Assist the Director of University Residences as primary
professional for cultural, residential and academic transitions through
supportive cultural, social and educational communities actively involving
student learning. Providing oversight for a campus community of approximately
1,745 of the 4,100 residential students, the Assistant Director of Residence
Life / Equity and Inclusion is assigned responsibility for supervising four (4)
resident directors. In collaboration with other department and campus
colleagues, (i.e. Ethnic Student Center, Equal Opportunity Office, Human
Resources, Counseling Center, and other campus representatives), this position
will cultivate positive, nurturing and academically focused residential
communities assisting in students’ success and satisfaction. Positive
individual and community interaction is vital for students to benefit
from diversity by together encouraging individuals as well as groups of
students from diverse racial, ethnic, international, and domestic backgrounds
in meaningful interactions. This person will assume programmatic leadership to
student residential communities related to inclusion, diversity and inclusion
initiatives. Additionally, this position serves in an on-call rotation with
other department colleagues assisting with the coordination of student
direct supervision and evaluation to 4 professional resident directors
(RDs); indirect supervision for 1 full time assistant resident director
and 38-43 undergraduate paraprofessional staff. RDs are each responsible
for student staff supervision and training, educational and social
programming, student leadership development including advising student
governance groups, conduct adjudication, crisis response, and administrative
processes in a residential community from 225 to 575 students.
directing, coaching, mentoring, and evaluating staff, ensure staff perform
assigned responsibilities in prescribed methods in accordance to standards
established by department leadership.
collect input from students, student staff and professional staff to
provide annual formal evaluations, as well as on-going informal
regularly with each professional staff individually to facilitate
effective job performance as well as provide on-going professional
RDs in developing and implementing residential programming, organized to
create an atmosphere of self-directed learning and opportunity for working
with other stakeholder offices in establishing positive student
Equity & Inclusion
commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in aspects of campus
culturally competent staff. Work closely with professional staff to ensure
residential life staff are trained on issues of equity and inclusion,
with particular emphasis on effectiveness in carrying out
positional responsibilities in the residential environment.
leadership and coordinates departmental initiatives related to diversity and
inclusive excellence including diversity education incorporation into all
aspects of the residential experience.
and advance departmental and institutional goals and values related to
strong collaborative relationships with other diversity resources on
campus. Create and maintain strong connections with programs serving First
Generation, LGBT, International, Muslim, Jewish and other entities
director in establishing and leading the department of University
Residences Diversity Committee composed of full time professional and
with residence life and departmental staff team as appropriate to plan and
implement diversity programming and educational efforts for students such
as Diversity Poster, NCORE, Staff Exchanges, Roundtables, etc.
Recruitment, Selection or Training
recruitment and selection processes for all professional and undergraduate
staff. Work with supervisor to develop a strategy to fill residence life
administrative paperwork and serve as a resource to search committee.
Maintain close working relationship with University Residences department
position regarding university hiring and payroll protocol.
administrative procedures and processes, social media and marketing
campaigns for all recruitment efforts on and off campus. Represent
University Residences and Residence Life at designated placement and
recruitment conferences and events.
reapplication and assess returning staff intentions.
and implement a robust and consistent on-boarding program for all
professional, graduate and undergraduate staff. Work with other offices
and department to provide on-boarding training for new staff.
a new staff “buddy program” to provide support for new employees.
implement, and evaluate training program for all staff including
coordinating events, speakers, consultants, meals, materials, and social
activities to ensure implementation of all training programs.
and prepare all learning objectives, performance objectives, materials and
manuals for training programs for all positions.
the staff training committee; in assigning roles and tasks to all
committee members reporting progress of committee work to the associate
monitor and maintain the Department's budget for all training and staff
development related initiatives.
diversity into development of programs, practices, policies and
with other University Residences staff in long-term strategic planning,
short-term coordination of operations, and more immediate problem
as unit liaison for housing facility and maintenance related
residence life staff complete administrative tasks accurately and on-time,
and understand and adhere to all departmental and university
policies, procedures and guidelines.
in developing residence life process and procedures
On-Call / After-Hours Responsibility
other residence life leadership team members, serve on an after-hours
rotation to consult with on-call resident director and respond to emergent
student and physical infrastructure concerns.
higher administration of incidents that are media worthy, involve
significant harm/risk to safety to the residential campus student and
training and supervision to resident directors as they develop and execute
programming budgets and advise student groups in budgeting and spending
Life Leadership Team
Life Area and Combined Staff Meetings
Residence department committee(s) as appropriate
and Student Services Divisional committee(s) as needed
Under leadership from the department’s associate
director for business operations, assist associate director of residence life
in the development and annual review of the residence life budget
degree in college student personnel, student development, higher
education, counseling, management, public administration, sociology or
years full-time management or administrative experience in college or
university residence education.
leading in a diverse and inclusive environment and a demonstrated ability
to understand perspectives and experiences of people from historically
collegiality and leadership ability.
effective written and oral communication skills, as well as mediation skills.
to five years progressively more responsible supervisory experience in
with crisis management.
live-in residence hall or student housing staff experience.
planning, coordinating and implementing large-scale events and
Ability to apply current student learning and
development theories and research.
must apply online via Western PageUp at wwu.edu/jobs. A complete
application includes: 1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred
qualifications, 2) a one-page statement regarding your demonstrated ability to
integrate the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity into Residence Life;
3) a resume; and 4) the names and contact information for three professional