As a live-in professional staff member in the Department of Residential Life, the Community Director (CD) is responsible for creating an inclusive environment where students can connect in genuine ways to themselves and others. Community Directors utilize the residential platform as the focal point for engagement, synthesis and learning and serve as the primary metacurricular advocate for students as they pursue their social, intellectual, and personal development. Community Directors employ evidence-based student development theory and practices to guide students towards independence, resiliency and an empathetic worldview. Community Directors demonstrate collaborative leadership to students and professional colleagues, possess excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrate fluency with systems and technology, and model a sense of community responsibility.
Community Directors lead small residential communities that average 400. Under the mentorship of Community Directors, the House Presidents and Resident Assistants lead the implementation of an exuberant and inclusive residential community. Additionally, Community Directors support the educational priority of a robust residential curriculum by the design and implementation of a focus area within residential life. Those focus areas may include: intercultural competency; wellness and resilience; dialogue and meaning-making; connection and sense of belonging; servant leadership; conflict resolution. Through one of these focal areas, the Community Director will promote the benefits of community living through their direct work in the training, selection and support of a diverse team of Resident Assistants and House Presidents within the residential platform.
This position requires frequent evening and weekend hours and the ability to effectively respond to student and campus emergencies with composure and maturity. The Community Director is considered “essential personnel” during campus or community crisis. The Community Director will demonstrate skillsets in conflict meditation, team building, parent communication, and an enthusiasm for working with students with diverse identities and backgrounds. Other duties for the Community Director include: 1) follow policies and procedures of Residential Life and Housing departments; 2) 24 hour emergency on-call member; 3) train and supervise student staffs; 4) advise House Councils; 5) manage house budgets; 6) support committee work across the college ; 7) create and design student-centered programs and opportunities; 8) provide administrative backup to the Office of Residential Life and Housing; 9)liaise with partners in facilities management to ensure the residential spaces are safe and comfortable,) other Department and Division projects as assigned.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
(50%): Leads a residential community through advising house leaders, on-going training, regular and consistent interactions with students in residence, hosting and advising programs and opportunities, advise governance of residential communities, empower House Presidents through significant advising and support, selecting a residential team.
(25%): Managing the day to day operations of a residential community through collaborative practices with facilities and housing assignments, fiscal oversight of house budgets, administrative support for the day to day needs of a vibrant residential community, emergency and on-call response and the adjudication of student conduct policy violations.
(15%): Coordinate and implement focus area within the residential curriculum through; staff trainings, residential programs, campus-wide retreats on focus area, on-going professional development for students, staff and faculty.
(5%): Other duties as assigned by the department.
(5%): Contributions to college and divisional mission through committee work, event support, and overall engagement to the life of the College.
Supervises: Student staff of House Presidents and Resident Assistants.
Education: Master’s degree
Experience: 1-3 years of residence life experience.
Skills and Abilities:
Experience living in a diverse residential life community and a deep appreciation for diversity equity, and inclusion.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Capacity to design and implement high quality residential experiences.
Organizational and time management skills.
Understanding of development issues for young adult women.
Crisis intervention and referral skills.
This position includes a furnished apartment, free on-campus parking space, and a meal plan.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.