Kenyon College is conducting a national search for two new
Assistant Directors of Residential Life. Kenyon recently
received a transformational gift of $100 million to build three new
residence halls and our new Assistant Directors of Residential Life
will partner with the entire team in Residential Life, students,
and colleagues at Kenyon to make these facilities a seamless
extension of our vibrant campus facilities and the events which
occur within them. We take great pride in being a fully
residential liberal arts college and the new Assistant Directors of
Residential Life will be colleagues who can bring ideas to life
while ensuring fingerprints from across campus are present at every
stage of efforts they shepherd. The residential experience is
a cornerstone of Kenyon College and these positions will have the
opportunity to be a true servant leader in creating an environment
where students partner with colleagues to make the campus their
classroom. Currently, Kenyon’s fully-residential housing
program includes twelve residence halls, eight apartment areas, and
ten specialty houses. We are proud to be the home of the
Kenyon Review literary magazine, the Brown Family Environmental
Center (a 500-acre nature preserve), the Kenyon Access Initiative,
and the most team and individual national championships of any NCAA
Division III Institution.
The Assistant Director of Residential Life (two positions) is a
member of the Office of Residential Life, reporting directly to the
Director of Residential Life. The Assistant Director of
Residential Life supports the mission of the College by overseeing
the daily management of a residential area housing 500-800
students. This is an eleven (11) month (exempt), live-in
position that includes evening and weekend responsibilities.
- Serve as a member of the Residential Life management team
responsible for providing leadership, goals, and program
implementation for approximately 1900 undergraduate students.
- Oversee the day-to-day management of a residential area,
comprising multiple residential spaces and housing 500-800
- Hire, train, supervise and evaluate 10-20 undergraduate
Community Advisors (CAs).
- Guide CAs in the development and implementation of community
development and co-curricular efforts to build and maintain a
supportive living and learning residential environment.
- Participate in professional development opportunities in the
Division and at the College to grow familiarity and expertise in
higher education that can be used to enhance the Assistant Director
- Receive mentorship from a senior member of the Division of
Student Affairs in a specific area outside of Residential Life to
expand knowledge base in a higher education area.
- Under the direction of the Director of Residential Life, assist
with the maintenance of housing occupancy modeling and auxiliary
functions of the office to aid the College in institutional budget
- Collaborate with the Office of Diversity, Equity &
Inclusion to ensure efforts by Residential Life are in partnership
with their office where applicable and in the spirit of the
College’s articulated commitment to inclusive excellence.
- Continuously identify and address the developmental needs of
students through educational interactions, crisis response
protocols, and mediations; advise and provide general support to
- Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative
working relationships with the other Assistant Directors to
effectively supervise CAs and accomplish shared Office objectives
- Allocate and administer community funds and manage student
- Assist in the implementation and enforcement of college
policies and expectations.
- Participate in the professional, on-call duty rotation for the
College’s approximately 1900 students, including 24-hour crisis
intervention, on-site emergency response, and support to CAs and
other campus partners.
- Serve as a campus Administrative Hearing Officer, as well as
Referring Administrator or Administrative Liaison for Student
Conduct Review Board Hearings.
- Assist with the coordination and effective implementation of
administrative processes, including but not limited to, residence
hall openings/closings, health and safety inspections and the
- Lead and assist with designated office, divisional, and/or
College committees, initiatives and processes, including, but not
limited to CA training and development, CA selection, evaluation,
assessment, and specialty housing.
- Support large programming efforts on campus including, but not
limited to Orientation, Honors Day, Late Night Breakfast, etc.
- Coordinate with Maintenance to identify and remedy facility
- Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative
working relationships with Student Affairs colleagues, faculty, and
other campus partners to accomplish shared objectives and
- Develop meaningful connections with students, staff and faculty
by being available and visible on campus, especially in residential
facilities, Middle Path, and other prominent campus locations.
- Conduct other duties and special projects as assigned by the
Director of Residential Life.
The Assistant Director of Residential Life will live in a campus
residential community and must be within 30 minutes of campus while
fulfilling on-call responsibilities. Work is generally
performed in an office environment; however, supervision of student
leaders and oversight of residential areas requires the ability to
navigate between residential facilities, moving through long
hallways, being in buildings without air conditioning, and being
outside in various weather conditions. Requires a valid
driver’s license and ability to meet campus requirements to drive
campus vehicles, in order to transport students and other items.
Must be able to work evenings and weekends, including times
when the College is closed; this includes the ability to travel and
work during inclement weather or other exceptional conditions.
- Bachelorʻs degree required with a Master’s degree in Student
Affairs, College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or
related field is preferred, with 1-2 years Graduate or
post-bachelors housing and/or residential life experience also
being a requirement.
- Experience supervising student leaders or employees.
- Committed to and familiar with the values and needs of a small,
highly selective liberal arts college.
- Ability to maintain strict privacy, including, but not limited
to, student interactions, conversations with professional staff and
- Commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and
being actively culturally competent.
- Strong interest in working with and mentoring college students
with effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to understand and put into practice theories and models
related to college-student development and perform a variety of
tasks, often on short notice.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google products;
willingness to learn and use Residence, BANNER, and other campus
programs to complete office tasks and maintain student records.
- Successful completion of a background check and ability and
willingness to perform all job responsibilities listed above.
To apply, candidates should visit
and complete our online application. We will also be
interviewing at The Placement Exchange in March, but we encourage
candidates to apply as soon as they are ready to be considered.
Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts
college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong
sense of community and close relationships among students and
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with
experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers
benefits for employees and their family members. Children of
employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and
through the Great Lakes Colleges
Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition
waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF
retirement (suspended for the 20-21 year), and many
other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families,
and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions
of employment are described more fully in our
Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it
should be your next home,
Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and
applications from members of all underrepresented groups are
encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified
applicants without regard to race, color, national origin,
ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental
disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran
status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected
by institutional policy or state, local, or federal
law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting
diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity
at Kenyon website.