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Assistant Director for Housing

Employer
Amherst College
Location
Massachusetts, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Nov 28, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Director for Housing

Amherst Campus
Full Time
JR3337

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for Assistant Director for Housing position. The Assistant Director for Housing position is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $61,545 - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Reporting to the Director of Housing & Operations, and as a member of the Office of Community Living, the Assistant Director focuses on the development and facilitation of housing processes impacting our highly diverse community of residential students. The Assistant Director is responsible for developing selection and placement processes that are transparent to students while providing entry points to referral and support. The Assistant Director is a champion for bridging the importance of where students live as it relates to their interests, identities, well-being, and overall campus experience.

The Assistant Director navigates the intricacies associated with 34 residence halls and their respective communities. The Assistant Director designs both the general housing selection process as well as the subprocesses of Theme Community, Language, Suite, and Accommodation housing processes. All members of the Office of Community Living must share a commitment to centering the diverse intersectional identities and experiences of the student body. The Assistant Director of Housing has complementary functionality with the Assistant Director of Operations, allowing for cross-training and support throughout the academic year.

The Assistant Director assesses student housing trends, benchmarks information against peer institutions, and maintains reports on numbers and housing data to provide advice on current analytics.

Summary of Responsibilities

Housing Assignments
  • Manage all housing-related technology including the housing “Portal X”, StarRez Admin, and mobile app.
  • Manage training of colleagues and develop reporting as needed to streamline practices and communications within the team.
  • Update and maintain comprehensive web presence as it relates to housing processes.
  • Ensure data integration with Workday, CSGold, and other systems across the College.
  • Design, facilitate, communicate, and evaluate the academic year Housing Selection Process, and the Spring-Only Housing Selection Process.
    • Assign readmitted students to housing throughout summer, including Spring Waitlisted students.
    • Collaborate with the Community Living Team in support of Theme and Language Housing Processes.
    • Facilitate the Suites and Triples Selection Process.
    • Facilitate the room change process in partnership with Community Living staff throughout the Fall Semester.
    • Partner with Community Living staff in support of student staff assignments
  • Facilitate new student housing assignments, including gender-inclusive practices.
  • Facilitate Summer and Winter Housing placement processes.
  • Design and improve new and existing processes and systems with attention to centering students' intersecting identities and diverse needs.
  • Collaborate with the Director to manage housing overflow and room configurations in order to maximize occupancy as needed.
  • Coordinate housing-related approved accommodations by the Office of Accessibility Services.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Office of Identity and Cultural Resources, Health Services, Dining Services, and Community Living to support students with non-ADA-related housing needs and requests.
  • Collect and present housing occupancy figures and manage/respond to all reporting mechanisms (email, web forms, texting platform, etc.).
  • Ensure consistent and accurate data integrity in StarRez related to housing inventory and student assignments and regularly share rosters with appropriate campus partners.


Operations
  • Support the Assistant Director of Operations in room condition reporting, as well as end-of-term hall and room damage billing processes.
  • Support the training of a diverse group of student staff in their roles around housing, storage, move-in/out procedures, room change tracking, and Community Living Window services.
  • Integrate key protocols into housing practices.
  • Assist with the logistics around off-campus storage services during opening and closing periods.


Student Affairs Generalist
  • Serve on the Student Affairs second-tier administrator on-call rotation.
  • Submit annual reports to the Director each year outlining goals, progress, assessment, and developing opportunities.
  • Participate in a wide range of discussions regarding strategic planning for the office and in conjunction with Student Affairs more broadly.
  • Serve on campus-wide committees as deemed necessary by the Director.


Qualifications

Required:
  • Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years of related experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication, interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of student development theory
  • Demonstrated experience in conflict resolution and learning outcomes
  • Prior experience with computer software including Microsoft Excel, Google's productivity tools, and housing management software
  • Demonstrated experience with data management, reconciliation, and security
  • Commitment to and demonstrated experience working with a diverse community


Preferred:
  • Masters degree in Higher Education, Student Development, Student Personnel, or a related field.
  • 2-3 years previous experience working with StarRez and web design


Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/Amherst_Jobs . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To find information about job group and level (JGL) follow this link.


To apply, visit https://amherst.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Amherst_Jobs/job/Amherst-Campus/Assistant-Director-for-Housing_JR3337-1


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