Director of Residential Education

Director of Residential Education - POSITION FILLED
Department:  Office of Campus Life
Date:  04/07/2020


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Office of Campus Life

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

Colby College seeks a director of residential education to provide leadership and management of a robust program and to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to implement the College’s vision for residential education. Reporting to the associate dean of students for student leadership and residential education, the director oversees residential education, campus housing, and Colby’s newly revised faculty in residence and faculty associate programs. Providing support for all aspects of residential community life, the director plays a vital role in the College’s ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. A significant function of the position requires supervision of approximately 60 undergraduates who serve as Community Advisors and Area Resident Directors (student hall staff) in the residence halls, including developing related trainings, selection processes, and programs. The director also works on building community, offering individual student support, and enhancing the residential experience of all Colby students. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • Oversee management of all residential education and housing functions, including management of the Community Advisors (CAs) program (60+ live in student peer leaders) and the Faculty-in-Residence and faculty associate programs
  • Manage the residential education and housing budgets
  • Co-direct first-year orientation planning and programs with the associate dean of students for student leadership and residential education
  • Contribute to the management of major events including opening/closing of residence halls, student orientation, first-year convocation, senior week, and commencement
  • Participate in evening and weekend programming as required by the nature of our residential community
  • Serve in the on-call rotation responding to emergency situations and student needs/concerns for 2-3 weeks each semester, including evenings and weekends
  • Supervise Community Advisors serving as a resource and advisor
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and execute all aspects of Area Resident Director (ARD) selection, training, and development
  • Supervise and oversee application, interview, selection, and placement process for all returning and new CAs
  • Plan and implement annual summer and winter training and development programs for both ARD and CA staff
  • Coordinate, facilitate, and execute all aspects of Summer CA selection and training; serve as liaison to the Office of Special Programs
  • Maintain regular contact with the CAs and ARDs; conduct weekly staff meetings
  • Evaluate each ARD’s performance informally on an on-going basis, and formally twice a year
  • Coordinate ongoing education and development opportunities for hall staff, faculty residents and faculty associates that could include follow-up sessions with Health Services, Department of Security, and other departments as needed
  • Provide leadership training to student hall staff and guide their efforts to support and enhance Colby’s commitment to a safe, diverse, and inclusive community
  • Collaborate with Office of Campus Life colleagues to develop, articulate, and execute plans for campus programming that supports the mission of a residential college
  • Support and participate in hall staff programming efforts by acting as a resource; monitor, track, and evaluate the quantity and quality of their programs
  • Serve as a resource for individual students and student groups
  • Oversee all aspects of housing operations alongside and in collaboration with the assistant director of residential education
  • Partner with Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to implement evaluation strategies to advance the work of the department
  • Work as an integral member of the Dean of the College Division staff and with all departments at the College
  • Serve on College committees related to student affairs as necessary
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience; Master’s degree in educational administration, student affairs, or related field preferred
  • 5 -7 years of progressive leadership experience in a student affairs staff position strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in skillful management of residential education and housing programs, supervising staff, crisis and conflict management, planning and collaboration with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and families
  • Proven experience in working successfully with all financial aspects and management of student affairs related facilities and services
  • Outstanding cultural competency with demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations
  • Deep commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive campus community
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of a highly selective small liberal arts college; understanding of the developmental issues faced by diverse populations of undergraduates in a rigorous academic environment
  • Experience in leadership education
  • Commitment to high level cooperation between student affairs and academic programs
  • Superior interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills in advising, coaching, and supervising a diverse group of students and staff
  • Knowledge of student development practices that support residential living
  • Talent to meet multiple simultaneous deadlines and to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be flexible, have great attention to detail, show initiative, and have a results-driven philosophy with the ability to problem-solve and work collaboratively
  • Prior experience in budget management, event and facilities management, staff development, and program creation and implementation

This position is a member of the Office of Campus Life team, which reports to the Office of the Dean of Students within the Dean of College Division at Colby. This position interacts with students, faculty, staff, families, and outside constituencies.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Evening and weekend work required.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Director of Residential Education - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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