Director of Housing and Residence Life

Job ID#: 21-0416c
Department: Student Life/Housing
Job Type: Staff
Job Status: Full-time
Date Posted: 04/16/2021
Desired fill date: Open until filled
Reports to: Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Supervision required: No

Job Summary

The Director of Housing and Residence Life provides departmental leadership for all aspects of the College’s Housing operations and residential student engagement. Through the supervision and direct support of residence life staff, and collaborations cross-college, the Director of Housing and Residence life works towards the overarching goal of developing and fostering a welcoming community of caring and respectful individuals. By focusing on improving the lived experience of students, the person that holds this position will have a significant and positive influence on student retention and success.

Utilizing the College’s ‘LEED Platinum’- certified, 104-bed facility, this position is also responsible for conference housing, and as space permits, scheduling our limited-residency students during colloquiums and to host local conference groups whenever there are available rooms.

On-campus housing provided.

Essential Responsibilities

Train, supervise and collaborate with the  Residence Life Coordinator

Manage housing application and assignment process. Facilitate residence operations, room change requests, consolidation, cleaning, occupancy reports and annual application process.

Coordinate all communications with residents including, attending Preview Weekend and Admissions events, Welcome Letters, maintenance and inspection room entry notices, etc.


  • Ensure resident safety and security in collaboration with Risk Management and the Facilities department. 
  • Coordinate 24-hour, on-call emergency coverage that includes weekends and holidays.
  • Instruct staff in safety and security and participate in simulations and emergency drills. Conduct fire drills.  Respond to emergency or crisis situations on an as-needed basis.
  • Collaborate with Director of Core Curriculum to create, support and facilitate living and learning communities
  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings
  • Supervise and co-facilitate RA Trainings and development
  • Advise and provide appropriate referrals for residents in need of professional services.
  • Use community-building techniques to support student success and prevent behavioral issues.
  • Address inappropriate behaviors and policy violations and serve as Conduct Officer.
  •  Communicate regularly and meet weekly with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Open and close residences at the beginning and end of each academic year.
  • Supervise and Conduct Health and Safety Inspections at least twice a semester.
  • Monitor expenditures for residence operations and manage a budget.
  • Collaborate with facilities to enhance student development and academic success within a residential setting.
  • Recommend improvements in policy and procedure to enhance safety and security of facilities.
  • Maintain the Prescott College Student Housing Policy and Procedure Handbook.
  • Utilize the Schlage/SMS database system to manage key accesses for The Village.
  • Utilize Power Campus and other college software to perform work responsibilities
  • Provide tours to potential students and campus guests.
  • Coordinate Summer Conference Housing as well as supporting Limited-Residency students who arrive for campus colloquia and symposiums.
  • Serve on Committees
  • Manage resident laundry facilities
  • Compile Clery reporting data
  • Serves as Title IX delegate, reporting to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

A successful candidate possess the knowledge of or the ability to learn, department and college policies and procedures and racial justice and inclusivity practices. Must have excellent ability to handled high-volume administrative tasks in a timely manner. Ability to work within a collaborative environment and with diverse populations work while working proactively to improve residence life and retention. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions. Ability to diffuse and respond effectively to crises as well as react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Ability to train and supervise others.

  • Master’s degree preferred in a discipline related to Student Affairs, Student Development, Events Management, Education or Mental Health field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Experience in a similar or related capacity including an overnight camp environment, youth camp, event planning, promotions, etc.
  • Title IX training and Certification.
  • Experience working with diverse populations and a commitment to DEI, Racial Justice and Inclusion practices
  • Experience working with students in crises
  • Strong skills in inter-personal relationships and genuine concern for others.
  • Experience mediating conflict and providing conflict resolution
  • Strong written, verbal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to cope and adapt to changing priorities and stressful conditions
  • May consider an equivalent combination of above work experience and education
  • Flexibility with work varying schedules including evenings, holidays and weekends
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Maintain a high energy level and positive attitude, communicate effectively, and manage multiple priorities.