseling, as well as experience supervising students are preferred. 
  • The ideal candidate will have well-developed interpersonal skills, a talent for innovation, and aptitude in detail orientation. Enthusiasm for engaging with students and the community with a commitment to supporting diverse students and inclusion are essential.  


This is a twelve-month renewable position.


Salary is competitive with a superior benefits package. Due to the Area Director’s responsibilities, the position is live-in and includes a furnished two-bedroom campus apartment and meal plan participation while classes are in session.


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to creating an accessible, supportive environment and an educational experience that recognizes diversity in all of its forms and a wide array of cultural experiences  as integral components of academic excellence. Candidates who can contribute to those goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in these areas.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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