Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Resident Director at Western Washington University

Active Minds Changing Lives!  Western Washington University has a progressive Residence Education Model guided by Baxter-Magolda’s Self Authorship theory and Learning Partnership model in which staff engage with students individually to enhance learning and development.  We value engaged educators who will develop diverse and inclusive communities that foster reflection on self, others, relationships and community.

Required Qualifications:
•       Bachelor’s degree
•       Minimum one year full-time 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
•       Student-focused candidate with experience teaching/educating in or out of classroom
•       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 $35,717.43; furnished apartment; staff meal plan; professional development opportunities; a full University benefits package.  Employment commences August 2018.

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 that enhance 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, and participates in departmental assessment efforts. Some 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: In support of WWU bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities, University Residences (UR) engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. We house over 4000 students in 13 residence halls and one apartment complex.  The residence life staff consists of one associate director, three assistant directors, one apartment coordinator, one conduct manager/case officer, three support staff, nine resident directors, nine assistant resident directors, 73 resident advisers and five community advisers.  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 application which can be accessed at https://housing.wwu.edu/apps/reslife-jobs/.  Please address how you meet the required and preferred qualifications in your cover/application letter and your resume.  We will be conducting screening interviews both at the NASPA/ACUHO-I Placement Exchange (TPE) and through web-enabled two-way video conferencing. Please indicate in your cover/application letter whether you plan to attend TPE.

Deadline for application:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  Position is currently open and screening of application materials begins upon receipt. Please visit Residence Life Recruitment webpage for more information about the position and timeline.
For more information/questions, call (360) 650-2960 or email Ashley Barnes at Ashley.Barnes@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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