If you have any questions about the position or our application process, reach out to us at [email protected].
Come join a dynamic environment in the Department of Residence Life! A place where we value learning, wellness, social justice, diversity, community, connections and balance. Each of these departmental core values informs how we do our work, train student leaders and try to create an inclusive community. Become a part of our community and bring your own set of unique experiences, perspectives, and ideas to help us continue imagining a residential curriculum.
The Area Director is responsible for 1 of 4 areas of campus housing approximately 525 students; directly supervise (15-18) student staff, act as emergency on-call staff member for entire campus community, essential personnel in crisis situations, make appropriate interventions and referrals; assist in the selection, training and evaluation of student staff as well as student leaders. Work closely with elected house leaders and act as advisor to house councils. Serve on other departmental and all campus committees as needed. Personally, connect with students through "face to face" interactions on a regular basis.
This is a 10 month position and is also a required live-on position that serves as essential personnel when determined appropriate.
Compensation includes a two bedroom apartment on-campus (this is not a live in position), as well as furniture allotment and a meal plan during the academic year. Partners, families and pets are welcome!
Additionally, we offer exceptional benefits!
Medical, Dental and Vision insurance that starts with the date of hire.
Generous Paid Holidays and time off
A Retirement Plan with a 9% Employer Funded annual contribution
Tuition Benefits with family offerings
Professional Development financiallysupported
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Student Development 35%
Respond to student conduct within assigned residential area
Supports students as they navigate conflict
Provide programming support to student staff and other house leaders
Address community issues as they arise
Provide support for students in collaboration with other campus stakeholders
Leadership Development 35%
Supervise student staff
Train of student staff
Provide support to students as they register house social events
Provide leadership support for elected house leaders
Residence Life Operations 30%
Serve as the staff member on-call for after hour emergencies
Support the recruitment and selection of student staff
Manage the assigned area office
Be a member of at least one departmental committee
Considered essential personnel in specific situations
Other duties as assigned
All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Bachelor's degree plus 2-3 years relevant residence life experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel Administration or related area preferred.
Experience in higher education, counseling, or related field and with a focus on education and training; excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; sound judgment and the ability to multitask, prioritize and de-escalate crisis situations. Must have the ability to interact and communicate with diverse constituencies, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff at all levels, and can work effectively individually and as a team member.
REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full-time position are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday during the academic year and 8:00am to 4:00pm during the summer break.
Weekend and evening work hours will be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.
For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.
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Review of applications will begin
February 1, 2023
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women's colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 151B, it is the policy of Smith College to provide reasonable accommodation when requested by a qualified applicant or employee with a disability, unless such accommodation would cause an undue hardship. The policy regarding requests for reasonable accommodation applies to all aspects of employment, including the application process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact our recruiting team at [email protected].
Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religions, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
CAREERS AT SMITH Smith College employees are a hard working, creative, talented and caring community who keep the college running. We pride ourselves on being a diverse group that brings different skills, perspectives and experiences to support our nearly 2,900 students—women who are becoming leaders to address society's challenges. Join us, and become part of the team whose work makes the college work.Why Smith?Teamwork—A supportive group of co-workers who celebrate individuality and empower one another.Success—A comprehensive and competitive benefits package as well as career advancement resources. Balance—Flexibility for supporting your life outside of work; some positions are eligible for hybrid/remote work options.