In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Campus Title: Director of Residential Life State Job Title:Director Department: Residential Life Job Code: HA6000 FLSA Status: Exempt Funding: 7115-6001 Bargaining Unit: APA Job Type: Full-time Permanent Timeframe: 52 Weeks Shift: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Will be required to participate in campus on-call rotation. Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday Supervision Received: The Director of Residential Life will receive direct supervision from the Dean of Students and/or Associate Dean of Students. Supervision Exercised: The Director of Residential Life supervises two Assistant Directors, Accountant, and Clerk IV. Salary: $75,000.00-$80,000.00 (Salary will be commensurate with education and experience).
General Statement of Duties: Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director of Residential Life will provide leadership for the Westfield State University campus to enhance the student experience outside of the classroom. As a senior leader, the Director will be an integral part of the division in creating: vision, setting goals and being accountable for a robust, intentional experience which will enable students to learn about themselves and others as they thrive to achieve their personal goals and realize their potential as members of the WSU campus, their families, communities, and professions. The Director will supervise the areas of Housing Operations, Residential Engagement, and overall office management. The Director will possess excellent collaborative skills, be expected to create outstanding relationships across the University, lead a multidimensional team within the portfolio, be committed to social justice issues and have the ability to demonstrate a commitment to student development, the desire to enrich the experience and engagement of students and staff, and the ability to build trust while dealing with critical issues and challenges on campus. Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but not limited to: Essential:
The Director of Residential Life has the primary responsibility for providing vision, leadership, strategic planning and oversight of the 2,500 bed housing program to create a robust residential experience.
Align and coordinate a comprehensive array of programs, services, and initiatives using best practices and data analysis to promote a welcoming, inclusive environment, with a focus on retention, completion, and post-graduation success for all residential students.
Hire, coach, train, supervise and evaluate assistant housing operations, residential engagement, and resident directors.
Develop departmental budget requests and expenditures to advance departmental goals in accordance with fiscal policies and procedures and oversee management of all budgets within the portfolio.
Foster open communications and proactively build strong collegial and collaborative relationships with internal and external partners.
Support a culture of accountability and continuous improvement through assessment and data collection about students to inform the campus and to use in decision making for the student experience.
Work closely with faculty, academic colleagues, and other campus stakeholders to provide strategic coordination in building inclusive operations, programs and services for students.
Work to create a vibrant student experience that brings WSU's diverse community of students together while supporting individual student identities and interests; motivating students to expand their horizons; strengthening student well-being; and creating a strong bond of belonging at the University.
Create opportunities for campus-wide conversation on key student life issues including the optimal campus social and residential experience; keeping a keen focus and attention to the changing well-being needs of students.
Provide leadership for development of student learning outcomes, learning communities and assessment of learning.
Work closely with admission staff to tell the story to perspective students and families about the student experience at WSU to ensure that applicants are a good fit for the institution.
Work closely with the division partners to ensure a holistic approach to student well-being, manage student crisis, and provide timely notifications to parents or other responsible persons as appropriate.
Keep abreast of federal, state, and local laws, guidelines, and ordinances that impact the student experience.
Serve as a role model, mentor, advisor, and support for students and staff.
Serve on divisional and campus-wide committees.
Participate in campus on-call rotation.
Manage special projects as outlined by the Dean of Students Office.
Attend after-hours and week programs and campus events.
The successful candidate must demonstrate experience, skills, and commitment to fostering an environment of belonging, diversity, equity, respect and inclusion. In addition, the candidate must possess:
Demonstrated experience engaging with students, a commitment to building community with students and staff, and the ability to create and grow partnerships for promoting student learning and success.
Master's degree in College Student Affairs or related field.
5-7 years experience working in higher education.
3-5 years experience in supervising professional staff.
Demonstrated ability to develop and use data-analytics.
Ability to handle extremely sensitive and confidential matters discreetly.
Experience working in college student affairs, preferably within residential life.
Ability to initiate and build relationships with faculty and other academic colleagues.
Budget management experience and oversight.
Deep understanding of national best practices about student leadership development, anti-racism and identity development, residential life, and student learning.
Experience with current and emerging technology, including social media (hardware and software solutions) related to housing, student activities, and orientation.
Salary: For the majority of new employees, the minimum starting salary will apply. Specific salary for current Westfield State University employees and individuals currently working for the state of Massachusetts must be calculated individually in accordance with collective bargaining and state policies and procedures.
Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to complete an initial series of COVID vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) prior to coming to campus. Initial booster doses are strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. New employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources prior to onboarding. Employees who require a medical or religious exemption should email Tina Bones, Benefits Manager in Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
Contact information for three references *
Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree
* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.
Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected.
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us. Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.