Warren Wilson College invites applications for the Associate Dean of Students / Director of Residence Life position, a role that oversees a comprehensive Residence Life program, a student conduct system for residential students, and a student staff program. This position will also supervise two professional residence life employees, in addition to student staff. The successful candidate will possess at least five years of progressive professional experience in a residence life setting, preferably at a Director level. The ideal candidate will also possess three years of supervisory experience, and the ability to motivate and teach direct reports. The Associate Dean of Students/ Director of Residence Life position is a regular, full time, exempt position, and is required to live on campus.This position is also required to work regular evening and weekend hours, as a part of their role, and will also have on call responsibilities.
This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual that would get satisfaction in helping to deliver a world-class education, all within an incredibly beautiful campus in the Swannanoa Valley near Asheville, NC. Warren Wilson College is committed to a culture of educational access and ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
If you are interested in this position, please read on to learn more about the qualifications and key responsibilities in the job description. The first consideration date for applications is January 11, 2021 by 5PM EST. All applications must be submitted electronically. Please be aware there is no relocation available for this position.
Represents the Student Life division at various levels throughout the College and assists the Vice President in leadership of the division. Develops and administers a comprehensive Residence Life program including the supervision of professional residence life staff, oversight and coordination of the conduct system for residential students, and implementation of a student staff program.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Division Leadership
Provide administrative leadership and oversight to the Student Life division in the Vice President’s absence.
Serve as the Student Life module manager in the campus ERP software Jenzabar.
Develop Student Life marketing materials in coordination with Enrollment division.
Manage communication solutions for the college through the WWC campus mobile app.
Provide prompt response to campus offices requesting trainings, login accounts, and content updates. Monitor campus wall content regularly and provide responses to students when necessary.
Serve on committees representing the Student Life division and the Residence Life program.
Professionally represent Warren Wilson College internally and externally at a local, regional, and national level.
Student Success and Retention
Play an active, collaborative role with students of concern, developing and implementing both long and short-term response plans. Examples of concerns include, but are not limited to transition, physical and mental health, student safety, personal crisis, and integration to campus life.
Represent the Student Life division on various committees such as retention and student success committees.
Serve on the early support committee.
Develop and maintain positive academic environment in the residence halls.
Residence Life Administration
Ensure a safe living and learning environment that embraces diversity and difference, and engages students in healthy lifestyles.
Develop, maintain, and promote the residence life mission statement, strategic plans, policies and procedures within the guidelines and practices of the College and Student Life division.
Establish strong relationships with students.
Assess the needs, learning outcomes and satisfaction of students regarding their residential experience.
Develop and monitor departmental budgets.
Ensure excellent service to students, parents and other constituents.
Develop positive working relationships with Student Government and other departments, such as Admission, Dining, the Applied Learning, and others.
Respond to student concerns and issues.
Residence Life Staffing Supervision
Supervise, select, train, and evaluate professional Residence Life staff.
Develop and implement a student Resident Assistant and Crew Leader staff program, including continual improvement of training, staff organization, job descriptions, and compensation.
Oversight of fall and winter training and regular in-service training, and ensure the implementation of a successful student staff selection.
Maintain a high level of visibility with student staff.
Ensure staff coverage year-round including all college breaks as appropriate.
Serve as a member of the Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).
Provide Student Life on-call student crisis/emergency response.
Provide support to students in crisis and make referrals as necessary.
Determine when to inform and involve the Vice President in crisis response.
Conduct Coordination and Oversight
Serve as a deputy Title IX officer supervising the Title IX investigators.
Ensure the implementation of a fair judicial process for all residential students.
Interpret and apply Warren Wilson College conduct policies.
Understand and apply legal issues as they relate to student issues.
Train and oversee conduct officers, ensuring conduct philosophy is consistently applied by all officers.
Coordinate the dissemination, tracking, and accountability of conduct cases.
Coordinate the activity of the Conduct Board including training, advisement, and case referral.
Address policy violations.
Student Housing Oversight
Analyze campus housing trends and provide guidance for changes to how campus housing is utilized and offered.
Supervise the housing assignment process including housing lottery, new student assignments, mid-year room changes, etc.
Approve housing exceptions such as emotional support animals, medical single rooms, and waiver of meal plans.
Oversee check-in and check-out process including room inspections, billing, and key dissemination/collection.
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree from an accredited College or University in higher education administration or related field
At least five years of progressive professional experience in a residence life setting, preferably at the Director level
Three years of supervisory experience, demonstrating ability to motivate and teach direct reports and student workers
A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student retention, leadership, and community development theories
Demonstrated proficiency utilizing technologies that support the operations of residence life
Evidence of change management, establishment of new programs, and/or development of new initiatives at an institution of higher education or similar environment
One to three years experience as a live in professional staff member in a college or university residence life program
Proven successful experience supervising direct reports, including the supervision of graduate or professional staff
One to three years experience in a small liberal arts college setting
Experience with Jenzabar EX, in a higher education setting
About Warren Wilson College
Welcome and thank you for your interest in a career at Warren Wilson College. Warren Wilson College is committed to ensuring that students from a diverse range of identities are able to access education. We recognize that to do so we need to ensure that our staff and faculty reflect a diverse range of identities, worldviews and backgrounds. As a college we particularly seek and welcome candidates from racial and ethnic minorities, women, and members of underrepresented groups. Warren Wilson College is the only national liberal arts college that fully integrates on-campus work and off-campus community engagement into its curriculum. In addition to its innovative experiential program, the College and its 750 students are known for their strong commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity and social justice. The college also features a top-ranked low-residency MFA Program for Writers and a summer-long Swannanoa Gathering of music and folk arts workshops. Recognized for dedication to inclusivity by the Princeton Review—No. 2 “most LGBTQ-friendly” in the nation—Warren Wilson College is a Fiske Guide “best buy” and among College Magazine’s “top 10 greenest campuses.” Undergradua...tes represent 46 states and 16 countries, and the College contributes more than 58,000 hours to the community through collaborations with 257 service partners. With sought-after majors in environmental studies, creative writing, global studies and outdoor leadership, Warren Wilson College is a community of scholars producing graduates ready to change the world.