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Assistant Director of Community Standards

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

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Assistant Director of Community Standards

Amherst Campus
Full Time

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 the Assistant Director of Community Standards position. The Assistant Director of Community Standards 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.

The Assistant Director of Community Standards reports directly to the Director of Community Standards. As a member of the Care & Accountability Team, the Assistant Director will work to help create a seamless, consistent, and holistic experience for our highly diverse community of students. The Care & Accountability Team's focus is on the creation of communities that emphasize comprehensive student development in an environment that is challenging and supportive. The Assistant Director takes appropriate actions to support the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for all students.

The Assistant Director provides support to the Director of Community Standards and manages a caseload of community standards violations. The Office of Community Standards works to uphold the Student Code of Conduct, to promote practices and procedures that support students' wellbeing and interdependence, and to encourage mindfulness related to the wellbeing of the self and of others living together in community.

The Assistant Director's work is central to multiple goals of the Care & Accountability Team. As such, daytime, on-call, and non-traditional hours including nights and weekends are required.

Amherst College has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Assistant Director must be able to take appropriate actions to support the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming learning environment for all.

Summary of Responsibilities

Community Standards
  • Serves as a conduct officer.
  • Co-coordinates (under supervision of the Director of Community Standards) annual review and revisions of residential living guidelines in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Assists with or conducts pre-hearing meetings.
  • Assists with the campaign to recruit a diverse group of student members of the Community Standards Review Board; provides initial and continued training in collaboration with the Director of Community Standards and other Community Living staff
  • Assists with the design and implementation of educational programming centered on community standards and interdependent living.
  • Assists with the development and delivery of student conduct training for Community Development Coordinators (CDCs), Residential Engagement & Wellbeing student staff, Orientation Leaders, International Student Leaders, incoming students, and/or other student organization leaders as requested by the Director of Community Standards, all through a lens of equity and inclusion.
  • Develops and shares knowledge of the Student Code of Conduct with other community members.
  • Advises, mentors, and supports CDC staff with case management.
  • Supports the CDCs with the resolution of assigned cases including outcome completion, student follow-up, assessment, and administrative tasks.
  • Co-maintains the Community Standards web page; develop a social media campaign.

Student Affairs Generalist
  • Serves on campus-wide committees as deemed necessary by the Director of Community Standards.
  • Effectively engages with our diverse student staff and the broader student community to set high community standards. Upholds College policies that govern residence hall communities.
  • Works with Residential Engagement & Wellbeing colleagues to train CDC staff to mediate roommate conflicts and disputes. Manage mediations which may become elevated and require more senior leadership.
  • Attends regular/routine staff meetings within Community Living and Student Affairs.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled individual meetings with students and supervisor.
  • Supports the Director of Community Standards and other Community Living leaders with community standards advising as necessary.
  • Participates in a wide range of discussions with regard to student and community development planning for the Office of Community Living and Student Affairs.
  • Submits annual reports to the director each year outlining goals, progress, assessment, and developing opportunities.

Student Campus Support and Case Management
  • Participates in the second tier of the Administrator-on-Call rotation (AOC2) schedule and responds effectively to crisis situations by following the AOC Manual.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Office of Community Living on crisis work and wellness interventions.
  • Participates in behavioral intervention meetings as deemed appropriate by the Director of Community Standards.
  • Actively participates in the Week-in-Review Meeting designed to review behaviors and responses to those behaviors from the previous week.
  • In addition to Community Living colleagues, works closely with Keefe Student Health Center and the Center for Counseling and Mental Health to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of Amherst students.


  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Development, Counseling or a related field.
  • 2-3 years of experience in behavioral intervention at a four-year, accredited residential institution of higher education
  • Commitment to a practice that focuses on student development and community harm mitigation.
  • Demonstrated competency in managing sensitive data
  • Excellent professional ethics, discretion, and judgment in communication and decision making
  • Evidence-based commitment to supporting a diverse student community. Commitment to fostering inclusive communities through leadership and programming.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Google Workspace, especially Google Docs and Google Sheets

  • Demonstrated proficiency in using Maxient effectively
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Working knowledge of student development theory, demonstrated experience is conflict resolution and learning outcomes.
  • Prior experience with supervision and demonstrated experience with residential student conduct/community standards adjudications.
  • An acceptable criminal offender records information (CORI) check.
  • Previous experience programming/promoting community living and or diversity initiatives.

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 . 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.

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