Director of Residence Life

Director of Residence Life


Closes: Open Until Filled

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Wooster, OH

About The College of Wooster:

Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.

The College offers a comprehensive benefits program that includes: Health, Dental, Retirement, and Tuition Remission.

Job Description:

The College of Wooster is seeking a Director of Residence Life. This position is responsible for providing visionary leadership, guidance, and oversight for an inclusive and vibrant residence life program which is a critical part of our strategic plan at this private, residential, liberal arts college. With focus on building welcoming, engaged residential communities and student support, the Residence Life program complements the academic mission of the College. Our mission includes a primary commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of our programs, with a student body from across the US and around the world.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Create welcoming, inclusive, student centered environments within residential spaces on campus. Facilitate educational interventions and support.
  • Develop a long-term vision for the residential program, including student learning outcomes and regular assessment of those learning outcomes.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate Residence Life Staff, including full-time professional staff, residential graduate assistants and student resident advisors.
  • Serve as a direct and approachable resource for students who are experiencing difficulties related to their residential life or residential space.
  • Communicate with a variety of constituencies including, students, parents, staff, faculty, alumni, and vendors.
  • Adjudicate cases as a campus conduct officer, as requested by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities and resolve student disciplinary issues in residential spaces.
  • Work collaboratively as a key partner with the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities to develop and reinforce proactive community standards within residential spaces.
  • Participate in the 24-hour on-call schedule for student emergencies and follow up with appropriate interventions.




Education and Experience:

Master's degree in education or related field plus a minimum of five years of full-time, substantial, and progressive experience supervising various residential life and/or housing programs; experience in managing a housing program that includes educational programming and outcomes.

Required Qualifications:



  • Experience in program development, inclusive community building, advising and mentoring, crisis intervention, staff supervision and development.
  • Demonstrated success in leading residential programs that promote inclusive excellence, and that support the thriving of international, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other historically marginalized or underrepresented students.
  • Must be highly motivated, collaborative, energetic, and ready to assume the responsibility for a comprehensive program; must be imaginative and creative; must be able to promote and motivate high enthusiasm for the residential life program.
  • Appreciation for the relationship between the academic and residential life programs at a private, liberal arts institution.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; strong organizational skills; the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines; and computer literacy.
  • Willingness to live on or near campus and a commitment to engaging with the campus community in formal and informal ways.



Additional Information:

The College of Wooster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or by state, local, or federal law. All offers of employment are subject to verification of the legal right to work in the United States as required by federal law. The College of Wooster is committed by policy and practice to diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information on our nondiscrimination policy visit:

Application Instructions:

For highest consideration please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references which includes name, telephone number and email address.

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