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Director of Residence Life (Revised Qualifications)

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 7, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Director of Residence Life (Revised Qualifications)
University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 6805
Location: Residential Experience
Full/Part Time:  

Staff Posting Details

Appointment: regular, full-time, (1.0) FTE, exempt.

Position Summary:

The Director of Residence Life is a vital member of the Residential Experience team. The Director is responsible for overseeing the residential life component of the student experience within a comprehensive, integrated philosophy of campus life at Puget Sound. This position assumes primary responsibility for supporting aspects of the Residential long-range plan, budget, office leadership, housing logistics, and inter departmental relationships. This position is responsible for the successful implementation of the goals and strategies in their area while remaining true to the mission and vision of the department including a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and assessment.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Training, Development & Supervision (25%)
    Select, train and supervise an Assistant Director of Residential Life and four Residence Directors Evaluate staff efforts and progress based on formal and informal needs assessment, targeted goals, and learning outcomes. Facilitate meetings with professional and student staff to discuss progress on goals, opportunities for new initiatives or collaborative projects. Oversee student staff recruitment and selection process, including timelines for recruitment and selection, formation of a selection team, and advertising for recruitment and applications Coordinate all training for new student staff, including planning in collaboration with staff members from various offices for spring, fall, and January trainings

Departmental Leadership (25%)
    Establish working relationships with the Director of Student Support, Director of Rights and Responsibilities, Director of Security Services, AVP for Facilities Services, Director of Auxiliary and Business Services in support of students and processes. Work on plans and publications on social media, the website, and other forms of communication related to contracts, marketing, logistics, and communication for maintaining university occupancy and retention goals. Actively participate in Puget Sound's Care Team; a structured approach to working with students who are struggling with issues related to retention concerns, mental health, or transition challenges. Work with Associate Dean of Students for Residential Experience on long-range planning, renovations, and capital projects

Residential Curriculum & Programming (25%)
    Manage, assess, and update the residential curriculum for first year and continuing students. With the Associate Dean of Students, work to recruit and support Living Learning Communities and other Academic/Residential programs. Work with professional staff in the development of resources and educational programming guidelines and in creation, promotion and tracking of student development programming Identify, through assessment efforts, specific interests and needs of students to implement Residence Life program goals

Occupancy Management & Administrative Responsibilities (25%)
    In coordination with the Assistant Director, manage big picture occupancy trends that will assist with departmental strategic planning efforts In coordination with the Assistant Director, oversee major housing operations, including opening and closing of all residential spaces, housing assignments, manage the room change process, and produce regular occupancy reports. Produce and edit team manuals and emergency response protocols. Manage the Residence Life budget Manage ten RHA programming budgets as well as the Neighborhood Association budget Participate in weekly Security Check-in meetings. Serve in administrator on-call rotation, averaging 2-3 weekends per semester Assist with major Residential Experience programs and functions, such as Student Leader training, New Student arrival, Orientation presentations, and opening and closing of residence halls each semester Other duties as needed


    Master's degree in Higher Education Administration or related field preferred Minimum three years of directly-related experience to include experience in curriculum development and supervision Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills Ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people, including staff, students, faculty, and parents/guardians Must be able to work independently and oversee a variety of projects and procedures simultaneously Actively model ethical decision making, cultural humility, responsible management and courageous leadership for students Ability to function as an integral team member with the Division of Student Affairs Commitment to professional ethics Commitment to liberal arts education Commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community A preference will be given to candidates with direct experience with assessment, curriculum development and a strong understanding of student development theory.

Compensation and Benefits: The anticipated pay for this position is $62,000 - $65,000 DOE. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
    Resume Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:
    We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives. We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community. We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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