Massachusetts College of Art and Design is the only freestanding public college of art and design in the United States. The college is nationally known for offering broad access to quality professional arts education, accompanied by a strong general education in the liberal arts. A major cultural force in Boston, in addition to its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, MassArt also offers acclaimed public programs, including exhibitions, lectures, outreach activities and events, and education programs for adults and youth.
The Residence Hall Director is an 11 month (48 week position with 4 weeks off in either June or July) professional live-in position and includes the management and overall operation of a Residence Hall during the academic year and residential life responsibilities during the summer. Our Residence Hall Director positions include the joint management of neighboring institutions leasing space. While all responsibilities listed are important to the role of the Residence Hall Director, the following are considered essential functions:
Supervise paraprofessional staff
This is a live-on position that must maintain a presence on campus including evenings and weekends
Fulfill duty requirements and counsel residents on behavior that violates College policies
Respond to all residence halls when needed
Oversee the safety and security of residents and the residence halls
Complete essential administrative duties
Ensure that affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions and are in accordance with the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Diversity Plan
Participate in committees and plan Academic Year College-Wide events as assigned.
Engage in direct/indirect summer residential life program management
Excellent benefits package including an ADA accessible two-bedroom fully furnished apartment with a full kitchen. A regular meal plan during the academic year will be provided.
Partners welcome. Pets allowed with approval of the Senior Director of Housing and Residence Life and AVP/Dean of Students. (Please ask for Pet guideline contract). Multiple tuition remission and waiver options available. Successful candidate, and partner/child dependent (if living in the apartment) will need to be CORI-cleared before starting.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a full time live-on position and, as such, the Residence Hall Director is expected to have significant presence in the residence halls, including on evenings and weekends. The position is a designated essential personnel staff position which means (absent of extreme circumstances) all scheduled work is to take place on-campus. It is also expected that live-on staff members understand that “live-on” means that you will carry yourself in a professional manner when on campus. Students easily observe if professional staff members are gone every weekend or spend much of their time outside of work hours off campus. Professional staff members will always be viewed as such by students, even when they are not actually working.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Anticipated start date: July 1st, 2021
Summary of Duties
Support programming model and philosophy by planning, organizing, and directing student activities and programs within the residence hall.
Explain and executive MassArt community standards, residence hall policies, expectations, and regulations to individual students and groups in the residence halls. Be knowledgeable of academic and college policies.
Build relationships with residents in order to facilitate referrals to appropriate academic and/or administrative departments.
Provide appropriate counseling to students and make referrals.
Serve as a Community Standards Officer hearing officer for conduct matters concerning students residing in the residence halls.
Develop, coordinate and implement educational programs on topics related to issues of social justice.
Student Supervision and Training
Supervise and establish performance goals for paraprofessional staff in the building.
Supervise (if appointed) leadership positions within the Department of Housing and Residence Life (i.e Peer Conduct Advisor, Program Coordinator)
Conduct weekly supervisory meetings, monthly staff development sessions, and Social Justice Seminars with staff on a group and individual basis.
Evaluate paraprofessional staff.
Assist the paraprofessional staff in dealing with student concerns.
Recruit and select paraprofessional staff.
Collaborate with other College members to provide paraprofessional staff in-service training.
Ensure facility maintenance within the residence halls.
Coordinate coverage and procedures for the Residence Hall Director office.
Supervise the administrative duties associated with the operation of the residence halls (i.e. mail, posting, bulletin boards, etc.).
Supervise the issuance, collection, and control of room and building keys.
Maintain appropriate management records and provide written reports and summaries as requested.
Coordinate the opening and closing of the residence halls.
Assist with room selection and coordinate/approve all room changes with the Housing office.
Determine paraprofessional and professional staff duty rosters for residence halls.
Provide professional staff on-call coverage as required during evening and weekend hours during the year (this includes all breaks and summer coverage). This responsibility will occur within the 11 month period of employment.
Maintain regular office hours.
Neighboring School/Shared Space
Work with partnering institutions that share MassArt housing and schools from whom MassArt leases space
Collaborate with partnering institutions’ offices to determine disciplinary sanctions, meetings, and procedures.
