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Area Director - Office of Residence Life (full-time)

September 25, 2020


Earlham College seeks candidates for the position of Area Director position within the Office of Residence Life.  The Area Director position is a live-in, full-time, 12-month administrative faculty appointment reporting to the Associate Director of Residence Life.  Compensation includes a furnished two-bedroom apartment in a residence hall or a campus apartment, full college benefits, unlimited laundry, partial meal plan, reserved parking, and a maximum salary of $35,568 for 12 months.  

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Earlham’s Residence Life program is shaped by a view of residential facilities 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, and healthy 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 assist in the creation of opportunities for student learning in line with this philosophy.


Area Directors assume responsibility for the overall operation and leadership of residential areas housing 300-400 students in the residence halls, college houses, and campus apartments.  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, 4-15 Resident Assistants, and 4-10 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 part-time collateral assignments within two of the following areas of Residence Life:  Communication & Publications, Community Development, Housing Operations, Student Leadership & Involvement, Student Staff Search, and Student Staff Training and Development.


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.  


  • Directly supervise, mentor, train, and evaluate undergraduate staff in assigned area.
  • Establish regular office hours within residential areas.  Maintain a high level of visibility and contact with residents and staff by completing regular walkthroughs of all buildings in assigned area.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Residence Life to implement, and assess an effective residential model for students in your area which is in line with our Philosophy of Residence Education and includes avenues for student governance, peer accountability and review, faculty engagement, and program improvement.  
  • Work with other campus stakeholders to assess and improve the overall initiative, advise and educate others about the residential experience, and contribute to the thematic options housed in the residence halls and college-owned houses.
  • Design and promote programs and activities supplementing the residential experience that build community and meet the developmental needs of a diverse student population. Support, in collaboration with and various campus partners, monthly programming and initiatives.
  • Lead, with staff and student input, the creation of educational programming appropriate for student growth and development; including the development of interpersonal skills, healthy lifestyle and personal choices, engagement with social justice issues, appreciation of diversity, improved understanding of consensus decision-making, and peaceful conflict resolution. 
  • Advise thematic living/learning communities in collaboration with teaching faculty advisor(s).
  • Maintain and administer the residential programming budget for assigned areas. 
  • Assist central office personnel in the administration of housing selection/assignment processes, staff recruitment and selection, fall and spring staff training, May Term/Summer Housing operations and assignments, and community education initiatives.
  • Articulate rationale of College, Student Life, and Residence Life policies and expectations.  Staff must also appropriately confront and document violations of Residence Life and College policies, as well as ensure timely recording, reporting, follow-up, and referral for all policy violations and behavioral issues documented in assigned facilities.
  • Serve as an administrative hearing officer for student conduct interventions.  Determine appropriate educational sanctions and ensure appropriate record keeping, timely follow-up, and completion of administered sanctions.
  • Act as a liaison for Earlham College with students, parents, and community members as it relates to the administration and operations of residential facilities on campus.  Assist with campus visits and experienced organized by Admissions.
  • Participate in departmental meetings, supervisory meetings, division meetings, and assigned College meetings.
  • Serve in the Residence Life on-call rotation during weekdays, weekends, holidays, and college breaks; be available to respond to student, facility, residential, and campus crisis issues.
  • Ensure accuracy of housing records including: room assignments, room changes, check-in and check-out, occupancy reports, rosters, student/guest billing, and other administrative records. 
  • Report and follow up on maintenance, housekeeping, and safety concerns in and around the residential facilities.
  • Prepare an annual end of the year report that outlines area programs, achievements, incidents, maintenance concerns, facility improvements, and recommendations at the conclusion of the spring semester.  
  • Promote and model positive support for the goals of the College, the Division of Student Life, the Office of Residence Life, and ethical student affairs practice.
  • Serve as a resource person for students and make appropriate referrals to campus services.
  • Role model responsible decision-making and self-care, promote and advocate respect for civil discourse and respect for persons different from oneself.
  • Establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships with Student Life faculty, service personnel, and College offices and officials (maintenance, housekeeping, dining, et. al.).
  • Maintain a high level of visibility and involvement within the campus community through attendance at College events, participation in faculty meeting, service on College committees, and participation in residence hall and college house functions/programs.
  • Participate in professional associations and other professional development activities, including presenting programs at state, regional, or national conferences.
  • Assume other duties as assigned and needed for the effective functioning of the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Life, and the College.


More detailed information about our office, full position & collateral descriptions, and information about our pet and partner policies are available upon request from Angie Hobkirk, Associate Director of Residence Life, at or 765-983-1594.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 1-year experience in residence life is required.  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.
  • Understanding of retention issues related to equity, inclusion, persistence, and wellness and a commitment to the creation of spaces where students feel safe, heard, and valued.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms, teamwork, and ethical student affairs practice with a commitment to student affairs and education broadly and a genuine desire to grow professionally and contribute to student life. 
  • Excellent communication skills, energy, enthusiasm, motivation, and the desire to be a positive change agent with a demonstrated understanding of the role modeling expectations of a live-in staff member, healthy personal boundaries, and a desire to mentor students.
  • Clear understanding of the role of residence life at a private residential liberal arts college, including the expectation to know their residents and a commitment to high visibility within the residence halls and throughout student life on campus with regular evening and weekend availability required.
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Fluency in a second language and international immersion experiences (i.e. study aboard, volunteer service, etc.) are preferred.
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with HMS, Banner, and/or Maxient is preferred.
  • Experience advising student groups and/or themed residential communities is preferred.
  • Experience with assessment, risk-reduction or alcohol education, or student conduct is preferred.


More detailed information about our office, full position & collateral descriptions, and information about our pet and partner policies are available upon request from Angie Hobkirk, Associate Director of Residence Life, at or 765-983-1594.

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should send a letter of application that addresses your interest in this position; a résumé; a statement of how you will advance the mission of diversity in our community and the name, position title, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, including a reference with direct knowledge of the applicant’s professional skills.  The above application materials should be sent in a single PDF or MS Word file to:


Human Resources

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana 47374-4095


Phone: 765-983-1393



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

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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