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.
The Community Director shares with other members of the Student Affairs staff the general responsibility of supporting the educational aims of the College. They serve as educators and role models while assisting students in their efforts to make full use of the opportunities available to them.
This position is responsible for all aspects of the supervision, administration, and community development for a number of residential facilitates. Within a team of Community Directors and Resident Directors, Community Directors may be assigned special projects that require a greater level of leadership within the group. They oversee larger initiatives within the Office of Residence Life and provide mentoring and assistance to junior professional staff.
These positions are tremendous opportunities for leadership development. They provide both a structured professional development environment while requiring independence, judgment, and the ability to adapt and learn quickly.
- Supervise a team of paraprofessional Resident Assistants.
- Present and facilitate training and leadership development opportunities.
- Provide ongoing team building and develop a sense of group support and learning for your staff.
- Provide mentoring and assistance to junior professional staff (Resident Directors).
Community Development and Programming
- Develop strategic goals for learning and development within residential spaces.
- Arrange and facilitate social and academic events and programs.
- Advise student group programming including student hall government.
- Act as a resource for residents requesting program information.
- Encourage alcohol and drug education programs.
- Encourage residents to respect others’ rights and maintain a safe and secure community atmosphere.
- Lead substantial projects and programming initiatives for all on campus students.
Counseling and Referral
- Be generally available to residents and communicate effectively with students, staff, and faculty.
- Be supportive of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices to best support community members.
- Counsel students concerning personal college concerns and refer to other resources when appropriate.
- Respond to student wellbeing concerns, including those referred through the College’s Care Team, and keep clear records in the College’s care network platform.
- Participate in an on-call rotation to assist other junior professional staff in the event of a crisis or unexpected significant concern.
- Inform residents of College functions, resources, and beneficial off-campus agencies.
- Attend Community Director/Resident Director meetings and facilitate student staff meetings.
- Open and close the hall at each vacation period. Collect and report information on hall maintenance problems.
- Maintain accurate and current hall records, including weekly logs, floor plans, key check-out and inventory, space scheduling, expenditure accounts, incident reports, damage reports, and room condition reports.
- Keep the Residence Life and Housing Office informed as to all room changes and change requests.
- Interpret and enforce College policy in residential spaces.
- Meet with students about student conduct violations when instructed to do so.
- Be responsive to communications including emails in a timely manner.
- Serve on campus committees as requested.
- Represent the College to parents and guests.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Must be able to explain and/or demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Specifically,
- Ability to support and advance the College’s core goals of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism.
- Ability to build community among residential undergraduate college students.
- Ability to stay organized, set attainable goals, and complete projects without reminders.
- Ability to facilitate team building, present training material, and speak to large groups.
- Ability to be flexible and be comfortable with ambiguity.
- Ability to communicate clearly on difficult topics while being empathetic.
- Ability to manage email and text communications and respond in a timely manner.
- Ability to work both independently and in a team-focused educational environment and be ready to jump in and take on new projects as needed.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Experience presenting to groups and leading trainings.
- Knowledge of Student Development Theory.
- Experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, antiracism, and accessibility programming, theories, or analysis.
- Bachelor's Degree
- 2+ years of post-college professional experience.
- Experience working with undergraduate residential college communities.
- Experience working in Student Affairs.
- Master’s Degree in a related field
Please note that while the description details both required and preferred qualifications, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the preferred qualifications to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply.
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:
Employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester.
Learn more about benefits eligibility here.
ADDITIONAL PERKS, BENEFITS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- These are live-in positions and come with a 1-2 bedroom/1-2 bathroom residence hall apartment.
- Includes a full meal plan (over $5,000 in meal money per year).
- Includes evening and weekend work and offers a flexible work schedule.
- Includes the option to take one course per semester depending on space available.
- Opportunity to attend and submit proposals for professional conferences.
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.
Application review will begin February 26, 2024 and continue until the position has been filled.