Assistant Director of Residential Education
Department of Residential Education
Office of Campus Life


The Assistant Director of Residential Education is a 12-month, live-in position, responsible for supporting the departmental mission through the supervision of 9-12 paraprofessional staff members, the administration of a residential neighborhood of approximately 300-500 students, the planning, implementation and coordination of one central office responsibility, and assisting with one function within the larger Student Engagement portfolio.

Each residential neighborhood is supervised by an Assistant Director. Special emphasis is placed upon the role as an educator, promoting a meaningful integration of academic and residential life, and on engaging students into the HWS community.

Neighborhood placement is based on the needs of the department and may vary year to year. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Residential Education or his or her designee.



    • Supervise, evaluate and develop 9-12 resident assistants, which includes one senior resident assistant.
    • Actively participate in recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of paraprofessional staff.
    • Oversee a specific neighborhood of residences ranging from 300-500 undergraduate students.
    • Participate in campus-wide, intentional programming efforts by professional and student staff.
    • Serve as a first-level judicial hearing officer for students referred for policy violations.
    • Coordinate openings and closings, maintain occupancy records, develop building inventories, facilitate room changes, and manage damage billing for the area.
    • Respond to students and parents with issues and concerns.
    • Serve as a mediator for roommate conflicts.
    • Participate in a 24-hour, Monday through Sunday, on-call duty rotation between 2-3 times per semester.
    • Perform duties pertaining to fire safety including fire drills, fire safety checks, building walkthroughs, etc.


    Each Assistant Director is also assigned one of the following departmental responsibilities:

    • TRAINING: Plan, coordinate, and implement paraprofessional training with an engaging, proactive, learning-centered approach. This includes coordinating.
    • SELECTION: Plan, coordinate, and implement paraprofessional selection with keen attention to marketing.
    • LIVING/LEARNING COMMUNITIES: Coordinate with the Director of Residential Education a comprehensive living/learning community program which includes planning field trips, engaging with faculty, and aligning programming with course objectives.
    • STUDENT CARE/CONCERN: Serve as case manager for student concerns by chairing the weekly residential education care/concern group, managing case files (via CampusLab’s Beacon and Maxient), and ensuring a student-centered approach.  


    Each Assistant Director is also assigned one of the following student engagement responsibilities:

    • CLUB SPORTS: Plan, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive club sports program, including successful partnership with the recreation department, marketing, and the student organizations. Includes training and management of captains, as well as independent contractors.
    • STUDENT CONDUCT: Plan, coordinate, train, and advise the HWS Judicial Board; serve as a hearing officer for cases as determined by the Assistant Vice President/Dean of Student Engagement and Conduct.
    • SUSTAINABILITY: Coordinate programs focusing on waste reduction and sustainability measures with the Sustainability Manager; supervise the EcoRep program.
    • STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST: Serve as an advisor to a portfolio of clubs and organizations and assist with the coordination of campus-wide events alongside the student activities staff.

    This position is a valuable member of the Student Engagement Team and will collaborate with other offices to engage students in campus programming initiatives and perform other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling or a related field and two to three years residence life experience.

Energy and enthusiasm for working in a collaborative, vibrant and creative environment is a must. Sense of humor and flexibility with the day-to-day activities and demands of a residential campus will be beneficial.


This is a full-time, 12-month, live-in, benefits-eligible administrative, non-exempt position. Compensation includes salary, a furnished apartment, local phone, assigned parking space, campus gym membership, a meal plan during the academic year, and the Colleges’ comprehensive benefits package. The Colleges allow a partner/spouse to reside in housing and also allows for one approved pet (one dog, cat, caged bird, or maximum 50 gallon aquarium). Professional development funds are also available. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Review of resumes will begin immediately.


The start date is July 1, 2018 and is flexible. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three (3) professional references to our application service, Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/48595.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to providing a non-discriminatory and harassment-free educational, living and working environment for all members of the HWS community, including students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. HWS prohibits discrimination and harassment in their programs and activities on the basis of age, color, disability, domestic violence victim status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected under the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and other forms of sexual misconduct including stalking and intimate partner violence, and gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective residential liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions.  The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.



Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.