Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department
In support of WWU bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, University Residences (UR) engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. We house over 4000 students in 13 residence halls and one apartment complex. The residence life staff consists of one associate director, three assistant directors, one manager of apartments, one conduct manager/case officer, three support staff, nine resident directors, five assistant directors, 73 resident advisers and five community advisers.
About the Position
This is a full-time, FLSA exempt, 12-month appointment, live-in position with University Residences.
As our Resident Director you will provide educational and administrative leadership in developing diverse and inclusive communities that enhance student learning and development. You will supervise staff, manage facilities, coordinate the activities and programs of a university residential community or apartment complex, and may also work with summer conference and guest housing. You will provide a safe, secure, living environment that maximizes student involvement. You will perform appropriate administrative duties in support of each area of accountability. You are student-centered, customer-service oriented, and have the ability and desire to work in an organization that fosters academic success and personal growth.
You must demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations to create inclusive communities. Resident Directors are educators who develop and implement a residence life program centered on engaging students through intentionally designed lesson plans to reach specific learning outcomes guided by Self Authorship theory. You will partner with assistant resident directors, resident advisors and student leaders to help residents learn about themselves and how to live and work with others through personal reflection on self, others, relationships and community.
You will be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of student life in a residence hall/apartment area of 250-650 students; provide leadership and education in developing diverse and inclusive communities that enhance student learning; develop consciousness regarding principles of equality, respect, and individual and collective responsibility; provide conduct adjudication and hall council advisement; supervise and provide training for student staff (assistant resident director, resident advisers, community advisers), and participate in departmental assessment efforts. Some resident directors supervise an undergraduate assistant resident director. You will work under the supervision of an assistant director of residence life and collaborate with other university departments.
Your responsibilities will include:
Staff Selection, Training, Supervision and Performance Evaluation
Provide leadership and guidance in the implementation of the Residence Education Model to facilitate student reflection on: self, others, relationships and community
Collaborate with other departments in their implementation of programs that support student academic success and personal wellness
Community Development: Plan and work with students and staff to coordinate efforts and dialog that promote inclusive communities and ensure creation of a safe, welcoming environment
Student Leadership Development
Assessment: Help develop and implement assessment to measure implementation of the Residence Education Model, student progress toward learning outcomes, and the effectiveness of training and other processes; analyze raw qualitative and quantitative data, determine implications, and generate usable reports
Student Conduct: Teach, communicate, interpret, and administer policies in connection to the University Residential Community Standards; serve as primary conduct officer for the community and following established due process guidelines
Counseling, Mediation, Crisis Management, and Referral: Provide one-on-one and small group counsel and referral within the scope of your skills and training; provide crisis management, conflict management and mediation assistance for students
Facility and Occupancy Management: Oversee supply and equipment inventory and maintenance/custodial needs
Campus-wide 24-Hour "On-Call" Responsibility: Participate in a rotating departmental on-call system as the emergency responder for entire residential system (over 4000 students)
Communication: Maintain written and verbal communication with immediate supervisor, the Residence Life central office, and all relevant participate regarding activities and incidents that occur within the residential communities
Other Duties as Assigned
The academic year and summer building assignments are based upon the needs of the entire University Residences program and are subject to change. Resident Directors will be given an apartment, as specified in the Employment Agreement, and may be required to move temporarily or permanently to accommodate summer responsibilities, or an incoming RD, especially in the event they have been released from the terms of the Agreement for the summer or will not be employed the following academic year. In the period between mid-June and mid-August, RDs are assigned to a variety of ancillary projects and tasks that support the development of the department.
1 year full-time or 1 year graduate-level experience working in higher education setting
Effective communication skills, including cross-cultural communication
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and the ability to create and promote an inclusive community
Demonstrated ability to be collegial, provide leadership, and collaborate with faculty and academic support staff
Student-focused candidate with experience teaching/educating either in or out of the classroom
Experience supervising student staff, developing community, advising student organizations, working with other student affairs offices, or promoting student learning in a residence hall setting
Skills in crisis management, counseling, mediation, student referrals, and academic support
Ability to address transitional and academic needs of international students and visiting scholars
Commensurate with experience and qualifications; includes an excellent benefits package
All applicants must submit an application online.
Please address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications in your cover/application letter and your resume.
We will be conducting screening interviews both at the NASPA/ACUHO-I Placement Ex-change (TPE) and through web-enabled two-way video conferencing. Please indicate in your cover/application letter whether you plan to attend TPE.
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
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All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.