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Director of Residential Life

Barnard College
New York, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Feb 23, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Director of Residential Life
New York City, NY
Full time
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Director of Residential Life

Job Summary:
As a direct report to the Assistant Vice President & Vice Dean of the College, the Director is the innovative leader for Residential Life, a subunit of the Residential Life and Housing department of the College. The Director will oversee Residential Life processes, including but not limited to: recommending, writing, implementing and enforcing policies and guidelines; staff hiring, training, and supervision; community building and programming within residence halls; and collaboration with colleagues internal and external to the department for the benefit of the residential student experience. The Director is a close collaborator to, and will partner with, the Director for Housing and Non-Residential Student Support to support the mission of the Department for Residential Life and Housing.

Regular business hours cannot define the typical work week. The position requires some evening and weekend hours, including addressing unpredictable and time-sensitive issues and participating in an on-duty rotation. The Director must be able to physically get to campus within a reasonable amount of time in an emergency situation. On-campus housing is available as part of this role.

Job Description:


Residential Life

  • Provide leadership to promote a healthy, safe, and comfortable residential community for Barnard students.
  • Provide direct management of Residential Life, including the collaborative development and implementation of policies, processes, and procedures related to the residential student experience.
  • Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate designated staff.
  • Foster a culture of inclusion, open communication, and collaboration within the team and with partners across the college. Create regular opportunities for team members to connect and share information. Oversee and co-lead team building initiatives.
  • Partner with the Director of Housing & Non-Residential Student Support to ensure responsiveness to and timely resolution matters related to the residential student experience.
  • Partner with the Director of Housing & Non-Residential Student Support to ensure effective fall, spring, and summer in-service staff training, and new professional onboarding.
  • Partner with the Director of Housing & Non-Residential Student Support to identify annual budget requests for the department, and ensure appropriate fiscal practices for the department. Work with the Assistant Vice President to submit budget requests.
  • Provide oversight for the day-to-day Residential Life operations, including but not limited to managing residential student experiences, and developing an inclusive living environment that promotes student learning, holistic development, and student success with an emphasis on supporting the academic mission of the institution.
  • Develop and promote innovative practices for students in residence, remaining mindful of student development trends and the landscape of higher education.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Housing & Non-Residential Student Support in the creation and distribution of opening and closing materials to ensure effective communication to the benefit of the department's operations.
  • Collaborate with the Director of CARES Response to maintain response protocols for emergent and routine situations involving students and guests within the residence halls.
  • Provide support to the crisis intervention coordination system for situations such as mental health crisis, student conflicts and/or physical plant emergencies.
  • Serve in an on-duty rotation to respond and manage student emergencies and concerns.
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, Community Standards & Investigations, design conduct policies and procedures and coordinate training and enforcement of conduct policies within Residential Life.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Nondiscrimination and Title IX, facilitate training and enforcement of Title IX compliance within Residential Life.
  • Coordinate with other College and University departments to resolve student, staff, parent, and/or general public problems and concerns.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of residential education curriculum, coordinating with other relevant campus partners as required.
  • Monitor the quality of programming provided to students. Anticipate, develop, and implement best practices that contribute to a sense of belonging and are responsive to emerging trends
  • Serve on appointed College committees as designated by the Dean of the College.
  • Contribute to written annual reports, presentations, campus communications, budget planning reports, and assessments related to Residential Life & Housing.
  • Stay informed of trends and best practices in higher education, student affairs, and related functional areas including residential life & housing.
  • Serve as backup in the absence of the Director of Housing & Non-Residential Student Support.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:


  • Exhibited creative and high-energy capability in Student Services, in particular Residential Education & Housing.
  • Sensitivity and flexibility in dealing with complex problems and situations. Ability to work autonomously and cooperatively within the department and the larger College community.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret data that correspond with objectives and questions considered within overall department assessment goals
  • Knowledge of issues and concerns pertaining to a diverse undergraduate population, including conduct, Title IX compliance, and sensitivity and awareness of issues particular to women's colleges.
  • Knowledge of community-building among a diverse residential population
  • Familiarity of best practices for residential life and housing
  • Knowledge of case management software (e.g. Advocate/Sym.)
  • Demonstrated effective managerial, supervisory, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong computing skills including: word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet/database management are essential.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse student and staff community.
  • Strong organizational skills, and the capacity to manage multiple projects and changing priorities quickly and efficiently as circumstances dictate.
  • Demonstrated maturity, flexibility, professionalism, and sound judgment, particularly when dealing with complex problems and situations.
  • Excellent skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and verbal and written communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate professionally and effectively.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in working in a liberal arts environment


  • Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Student Development/Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field is required.
  • At least six to eight years of administrative and supervisory experience having provided strong leadership in higher education.

Salary Range: $120,000 - $125,000

As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community which includes Barnard College, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.

This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the College's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Barnard College

Time Type:
Full time


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