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Area Director

Hamilton College
Job Location:
Clinton, New York
Residence Life and Housing

Hamilton College, located in central New York, is a highly selective residential liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 1850. A full-time professional member of the Division of Student Life, the Area Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive student development program within residence halls that supports the educational goals of the College. Through thoughtful integration of these goals, students are challenged to understand and respect different values, perspectives, and identities, meaningfully engage with the community and the wealth of opportunities offered in and out of the classroom, to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions, and to understand the importance of personal wellness and balance.

Staff Development 

The Area Director selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates approximately 26 Resident Advisors (RAs) within several residence halls comprising approximately 650 residents. The Area Director will:

  • Lead the process for recruiting and hiring the RA staff

  • Assist with the planning of RA training prior to start of fall and spring semesters

  • Provide on-going education and training to RAs with a focus on how best to support the development of their residents and the community within their buildings

  • Maintain frequent and individual contact with RAs

  • Serve as a resource for RAs as they work with individuals and groups in their halls

  • Provide direction for RAs to develop community building programs within the residence halls 

  • Assist RAs with roommate mediation and conflict resolution

Student Development 

Utilizing principles of student development, the Area Director will work with students and colleagues from a variety of offices across campus to promote a program that fosters student and community development. The Area Director will:

  • Assist in development of residential community living

  • Assist in the implementation of a Residential Curriculum

  • Facilitate the creation of welcoming and respectful residence halls with a commitment to the inclusion of all our diverse student populations

  • Help to ensure that residence hall environments are safe and secure

  • As appropriate, provide resources and referrals for students with personal and/or academic concerns

  • Provide direction for communication and interpretation of College policy

  • Discuss behavioral concerns with students and refer to College judicial systems as necessary

  • Conduct periodic rounds with on-call RAs and ride-alongs with Campus Safety Officers occasionally on weekend nights

  •  Live on campus and be a visible presence in the residence halls in the evenings and over the weekends at various College events including RA programs

Administrative Functions 

The Area Director will:

  • Perform administrative tasks related to maintenance functions, room inventories, damage reporting and follow-up, and opening and closing of residence halls

  • Participate in a Professional Staff On-Call Rotation

  • Plan and participate in RA selection process

  • Plan and participate in RA training for fall and spring including in-service trainings throughout both semesters

  • Participate in the preparation and implementation of all housing selection processes as needed

  • Serve as liaison and resource person for students and other administrators

  • Participate in divisional committees

  • Develop strong, positive relationships with campus partners

  • Complete other duties as assigned


    A master's degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling, or related field, plus previous residence hall experience is required. Experience in a liberal arts setting, knowledge of student development theory and/or counseling, as well as experience supervising students are preferred. The ideal candidate will have well-developed interpersonal skills, a talent for innovation, and aptitude in detail orientation. Enthusiasm for engaging with students and the community with a commitment to supporting diverse students and inclusion are essential.

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