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Residence Director

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Administrative, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2021 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

The Residence Director is expected to be an active and visible member of our residence life staff with management and oversight of a residence area. Further, they will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a living-learning atmosphere conducive to student's personal growth and academic achievement. The Residence Director must be a creative problem-solver as well as patient, dedicated, and motivated individual. A successful individual will have the ability to work with diverse population, able to adapt to change, and have knowledge of and commitment to maintaining a student development focus across campus. The individual will help shape the institution's vibrant living and learning community to help students build a sense of connection to the College. Under the direction of the Dean, provide support for the residential experience components for the implementation and facilitation of Living Learning Communities and Themed Housing. These initiatives contribute to the college's goals and commitment to diversity. This is a live-in position, which requires night and weekend responsibilities.

  • Support the overall management of a residence areas including but not limited to opening and closing the residence areas, key management, room changes, health & safety inspections, damage assessments and maintenance requests. This includes supporting the central office of Residence Life.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Support general programming for the Division of Student Affairs
  • Select, train, and evaluate all student staff assigned to the residence areas.
  • Provide leadership and support to staff and residents in the planning and implementation of a wide-range of educational, social and recreational activities that contribute to the personal growth and development of residence area members. Help create a residential education curriculum model for the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
  • Support training and scheduling of the Residence Area Security Monitors in the residence areas.
  • Become actively acquainted with the residents of the area as individuals. Advise these students and make referrals to other College offices or community agencies, as appropriate.
  • Mediate conflicts that occur between individuals and groups in the residence area.
  • Guide students toward responsible behavior in the residence area by communicating reasonable standards of behavior and by providing behavioral counseling or referral for students, as appropriate.
  • Assume campus-wide evening/weekend on-call rotation in conjunction with other administrative staff members.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed in the scope of related work duties.

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred.
  • 1-3 years of Residence Life related experience
  • Evidence of ability to develop, coordinate and manage programs and strong budget skills.
  • Knowledge of residential education curriculum models.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse campus community members, including, students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects at various levels of completion, with the ability to work independently as well as within a diverse team. Demonstrated commitment to the value of co-curricular life in a liberal arts education.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage difficult situations.
  • Individual counseling and group advising skills.
  • Ability to use computer software including Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, social media and website management.
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule to accommodate supervision of evening and weekend programs as needed and as part of the on-call rotation.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, position in the APA bargaining unit. Salary for this position is $35,568.00.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its educational programs, activities and employment practices. The college complies with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations advancing equal employment. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

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