Community Director at Roger Williams University

Posted in Other 9 days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Bristol, Rhode Island

Job Description:

Company Description:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Residence Life & Housing, the Community Director serves an important leadership role in creating an environment and experience that intentionally contributes to the academic and personal success of each resident student in support of the Department of Residence Life & Housing. The incumbent will also serve as the comprehensive educators and managers for a residential community in an overall residential education program and housing operation for 3,000 undergraduate students residing in traditional-, suite-, and apartment-style living. The Division of Student Life has implemented a new curricular approach to student learning and Community Directors are instrumental in leading these efforts within the Department of Residence Life & Housing.

Residential Education

  • Facilitate, monitor, report and evaluate engagement strategies based on the RWU Student Life Division Curricular Model and Residence Life & Housing Educational Plan.
  • Lead the staff in administering Educational Initiatives for their residential community.
  • Utilize the residential curriculum model to encourage personal development, academic achievement, community living and social interaction.
  • Serve as the primary advisor to the residential community's Hall Council, attending Executive Board and Hall Council meetings.
  • Attend staff/student-planned community development activities and educational events including but not limited to at least one Inter-Residence Hall Association program.
  • Oversee the residential community's staff development, programming, and hall council budgets.
  • Serve as a primary Hearing Officer for the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution adjudicating cases involving alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Work with the Department of Residence Life & Housing to establish a Sophomore Experience program.

Facilities and Operations

  • Manage administrative aspects of the residential community including administering room inventory reports, executing health and safety inspections, key inventories, room changes, and other details as related to the opening and closing of the respective residential community.
  • Assume the overall responsibility of a residential community, monitoring and reporting concerns related to the safety and facilities of the area.
  • Ensure that daily maintenance and custodial issues are effectively and efficiently managed within their area of responsibility.
  • Assist in facilitation of annual Resident Satisfaction Survey.
  • Oversee the opening and closing of a residential community as well as the transition to summer student and conferences housing.
  • Prepare an annual report to capture success, challenges, and inner workings of the residential community.

Student Support

  • Meet individually with students and, when appropriate, with parents to assist them in making appropriate choices and utilizing appropriate resources to help foster success at RWU.
  • Serve as on-call professional staff on a rotating basis during weekend and evening hours to respond to residential emergencies dealing with student behavior, mental health emergencies, and other situations that require an immediate response.
  • Provide and support student recognition initiatives and promote leadership opportunities.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with students assigned to the designated residential community, offering assistance and support through regular student contact and conducting wellness checks upon request.

Staff Management

  • Directly supervise, mentor, evaluate and make recommendations for staff members.
  • Actively participate in the facilitation of staff selection, rehire and placement.
  • Develop, implement and assess semi-annual training programs and weekly staff meetings for the purpose of staff education and on-going professional development.
  • Model and promote inclusiveness through staff training, and support of division and campus-wide Social Justice Initiatives.

Department Leadership

  • Actively participate in departmental, divisional and campus-wide committees, including a specific auxiliary assignment or special project, as assigned.
  • Be accessible, visible and present for large campus-wide programs, speakers, and athletic events.
  • Attend/support at least one program during spring weekend and chaperoning at least one senior class or Student Programs, Leadership and Orientation event.
  • Participate in new student recruitment and orientation events.

Additional Functions

  • Support the various programs and initiative of the department in addition to primary duties.
  • Accept responsibility for additional initiatives, as assigned, such as special projects, representing the department on campus-wide initiatives or participating in events.


  • Master's degree in higher education, counseling, student personnel services, student affairs administration, or a related field.
  • Experience working in Residence Life and Housing or a related field.
  • Supervisory skills which inspire, motivate, and foster a culture in which all staff members are treated with respect, fairness, and professionalism and promotes professional development among the team.
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as leader and collaborative member of a team.
  • Sensitive, diplomatic, and articulate written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to implement problem solving strategies to manage everyday residential challenges such as crisis response, conflict management, community development, and student/family concerns in a fast-paced environment
  • A demonstrated commitment and passion for professional growth in the areas of student learning and development, community development, supporting students' well-being, and best practices in residence life programs and operations.
  • Commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and strategies for interacting effectively with people different from oneself.
  • Commitment to professional growth in best practices in using technology in residence life and student affairs to increase efficiency, accessibility, and quality of housing operations and residence life practices.
  • Must live in University housing.
  • Availability on weekends and evenings, as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in delivering programs and services practice (i.e., staffing practices, supervision, training, policies, programs).
  • Knowledge of equity and inclusion issues and laws that impact higher education and particularly community living (all gender spaces, Title IX, affinity based living learning communities, ADA compliance).
  • Experience in housing systems that include crisis management, student advising, program planning, and supervision of student staff.
  • Experience working with a learning outcome based residential curriculum.
  • Demonstrated skills in public speaking, facilitating conversations, and presenting to families, students, staff and other constituents.
  • Experience with student conduct, mediating student conflicts and restorative approaches to conflict resolution.
  • Experience planning and executing programs, events, and training sessions and workshops.

At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Additional Information:

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law. For information on our Non-discrimination policy, visit here.

RWU prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. Complaints of Title IX sexual harassment should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the contact information listed below. Details regarding the formal complaint process can be found here: Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. TITLE IX COORDINATOR: Dr. Jen Stanley, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 / Phone Number: (401) 254-3123 /Email Address:

Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall within the following range for this position:

This is an 11 month position.

Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

All employees must submit a vaccination card or complete an exemption form (available upon request) in order to provide a clear and accurate picture of campus vaccine prevalence. Please be assured that RWU closely safeguards the confidentiality of employee medical information, including documentation or other confirmation of the COVID-19 vaccination.


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