Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Resident Director at Western Washington University


2017-2018 Position Announcement

Active Minds Changing Lives!  At Western, we build a stronger Washington by being an international leader in active learning, critical thinking, and societal problem solving.  Western serves as a model for institutional effectiveness, innovation, diversity, and sustainability. In our residence halls, we value engaged educators who will develop diverse and inclusive communities that foster reflection on self, others, relationships and community.  As a member of our team, your job develops and administers a comprehensive residence hall program with these goals in mind.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum one year relatable full-time work experience or one year graduate-level experience working in higher education setting
  • Effective communication skills, including cross-cultural communication
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and the ability to create and promote an inclusive community
  • Demonstrated ability to be collegial, provide leadership, and collaborate with faculty and academic support staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Experience supervising student staff, developing community, advising student organizations, working with other student affairs offices, or promoting student learning in a residence hall setting
  • Skills in crisis management, counseling, mediation, student referrals, and academic support
  • Ability to address transitional and academic needs of international students and visiting scholars

Remuneration:  a 12 month, full-time Administrative Exempt position with a starting salary of $35,717; furnished apartment; staff meal plan; professional development opportunities; a full University benefits package.  Employment commences August 2017.

Summary of Responsibilities: The resident director is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of student life in a residence hall/apartment area of 250-650 students; provides leadership and education in developing diverse and inclusive communities enhancing student learning; develops consciousness regarding principles of equality, respect, and individual and collective responsibility; provides conduct adjudication and hall council advisement; supervises and provides training for student staff (assistant resident directors, resident advisors, community advisors), participates in departmental assessment efforts and during the summer, provide collateral responsibilities in conference services or facilities operations. Each resident directors supervise an undergraduate assistant resident director. RDs work under the supervision of an assistant director of residence life and collaborate with other university departments.

University Residences at WWU: Western Washington University houses over 4100 students in 13 residence halls and one apartment complex.  The residence life staff consists of three assistant directors, three support staff, nine resident directors, nine assistant resident directors, 73 resident advisors and five community advisors.  Please refer to the WWU, University Residences, or Bellingham, WA websites for more information.

Application Instructions and Requested Materials: All applicants must submit an online ap-plication accessed at https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/rdsearch/. Attach all formatted materials to our application site.   Please specifically address your professional background and experience as it pertains to the required and preferred qualifications in your cover/application letter and your re-sume.  We will conduct screening interviews through web-enabled two-way video conferencing as well as interview onsite at both The Oshkosh Placement Exchange, Oshkosh, Wisconsin and The Placement Exchange, San Antonio, TX.

Deadline for application:  Search will be ongoing until position(s) filled.  Application review commences January 30, 2017.  Please visit RD Search for more information about the position.  For more information/questions, call (360) 650-2960 or email Residence Life at reslife@wwu.edu.

WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360) 650-3774.

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