Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,200 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
The Director of Residence Life & Housing is a full time twelve-month senior professional member in the Division of Student Development. The Director provides oversight, vision and management for the College's residential program. They supervise the residential team, including hiring, guidance, support, training, and evaluation of the Director for Housing Operations, Associate Director of Residence Life & Housing, Assistant Director for Living & Learning, four (4) Area Coordinators, (4) Resident Directors, (2) Graduate Assistants, an Administrative Assistant, and paraprofessional student staff. The Director is responsible for developing a strategic vision for the department that aligns with the College's strategic plan. The Director is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating living-learning environments in the residence halls that offer opportunities for individual and group development congruent with the mission of the College. The Director ensures that residence halls are conducive to learning, leadership, educational opportunities, and healthy socializing by fostering a welcoming and supportive environment that promotes, values, and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. As a senior member of the Division of Student Development staff the Director participates in planning, serves on college committees, and shares in the Dean/Director on-call rotation.
Major Area of Responsibility:
Set the vision, agenda and planning for the College's residential program.
Create, maintain and develop relationships with faculty, staff and other College stakeholders for the delivery of a quality living and learning environment for residents
Develop and assess the First Year residential program Montserrat in coordination with campus partners.
Oversees strategic planning for the department and contribute to the Division of Student Development
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate professional staff (Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director, ACs/RDs and student staff (HRAs and RAs).
Collaborate with campus partners to organize, implement, evaluate, and ensure that the educational and developmental goals of the department are being achieved.
Formulate, articulate, and implement programs that support the departmental philosophy and college mission in the residential environment. Advise staff on providing educational experiences in living cooperatively, developing and clarifying values, developing awareness of and appreciation for new ideas, cultural appreciation and lifestyle differences, developing independence, and reflection.
Respond to student and parental concerns and questions.
Supervise all business operations for the department, billing accuracy, residential enrollment and operating budgets.
Support Hall Council programming and leadership development.
Oversee specialty housing opportunities and initiatives.
Maintain the on-call calendar and emergency response procedures for Residence Life & Housing staff members in conjunction with other departments and the Associate Dean. Serve in the Dean/Director on-call rotation.
Represent Student Development on division and campus wide committees and task forces.
Serve as a community standards officer.
In collaboration with other directors supported by the Associate Dean for Student Engagement, provide annual reports and conduct routine assessment of programs.
Meet with student groups regularly to assess the needs of residential students.
Other duties as assigned
A Master's degree in student development/higher education administration or related field is required. Minimum 6-8 years of progressive supervisory experience in Residence Life & Housing. The successful candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of and experience in residence life at a residential college or university. The successful candidate will have experience with strategic planning and be able to demonstrate collaborative work habits and the desire and ability to create a comprehensive residential living and learning environment. The successful candidate will have an understanding of and be supportive of the Jesuit mission of Holy Cross.
Collaboration: Exchanging information, ideas, thoughts and feelings thoughtfully with others in a manner that is proactive and enhances partnerships
Inclusion: Actively engaging with the values of the College by promoting a work environment that embraces diversity and demonstrating respect for the opinions and beliefs of others
Innovation: Performing one's job with creativity and proactivity, improving procedures and problem-solving
Mission/Service Orientation: Focusing on service to others and contributing to the College's collective mission
Responsibility: Taking ownership of one's actions and accountability for one's tasks and duties
Employee Development: The commitment and initiatives of the manager to help their employees be successful in achieving goals and grow professionally
Team Management: Overseeing the success of your employees, helping to allocate resources appropriately and support the accomplishment of common goals
The description above represents the most significant duties of this position but does not exclude other occasional work assignments not mentioned, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the factor degrees assigned.
This is a full time, exempt level, position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:
10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
Generous paid time off
Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,200 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.
The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.