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Assistant Director for Residence Life - Diversity & Selection

Apply now Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services, Student Life

Position Title Assistant Director for Residence Life - Diversity & Selection
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The University Residences Department supports Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ people, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. The Residence Life team supports students as they learn and develop, while living in the residence halls. Important aspects of that learning and development are influenced by the intentional efforts of our staff, campus colleagues, and the students themselves.
About the Position

As our Assistant Director you will collaboratively provide educational and administrative leadership for the residence life program, and are directly responsible for residential education, community development, administrative processes, and supervision of the professional and student staff for a portion of the residence halls (approximately 2,000 students). Your primary collateral responsibilities focus on inclusion, diversity, and staff recruitment and selection. The duties common to the three assistant directors include goal setting and implementation at various levels in the department; budget planning and management; ensuring effective collaboration with division, university, and community partners; leading staff training processes; and providing leadership to all residence life staff in their efforts to foster and assess students’ development of leadership, multicultural competence, academic success and personal growth.

  • Staff Supervision
    • Provide direct supervision and evaluation to 3-4 full-time, masters-level, resident directors (RDs), and indirect supervision for 3-4 student assistant resident directors and 35-40 resident advisors. RDs are each responsible for student staff supervision and training, educational and social programming, student leadership development including advising student governance groups, conduct adjudication, crisis response, and administrative processes in a residential community ranging in size from 250 to 650 students.

  • Student Conduct, Crisis Response, Counseling, and Referrals
    • Provide training, guidance and support for resident directors as they implement the University Residences conduct process. This includes ensuring that policy violations are being confronted and addressed in an educationally appropriate manner.
    • Provide immediate support and direction for student and professional staff responding to emergency situations such as suicidal behaviors/ideation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, eating disorders, depression, physical assault, domestic violence, anger management, alcohol and drug abuse/dependency/overdose, or psychotic episodes.

  • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Develop meaningful connections at WWU and at the regional and national levels
    • Plan, coordinate and/or implement opportunities for learning and engagement on diversity and inclusion themes for departmental staff, student leaders, and residents.
    • Participate in recruitment efforts that enhance the diversity of the university residences student and full time staff.

  • Staff Selection
    • Lead the RD Search committee and the Student Staff Selection committee.
    • Develop and implement recruitment procedures including advertisement copy and updated job descriptions in order to establish a large and diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for vacant positions. For the RD search this also may include coordinating attendance at and attending a national placement conference to recruit.

  • Educational Leadership
    • Provide leadership in the development of diverse and inclusive communities that foster academic success and personal growth.
    • Serve as an advocate and ally for all students, especially those from historically marginalized social identity groups.

  • Administrative Leadership
    • Collaborate with other University Residences staff in long-term strategic planning, short-term coordination of operations, and more immediate problem solving. Topics include hall opening and closing procedures, vandalism response, key control procedures, resident safety and security, capital planning and summer renovation projects, and occupancy management (e.g., room changes, location of living-learning programs).
    • Ensure residence life staff complete administrative tasks accurately and on-time, and understand and adhere to all departmental and university policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • Staff Training & Professional Development
    • Develop and implement fall training for professional (4 weeks) or student (2 weeks) staff. This includes developing learning objectives, designing educational experiences to achieve those objectives, designing assessment strategies to measure effectiveness, and managing the logistics associated with a residentially-based training (e.g., arranging meals, outside presenters, reserving rooms).

  • Teaching
    • Help design course syllabus, including learning outcomes, assignments, in-class activities, and assessments.

  • Budgeting
    • Assist the associate director in the development and annual review of the residence life budget. Offer proposals for increases and decreases in order to balance improved services to students with financial stewardship. Assist in budgetary decision-making throughout the year.
  • Other 
    • Serve on other department, division and university-wide committees, and take on other responsibilities in support of residence life, University Residences and Western Washington University.

For a full description of duties, please click here.

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, Education, Psychology or related field
  • Three years full-time experience in college or university residence education or similar educational setting
  • Experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment and a demonstrated ability to bring a multicultural perspective to the position, and to understand the perspectives of students from underrepresented and underserved populations
  • Experience with recruitment and outreach of professional staff and student staff
  • Highly developed communication skills, including cross-cultural communication skills effective with a broad range of social identities
  • Demonstrated collegiality and leadership ability
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience supervising full-time or graduate-level educators (e.g. resident directors, teachers, graduate teaching assistants)
  • Experience with crisis management
  • Part-time or full-time experience teaching
  • Experience conducting and using assessment
  • Ability to apply current student learning and development theories and research
Salary New hires typically start at $56,335, per year, commensurate with experience.  The full market range is $56,335 - $71,983.
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes

Review of applications begins April 12, 2018; position is open until filled.

Please visit the Residence Life Recruitment webpage for more information about the position and timeline.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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