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Resident Director

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

Recognized as a Top Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years and named a College of Distinction for five consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 400 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies, EMT and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 87 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on hands-on engagement and exceptional teaching. This community-wide commitment of always going the extra mile for students is known as The Dean Difference.  Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

What is The Dean Difference?
The Dean Difference isn't any one thing. It's not a program or a professor. It's not a single class or a club. It's the way our academics support networks and community overlap, interweave and magnify each other. Our difference unites us. It's our secret formula. It's the nucleus around which we orbit. It isn't one thing, it's everything

Job Description:

The Resident Director is responsible for facilitating a living and learning environment that is conducive to the personal development and academic achievement of all residents. This position is also responsible for overseeing and facilitating a calendar of community service opportunities. This is a full time 12-month, live-in position.


1. Assist with developing community services opportunities within the town of Franklin.
2. Advise and work with the Dean Community Outreach. This includes assisting with recruitment of student organization members and assisting them with developing service projects.
3. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence with the ability to work with and support diverse groups of students.
4. Serve as a primary contact for the assigned residence hall building, addressing, and documenting behavioral issues with students as needed, as well as communicating student concerns to appropriate personnel. 
5. Communicate regularly with residents through individual interaction and community meetings, making appropriate referrals to other resources as needed.
6. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence with the ability to work with and support diverse groups of students.
7. Assist students in understanding and adhering to College's rules and regulations in the Housing Agreement and Student Code of Conduct through educational meetings and conversations.
8. Organize and coordinate social programs with the students following the Residence Life programming model.
9. Supervise Community Advisor Staff living in assigned residence halls.
10. Attend all meetings, trainings and professional development sessions scheduled by the Director of Residence Life.
11. Manages all operational aspects of the assigned hall, including opening and closing, occupancy management, maintenance, health and safety inspections, and damage billing.
12. Participate in Community Advisor hiring, training and development efforts. 
13. Other duties as assigned.


Preparation, Training, Experience

1. Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred.
2. Previous experience in residence life is preferred.
3. Knowledge of issues pertaining to college life.
4. Commitment and ability to create and maintain a diverse, multicultural community.
5. Excellent problem-solving, organizational, intervention and crisis management skills.
6. Experience working with computers preferred.

7. Valid driver's license.

8. Covid vaccination and booster shot required. 



1. Unfurnished apartment and meal plan (when Dining Center is open).
2. College will pay for apartment utilities, including, cable, heating, water, electrical & local telephone service.
3. Resident Directors are afforded use of all College facilities (when available).
4. Competitive salary and benefits package.

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

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