Director of Residence Life and Housing
Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued.
Five years ago, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th and 10th-graders on the path to starting college early. The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires are a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.
Summary of Position
Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy invites applications for a visionary leader who will join the Office of Student Life as Director of Residence Life beginning August 2021. The Director of Residence Life and Housing serves as a visible, responsible, and innovative administrator within the Office of Student Life, collaborating with key partners across the college and academy. The director provides leadership and administrative oversight for a vibrant residential community. In addition, they will assist in the facilitation of a robust co-curricular program that supports student development. The director plays a critical role in fostering a safe environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is a 12-month, full-time, live-in position that reports to the Dean of Students.
- Works with the Dean of Students to envision a positive, inclusive residential experience that promotes student engagement and learning.
- Oversees the conduct system, working closely with the Dean of Students and hearing board in the administration of community standards.
- Assists with the development of a co-curricular model/program.
- Promotes, supports, and strengthens the institution’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
- Collects and analyzes data to determine student need and satisfaction for continuous improvement of the student experience.
- Works in partnership with colleagues to ensure a coordinated response to emergencies and violations of campus policies, as well as state and federal law.
- Recruits, directly supervises, and mentors Community Directors. Implements and provides ongoing training opportunities.
- Works closely with the Physical Plant to ensure proper maintenance and management of facilities.
- Provides fiscal management of departmental budget.
- Participates and contributes in broader Student Life programs, events, and initiatives.
- Serve in on-call rotation. Develops on-call schedule.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, psychology, or related field required.
- Experience working with diverse student, faculty, and staff populations
- At least five years of progressively responsible experience in residence life and housing at the boarding school and/or college level.
- Understanding of student development theory and higher education/boarding school trends, patterns, and issues.
- Significant supervisory experience and ability to effectively delegate, train, and mentor professional and student staff.
- Adaptability to complex work environments.
- Experience with the design, implementation, and assessment of a residential programming model and learning outcomes.
- Ability to troubleshoot and utilize reasonable judgement in complex and confidential situations.
- Experience with crisis management and conflict resolution.
- Experience with Maxient, StarRez, and Banner is ideal.
- Experience with budgeting and finance.
- Strong commitment to and understanding of the students affairs profession.
- Membership and/or involvement in K-12 or higher education professional associations (e.g. ACUHO-I, TABS, ACPA, NASPA, etc) is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting. Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Tracey Cameron, Ph.D., Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.