Assistant Director of Residence Life

Lafayette College  |  Easton, PA

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Posted 2 weeks ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Assistant Director of Residence Life

Job Type: Student Affairs Administration
Location: Easton, PA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 3,500 Students
Employer ID: 15087

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education

Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education

Position Description

Assistant Director of Residence Life

Lafayette College

Easton, PA


The Assistant Director is a community development educator who manages aspects of the student staffing and development program, which intentionally encourages and supports student learning and success. 



  • Area Management:
    • Supervise the Head Residents and Resident Advisors in designated areas of campus, evaluate area Head Residents and assist them in evaluating their staffs, and facilitate staff and leadership development for each Head Resident’s staff.
    • Meet weekly with each Head Resident and co-lead the weekly Head Resident staff meetings.
    • Advise professional colleagues regarding resident issues and respond as needed. Facilitate roommate mediation. 
    • Communicate facilities concerns to Facilities Operations.
  • Community Development and Programming:
    • Encourage achievement of departmental Learning Outcomes and Division of Campus Life efforts through intentional community development planning with area staff members. 
    • Collaborate with divisional and campus colleagues to provide a network of support for first-year students.
    • In upper-level areas, advise RAs in implementation of developmentally appropriate programming based on class year and housing type. 
    • Develop and monitor programming budgets. 
    • Actively seek to build relationships with students, faculty and staff across the college.
  • Student Staff Selection and Training: 
    • Assist with the selection process for student staff and the planning and implementing of staff training (fall, spring, staff developments, and in-services). 
    • Execute various means of assessing learning outcomes.
  • Student Intervention and Support:
    • Serve as a case administrator in the College’s student development and conduct processes while educating students about what it means to be a member of a residential academic community. 
    • Assist and counsel students who encounter difficulty (e.g. roommate conflicts, adjustment issues). 
    • Actively develop positive relationships with students through both formal and informal interactions.
  • Emergency Response:
    • Respond to campus and off-campus emergencies as needed. 
    • Serve as a member of the Campus Life On-Call staff rotation.
    • Develop an effective working relationship with the Office of Public Safety, the Counseling Center, and other Campus Life staff in order to respond to crises and support students in times of distress.
  • Special Projects and Professional Development:
    • Take initiative to identify and pursue relevant professional development opportunities. 
    • The Division of Campus Life is committed to supporting continued education through conference attendance, periodical subscriptions, and self-identified readings or instruction in areas of interest and relevant responsibility. 
    • Opportunities are available to collaborate with other departments on special projects and initiatives as well as to participate in Division and College-wide committees.



  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in higher education or related field preferred
  • 2-3 years of experience working in residence life or boarding schools; experience fostering a sense of community on campus through programming
  • Experience working with diverse student populations
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience supervising and advising students; ability to motivate and inspire teams to work well under pressure, especially by leading by example
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Experience with reviewing, assessing, and evaluating student affairs initiatives and outcomes
  • Ability to articulate the value of a residential college experience


Application Instructions:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:


About Lafayette College:

Lafayette College, founded in 1826, is a highly selective private, exclusively undergraduate college emphasizing the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering, located in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. The college is approximately 70 miles north of Philadelphia and 70 miles west of New York City. As a residential College where nearly 98% of students live in College-owned housing, Lafayette is committed to creating inclusive and supportive communities where learning occurs in and out of the classroom. All members of the College community share a responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment that supports the College’s mission and that seeks to connect student’s academic, residential, and co-curricular experiences.


Lafayette College is an equal employment opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. 

Application Information

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

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