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Director of Residence Life and Housing

Whitman College
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jan 19, 2024

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

Job Details

Director of Residence Life and Housing
Whitman College

Compensation: $76,680-$85,200



Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman's vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO).


The Director of Residence Life and Housing provides strategic leadership to continue to develop an innovative residence life and housing program that helps Whitman students of today thrive, flourish, and persist. The College is committed to creating belonging and inclusion for all the members of the community, and it is expected that the Director of Residence Life creates and nurtures communities that demonstrate inclusive excellence. The Director is responsible for all aspects of the residence life and housing program, including the development of inclusive and vibrant communities in the residence halls and interest houses as well as the physical upkeep up current and future residential units.

The Director is a member of the Student Leadership Team (Dean's Council) which consults with the Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students to provide oversight for the division in areas of policy, programming, budgets, vision, and strategic planning. The Director shares the general responsibility of promoting the educational mission of the College and building a “vibrant campus community” in which all students thrive and flourish and inclusive excellence is at the core of that commitment. Included in this expectation is assisting students in their efforts to make full use of the opportunities available to them in the classroom, outside the classroom, in the community, and in every co-curricular activity that is available.

  • Lead in the process of creating, assessing, and updating a residential curriculum that leads to the development of inclusive and vibrant communities.
  • Oversee a diverse staff of Community Directors, Resident Directors, Resident Advisors, and office personnel and provides direct supervision to Community Directors and Resident Directors. Closely involved in the selection, training, development, and evaluation of all staff.
  • Oversee the entire housing operations process including the housing lotteries, room selection for returning students, roommate matching, and room assignment for new students, ensuring the safety of all living units and working with Facilities leadership in planning renovations of current housing stock.
  • Serve as a member of the CARE team, and effectively respond to student concerns and crises as needed. Serves as a Dean on Call as needed. The Director is at the top of the on-call pyramid in Residence Life.
  • Adjudicate residence hall judicial cases and oversee other staff who uphold residence hall policies. The Director works in consultation with the student conduct officer.
  • Review petitions and meet with students who apply for meal plan exemptions.
  • Participate in the planning and coordination of New Student Orientation as part of a campus-wide committee.
  • Coordinate move-in and move-out.
  • Closely collaborate with key departments including Counseling, Health Services, Security, Student Activities.
  • Perform the annual budgeting functions for the department.
  • Serve on campus-wide committees as requested and represents the college in regional and/or national gatherings within the profession.
  • Along with other members of the Dean of Students Senior staff, consult with the Dean to provide oversight in areas of policy, programming, budgets, and strategic planning for Student Life.


Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Strong understanding of current trends in residence life and housing, student development, and the needs of college students today as well as ability to effectively meet those needs.
  • The understanding of how to create and implement inclusive and vibrant residential programming models.
  • Possess a strong cultural competency and model for others how to effectively meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body with regard to program development, interactions, meeting housing needs, etc.
  • Ability to effectively respond to student concerns and crises and provide training and hands-on supervision to staff who are first responders to student concerns and crises.
  • The ability to serve as a strong supervisor for staff at all levels, including student staff.
  • The ability to serve as an effective leader, team member, and colleague across the College.
  • The ability to adjudicate judicial cases using a student-centered approach that is informed by a Restorative Justice Model.
  • Ability to administer a housing operation of varied kinds of living units on a campus that is increasing its residential footprint.
  • Have a general knowledge of budgeting and basic accounting principles in order to perform the budgeting functions for the department.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to engage with students, staff, faculty, and parents in an inclusive and effective manner.
  • Must be a problem solver and have the ability to come up with solutions that fit the needs of a constant environment.

  • Master's degree in higher education administration, student development, college student personnel administration, or related field or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years of experience in residential college programs and student affairs.
  • Knowledge and competence in creating communities that are diverse, inclusive, and equitable.


Whitman College offers a competitive benefits program that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits:

Learn more about benefits eligibility here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Application review will begin February 9, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.


July 2024

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