Wells College seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Resident Life and Student Conduct. The Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct is a central leadership position within the Student Affairs area. Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director is responsible for development and implementation of a comprehensive residential life program grounded in student development theory that complements the academic goals of the institution and supports the growth of individual students. The Director is an integral member of the Student Affairs division, serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and providing operational support for programs and services under a cross-functional team strategy. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Community Development & Support:
Develop Community Standards for all Residence Halls
Support RA's as they facilitate initial, and ongoing roommate agreements
Track and document roommate agreements for students in residence
Conflict mediation resulting from roommates or residential communities that are unresolvable by the designated RD or RA
Coordinate Room Draw/Housing Selection Process
Coordinate Commencement and Summer Housing accommodations
Coordinate fall and spring opening processes and procedures
Coordinate End of Year Closing
Track keys and lockout information
Track housing Contracts
Convene and Coordinate Judicial procedures and conduct meetings, including case management and tracking.
Ensure compliance with reporting of statistics and policy enforcement
Review and edit polices as needed in conjunction with dean of students
Serve as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, conduct Title IX investigations and serve as a member of the Title IX response team.
Oversee and serve in the 24-hour on-call rotation, acting as a first responder when necessary
Supervise the Residence Hall Director(s)
Coordinate break housing services, including RA coverage
Respond to room change requests
Coordinate with Buildings & Grounds for repairs to individual rooms or common areas
Participate in conduct meetings, and subsequent case hearings
Attend designated "high-risk" campus events, including some dances, and senior week
Oversee the budget for the office of residence life
Student Affairs Cross-Functional Team Member:
Collaborate with Student Affairs staff in the development of student support strategies aimed at increasing student retention.
Support the Student Affairs team by carrying out agreed upon assignments under the leadership of fellow team members.
Supervise assigned professional staff, student office staff, and student event staff.
Serve as the staff supervisor for student events, as assigned.
Conduct and/or arrange for workshops on topics supporting student success.
Respond to inquiries from students, faculty, staff, parents, and members of the community.
Other Duties and Administrative Responsibilities:
Serve as an instructor for WLLS 100 student development course sections, when assigned.
Develop an assessment plan for the activities sponsored by the office.
Review student policies in collaboration with students and Student Affairs staff
Serve on College committees and task forces, as assigned
Perform other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of student development theory and the operation of residential living and learning communities. Knowledge of Title IX and applicable laws and regulations aimed at preventing and responding to sexual violence. Demonstrated ability to coordinate programs with other college departments. Knowledge of program design and assessment. Ability to assist in institutional retention efforts and the cultivation of relationships with students and alumni.
Master’s Degree. Experience in management of residential living and learning communities. Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive relationships with students and student organizations. Commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to working with multicultural populations. Effective leadership and management skills, including interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills. Experience in responding to incidents of sexual violence and compliance with Title IX. Ability to coordinate programs with other college departments and to assess program effectiveness. Effective verbal and written communication skills, computer skills, presentation and training skills. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters discreetly. Ability to work independently with little supervision. Knowledge of budget preparation and management. Experience with personnel supervision. Ability to teach student development courses designed to help students adjust to campus life.
Willingness to live in the on-campus apartment provided for this position is preferred, but not required.
Wells College is a small coeducational liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora, New York, which offers affordable, family-friendly living within a half hour's drive of Ithaca and within a 75-minute radius of Rochester, Syracuse and numerous other colleges and universities – an area rich in natural, educational and cultural resources. The current student body numbers about 500, 76% from NY State, and 32% identifying as students of color.
Wells College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. The College seeks to promote diversity in all of its hires to create a multicultural teaching, learning, and working environment; members of under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications should be submitted online at wells.edu/employment and include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references. All materials submitted should be in PDF. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Telephone inquiries can be made to Charles Kenyon, Dean of Students, at 315-364-3311.
About Wells College
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.