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Area Director - Residence Life

Earlham College
Indiana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2022

Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking an Area Director of Residence Life to join our team!

We’re seeking candidates for the position of Area Director 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 complex, full college benefits, a partial meal plan, unlimited laundry, reserved parking, and a salary of $40,000.

Essential Functions:

Earlham's Residence Life program is shaped by a view of housing facilities as learning environments with the understanding that the most important learning that occurs outside the classroom takes place between students. The residential program is designed to support strong community development and social awareness. The priority is developing meaningful and healthy relationships while providing opportunities for leadership and involvement as students explore the roles, responsibilities, and mutual influence of those intentional communities . Area Directors assist in creating opportunities for student learning in line with this philosophy.

The primary functions of this role include work within the following domains:
  • Community Development, Leadership, & Role-Modeling
  • Student Engagement & Programming
  • Student Staff Supervision & Development
  • Crisis Management & On-Call Response
  • Administrative & Operational Tasks
  • Student Conduct & Well-Being
  • Facilities Management
Area Directors assume responsibility for the overall operation and leadership of residential areas housing 100-300 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, and inclusive. Area Directors supervise and develop multiple student staff, including undergraduate Hall Directors and Resident Assistants within their assigned area.

Because the position's primary functions include working with student leaders, programming, advising student groups, facilitating the student conduct process, and responding to emergencies after typical working hours, the position requires a high level of campus visibility with regular evening and weekend commitments.

Area Directors also complete quarter-time collateral assignments within one or more of the following areas:
  • Academic Support & Initiatives
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Student Activities & Leadership
  • Student Staff Search & Development
  • Additional duties as assigned
Experience & Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 1-year experience working in Residence Life.
  • Understanding retention issues related to equity, inclusion, persistence, and wellness and a commitment to creating spaces where students feel safe, valued, and heard.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in all forms, teamwork, and ethical student affairs practice.
  • Excellent communication skills, motivation, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role modeling expectations of a live-in staff member, healthy personal boundaries, and a desire to be a positive change agent in the lives of students.
  • Clear understanding of the role of residence life at a private residential liberal arts college, including the expectation to know students and a commitment to high visibility within campus housing and events.
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Be a positive example and resource to all Earlham Students
Preferred Experience & Qualifications
  • 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.
  • Experience working with HMS, Banner, and/or Maxient is preferred.
  • Fluency in a second language.
  • International immersion experiences (i.e., study aboard, volunteer service, etc.).
  • Experience advising student groups or themed residential communities.
  • Experience with assessment, risk-reduction or alcohol education, or student conduct.
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply
  • Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal
  • Cover letter - Please address your thinking and experience with matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as it relates and specifically pertains to this position.
  • Resume
  • List of Three References with Contact Information
Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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