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Assistant Director of Residential Experience

Dean College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 1, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description:

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity to discover and exceed their greatest aspirations. A personal and transformative community since 1865, Dean tirelessly inspires our students to unimagined heights through personalized support and integrated delivery of academic, co-curricular and experiential learning. Our graduates are lifelong learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership.

Recognized as a Top Regional College by U.S. News & World Report for eleven consecutive years and named a College of Distinction for five consecutive years, Dean serves approximately 1,200 full-time students and 400 part-time students and offers more than 50 combined bachelor's and associate degree programs and specializations, as well as a robust schedule of continuing studies, EMT and certificate programs throughout the year.

Dean College is perfectly situated in Franklin, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island and is accessible to Boston by commuter rail. The Dean College/Franklin station is only a five-minute walk from campus. Approximately 87 percent of the College's student population lives on campus.

Dean provides a supportive academic environment that thrives on hands-on engagement and exceptional teaching. This community-wide commitment of always going the extra mile for students is known as The Dean Difference.  Outside of the classroom, students participate in 16 athletic teams and more than 30 on-campus groups and organizations.

Ninety-six percent of our bachelor's degree students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within 12 months of graduation. Alumni are hard at work in top-ranked graduate programs and are employed by organizations such as Universal Studios, Dell Technologies, Liberty Mutual, Kraft Sports + Entertainment, the Boston Ballet, and more.

What is The Dean Difference?
The Dean Difference isn't any one thing. It's not a program or a professor. It's not a single class or a club. It's the way our academics support networks and community overlap, interweave and magnify each other. Our difference unites us. It's our secret formula. It's the nucleus around which we orbit. It isn't one thing, it's everything

Job Description:

The Assistant Director of Residential Experience is responsible for facilitating a living and learning environment that is conducive to the personal development and academic achievement of all residents while creating an inclusive first year residential experience. The Assistant Director will serve as the key staff member overseeing all aspects to the of the first-year housing model as well as direct oversight on the residential programming model. This is a full-time, live in position.


Job Duties


Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership for Residence Life department, including supervision of first year building Resident Directors and Community Advisor staff.    
  • Manage oversight of a residential area and its operations, ensuring buildings are ready for openings and semester break closings; managing facilities concerns and accessing student concerns.
  • Oversee residence life programming model including but not limited to, program tracking, purchasing, attendance tracking and model updates.
  • Oversee the development of large residence life programs including but not limited to: Triad Block Party, Taste of Franklin, Late Night Breakfast and more.
  • Oversee the recruitment, selection, and evaluation process for the Community Advisor staff.
  • Co-develop and implement Community Advisor training, in-services and mentorship program.
  • Serve as a Hearing Officer for high level conduct hearing, including serving as a Title IX investigator.
  • Participate in the Administrator on Call (AOC) rotation.
  • Serve as a Resident Director of a First-year building by overseeing day-to-day administration of assigned residential area consisting of student concerns, community events, student behavior concerns, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Competitive salary and benefits package.
  • Apartment, and meal plan (when Dining Center is open).
  • College will pay for apartment utilities, including, cable, heating, water & electrical
  • Live in staff members are afforded use of all College facilities (when available)


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred. 
  • 2-4 years of previous experience in residence life or similar operational capacity.
  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to college life.
  • Commitment and ability to create and maintain a diverse, multicultural residential experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in multicultural issues with a focus on education and training.
  • Excellent problem-solving, organizational, intervention and crisis management skills.
  • Experience working with computers preferred.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and Vaccine Booster Shot required.


Managerial and Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct oversight of Resident Director and Community Advisor

Additional Information:

Dean College is an equal-opportunity, Title IX institution and pledges to recruit, select and promote diversity by providing equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and staff with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion, and applicants for admission, enrolled students and graduates without discrimination or segregation.

The College is interested in candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of colleagues, students, faculty, and community members. All employment decisions are made on a non-discriminatory basis.

Dean College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in College programs, services, and activities. A pre-employment background screen is required for all employees.

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