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Assistant Director of Residential Life

Kenyon College
Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 27, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education
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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 students.
  • 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 role.
  • 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 construction.
  • 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 students.
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative working relationships with the other Assistant Directors to effectively supervise CAs and accomplish shared Office objectives and tasks.
  • Allocate and administer community funds and manage student staff payroll.
  • 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 housing lottery.
  • 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 issues.
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative working relationships with Student Affairs colleagues, faculty, and other campus partners to accomplish shared objectives and tasks.
  • 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 administrative documentation.  
  • 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 professors.

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 colleges.

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 Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

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.

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