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Residence Director and Coordinator for DEI Programming

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Aug 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2019 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

The Residence Director and Coordinator of DEI Programming in Student Affairs is expected to be an active and visible member of our residence life staff with management and oversight of a residence area. Further, they will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a living-learning atmosphere conducive to personal growth and academic achievement. The Residence Director and Coordinator of DEI Programming in Student Affairs must be a creative problem-solver as well as patient, dedicated, and motivated individual. A successful individual will have the ability to work with diverse population, able to adapt to change, and have knowledge of and commitment to maintaining a student development focus across campus. The individual in this position works primarily within the Office of Residence Life & Housing. Additionally, this position has an ancillary role within the 3 affinity resource centers to provide support in DEI programming efforts of the centers. The 3 affinity resource centers are: (1) Multicultural Educational Resource Center [MERC], (2) Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, and (3) the Identity & Gender Equality Resource Center [IGE]. A goal for this position overall is to help shape the institution's vibrant living and learning community to help students build a sense of connection to the College. This is a live-in position, which requires night and weekend responsibilities.


  • Responsible for the overall management of a residence area including but not limited to opening and closing the residence areas, key management, room changes, health & safety inspections, damage assessments and maintenance requests.
  • Represent Residence Life & Housing (RLH) on at least one campus committee and assume direct responsibility for the coordination of committees and projects, as assigned.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate all student staff assigned to the residence area.
  • Promote effective communication amongst staff in the residence area by:
    • Providing necessary follow-up on problems and concerns.
    • Providing effective feedback to staff members.
    • Scheduling regular staff meetings to disseminate information, review policies and procedures and to discuss matters of concern to students and staff in the residence area.
  • Provide leadership and support to staff and residents in the planning and implementation of a wide-range of educational, social and recreational activities that contribute to the personal growth and development of residence area members.
  • Advise the Residence Area Advisory Board.
  • Become actively acquainted with the residents of the area as individuals. Advise these students and make referrals to other College offices or community agencies, as appropriate.
  • Mediate conflicts that occur between individuals and groups in the residence area.
  • Guide students toward responsible behavior in the residence area by communicating reasonable standards of behavior and by providing behavioral counseling or referral for students, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate and implement programming with student employees in the 3 affinity resource centers within the Student Affairs Division. (1) Multicultural Educational Resource Center [MERC], (2) Susan B. Anthony Women's Center, and (3) the Identity & Gender Equality Resource Center [IGE].
  • Assist in all DEI programming efforts within the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Assume campus-wide evening/weekend on-call rotation in conjunction with other administrative staff members.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed in the scope of related work duties.


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • 1-3 years of Residence Life related experience and have an interest in and/or preferred experience in DEI student engagement including program development and execution, student organization advising, and leadership training. Please articulate in your cover letter your interest and/or experience in DEI programming.
  • Evidence of ability to develop, coordinate and manage programs and strong budget skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse campus community members, including, students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects at various levels of completion, with the ability to work independently as well as within a diverse team. Demonstrated commitment to the value of co-curricular life in a liberal arts education.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage difficult situations.
  • Individual counseling and group advising skills.
  • Ability to use computer software including Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, social media and website management.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule to accommodate supervision of evening and weekend programs as needed and as part of the on-call rotation.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, position in the APA bargaining unit. Salary Range for this position is $38,000-$42,000.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Nicole Comstock
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
Phone: (413) 662-5571
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until July 30, 2021.

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