House Advisor (Resident Director Equivalent)
Duration of Position:
Full year / Full time
About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly
selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar
stands upon the homelands of the Munsee Lenape.Vassar College is
deeply committed to increasing the diversity of the campus
community and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion,
and respect for difference. The College is an Equal Opportunity and
Affirmative Action employer, and especially welcomes applications
from veterans, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of
racial, ethnic, and other historically underrepresented
groups.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Note:
Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a
COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster, for all employees except
for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
The House Advisor (HA) is a 12-month live-in professional who is
responsible for the overall administration of two houses of
approximately 400 residents total during the academic year. HAs are
responsible for working on college-wide and departmental endeavors
and partnering with residential faculty members (House Fellows) in
an effort to provide comprehensive support for students. House
Advisors supervise a team of student staff (Student Fellows) and
advise a larger group of residential student leaders (House Teams).
House Advisors directly report to the Director of Residential
The House Advisor apartment is within a residential house. The
House Advisor is expected to be visible to students during
non-scheduled hours. In this exempt position, the HA schedule is
influenced by student, department, and community needs. Work
outside of traditional 9-5 hours may include consultation with
staff or students, attendance at campus events, staff and student
training/development participation, and on call responsibilities.
This includes occasionally driving locally to complete job
This position will serve as part of an administrative on call
rotation every 5-6 weeks and will need to be available 24/7 during
Responsibilities:Student Leader Mentorship
Student Conduct Engagement
- Recruit, select, train, and evaluate selected student
- Attend and advise weekly House Team and Student Fellow
- Conduct regularly scheduled one on one's with student leaders
(President, Student Advisor, Student Fellows).
- Design and implement training sessions for student leader
- Serve as a Student Conduct Administrator, implementing
processes in an educational manner.
- Interpret and uphold college regulations pertaining to student
conduct occurring within the houses.
- Refer students to campus offices related to exhibited
- Utilize Maxient software to create and track student conduct
- Participate in departmental and area decision making and
planning through weekly meetings.
- Work in collaboration with college-wide offices, particularly
those in the Dean of the College area.
- Provide coverage for houses/campus during large-scale annual
- Participate in opening and closing of houses.
- Work in collaboration with the Residential Operations Center
and Facilities Operations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Work collaboratively with House Fellows to create inclusive
living communities that are socially conscious, responsible, and
- Establish a sense of community through house and campus wide
- Serve as a resource and referral agent for students' holistic
needs (social, emotional, academic, etc.).
- Work collaboratively with Safety & Security personnel to
provide a safe and secure community.
- Engage with students individually and in groups to enhance
growth and development.
- Serve as mediator for roommate and resident conflicts.
- Facilitators of the residential curriculum
- Serve as Administrator on Call on a rotating basis.
- Manage crisis situations such as mental health emergencies,
facilities emergencies, wellness checks, including appropriate
- Act as a representative of Vassar's CARE Team, the Student
Support Network, performing wellness checks, one-on-one support
meetings, and resource referrals.
This position is subject to annual review and appointment for the
upcoming year with a maximum duration of four years. House Advisors
may seek appraisal in their 4th year to be renewed for a 5th
Special Instructions to Applicants
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred,
preferably in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration,
Counseling, Social Work or related field.
- One to two years of professional experience post baccalaureate
degree in related field required (preferably in ResLife, Student
Affairs, or Higher Education Administration). This includes
graduate level paraprofessional experience.
- Prior student affairs experience and knowledge of identity
development theories preferred.
- Must have the ability to act independently and to interact
effectively with a diverse college community.
- Must maintain a professional and flexible problem-solving
demeanor during sometimes stressful situations.
- Experience with crisis management and conflict resolution is
- Ability to move about the campus to complete job
responsibilities. Must be able to move, position and place items
and objects during move-in procedures and orientation events. This
includes supplies for the program.
- Must possess, or willing to obtain, and maintain a valid
driver’s license. Ability to travel within the local area.
- Successful result of a background check required.
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to
attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3
professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format.
Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any
questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.
For full consideration applicants should apply by:
All applicants must apply online at: https://employment.vassar.edu/postings/2977