Set-up regular meetings with partner institutions to discuss building operations and issues related to Residence Life.
Establish check-in procedures and staff utilization for check-in and check-out of partner institutions students.
Indirect responsibilities including supervision/support/training to the partner institutions’ resident assistants staffed in the building. If the schedule permits, take part in partner institutions’ Orientation events.
Communicate weekly on issues with partner institutions.
Other duties that may be assigned given the partnership.
Represent the Office of Housing and Residence Life on committees as required during the academic year.
Participate in Residence Life office functions (i.e. room selection, staff selection, etc.) and College functions as deemed necessary by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.
Participate in the determination of new program directions for the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Be an active participant in events run by the Colleges of the Fenway.
Investigate policy violations that may involve policies related to the Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan.
Participate in and assist in planning College-wide events (including but not limited to) Commencement, Orientation, opening/closing of Residence Halls.
Attend professional training workshops provided by Housing and Residence Life, the Office of Student Development, and the Colleges of the Fenway.
Property Management Company
The Property Management Company and Massachusetts College of Art and Design have an on-going partnership regarding the maintenance of the on-campus housing program.The property manager has an office within the Artists’ Residence and the Tree House Residence Hall and is responsible for security, facilities/maintenance, summer leasing/conferencing and damage billing. It is the responsibility of the Residence Hall Director and the Property Manager to work together to establish clear guidelines and to follow policies that have been established through Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Along with the property management company, perform inspections of student rooms to maintain appropriate standards of health, safety, and maintenance.
Report needed repairs, and follow-ups to maintenance staff and Property Manager.
Work with the security officers within the residence halls regarding building emergencies.
Report any staff policy violations to the Property Manager.
Report damage throughout the year.
Functional/Divisional Team Assignment
Additional responsibilities will be assigned by the Senior Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Vice President and AVP/Dean of Students. Functional team/individual assignments included are meant to be managed during the 11 month contracted period of employment. They are subject to change and are not limited to:
Coordinate Winter Resident Assistant Training
Assist in the coordination of August Paraprofessional Training
Social Justice Seminar Series for Paraprofessional Staff
Facilitate the Housing Attendant program with Admissions Office
Coordinate and Oversee Pre-Semester Housing Program
Coordinate and Oversee Summer Youth Program
Supervision of Programming Coordinator Advisor
Supervision of Peer Conduct Advisor
Coordinate and Oversee Resident Assistant Course
Coordinate and Oversee Resident Assistant Staff Socials
Coordinate and Oversee Resident Assistant Appreciation Day
Oversee and/or coordinate Residence Life survey administration, assessment and summary reports
Massachusetts College of Art and Design is a public, independent institution that prepares artists, designers, and educators from diverse backgrounds to shape communities, economies, and cultures for the common good, and demonstrate our values by:
Pursuing a just, compassionate, and equitable learning environment.
Cultivating rigorous creative practices by observing, questioning, making and remaking.
Honoring courage, honesty, mutual respect, and self-expression.
Believing in the power of art and design to transform our world.
Please note that MassArt does not provide employment-based visa sponsorship or non-student exchange visitor visa sponsorship for administrators, managers, technical staff, library staff or support staff. All offers of employment are based on appropriate U.S. work authorization.
MassArt currently does not provide reimbursement for travel.
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check relative to prior criminal convictions and pending cases, as well as Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks relative to prior sexual offenses committed as an adult or juvenile will be conducted on the final candidate prior to an offer of employment. MassArt requires specific written authorization to conduct background checks. Failure to provide such authorization shall preclude your application from receiving further consideration.
Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of post-baccalaureate experience in residence life/housing with 1 of those years being live-in or Masters in student affairs or related field with 1 year live-in post-baccalaureate/professional residence life experience.
Demonstrated experience with issues of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Participate in On call professional duty rotation-post bachelor in a supervisory capacity
Student staff supervision
Ability to lift and carry heavy objects up to 15 lbs
Hearing Officer for Student Conduct
Masters degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling, or a related field
3 years post baccalaureate Residence Director Experience
Training in Inclusivity and issues of Social Justice
Crisis Management/Case Management
Experience in conduct management
Experience as a mandated reporter
Title IX investigation experience
About Massachusetts College of Art & Design
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