Area Director — Residence Life
January 26, 2017
Earlham College seeks candidates for anticipated vacancies of the Area Director position within the Office of Residence Life. This is a full-time, administrative faculty appointment.
Compensation includes a furnished two-bedroom apartment in a residence hall or a college house with cable and Internet, college benefits, unlimited laundry, partial meal plan, reserved parking, and a maximum salary of $28,700 for 12 months.
The Area Director position is a 12-month, professional live-in position reporting to an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Area Directors participate as members of the Office of Residence Life staff comprised of a Director, two Assistant Directors and three Area Directors. Area Directors also serve as active members of the larger Division of Student Life staff team.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Area Directors assume responsibility for the overall operation and leadership of residential areas housing 200-400 students in the residence halls and college houses. Area Directors lead efforts alongside student staff to build intentional communities that are culturally rich, socially robust, inclusive, and respectful of diversity. Area Directors are responsible for the supervision and development of multiple student staff to include 1-2 undergraduate Hall Directors, 5-19 Resident Assistants, and Peer Mentors or House Conveners dependent upon assigned area. Area Directors assist in the development of policies, procedures and programs that support the work of the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Life and the mission of the College. Area Directors also complete a part-time collateral assignment within one of the following areas of Student Life: Intercultural Student Engagement, Student Activities or potentially other areas in Student Life.
Earlham’s Residence Life program is shaped by a view of residence halls and college houses as learning environments with the understanding that the most important learning that occurs outside the classroom takes place between students. The nature of our residential program is interactive and integrated to support strong community development and social awareness. The priority is on developing deep, meaningful relationships while providing opportunities for student leadership and involvement as our residents explore the responsibilities, roles and mutual influence of those living in an intentional community. Area Directors create opportunities for student learning in line with this philosophy.
Because the primary functions of the position include working with student leaders and/or staff, programming, advising student groups, facilitating student conduct process, and responding to student emergencies after normal working hours, the position requires a high level of campus visibility with regular evening and weekend commitments.
Experience & Qualifications
- A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one-year experience in residence life are required. A master’s degree in student personnel, higher education or related field and two years of full-time professional experience in residence life with collateral or generalist student affairs experience is preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to teamwork, diversity in all forms, and ethical student affairs practice.
- Excellent communication skills, energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and the desire to be a positive change agent.
- Demonstrated understanding of the role modeling expectations of a live-in staff member, healthy personal boundaries, and a desire to mentor students.
- Applicants should have a clear understanding of the role of residence life at a private residential liberal arts college, including the expectation to know their residents.
- Commitment to student affairs and education broadly; genuine desire to grow professionally and contribute to student life.
- Commitment to high visibility within the residence halls and throughout student life on campus.
- Regular evening and weekend availability is required.
- A valid driver’s license is required.
- Fluency in a second language is preferred.
- International immersion experiences (i.e. study aboard, volunteer service, etc.) are preferred.
- Experience advising student groups and /or themed residential communities.
- Understanding of retention issues related to wellness, equity and persistence is preferred.
- Demonstrated experience with assessment, risk-reduction, alcohol education or student conduct is preferred.
Please send a resume with an accompanying cover letter, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, including a reference with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional skills, as a single electronic file to:
Human Resources Office
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095
- Review of applications will begin immediately with priority given to application received before February 15, 2017.
- Anticipated start date is July 5, 2017.
- Earlham will have a search team at the Southern Placement Exchange (February 9-12, 2017) and the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (February 23-26, 2017) meeting with candidates interested in the Area Director position.
- More detailed information about the Office of Residence Life and a full position description is available upon request from Angie Hobkirk, Assistant Director of Residence Life – Residence Education, at email@example.com or 765-983-1594.
Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).