About Westfield State University: In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts and offers a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, the campus is just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Job Description: Campus Title: Residence Director State Job Title: Staff Assistant Department: Residential Life Job Code: HA5600 Bargaining Unit: APA FLSA Status: Exempt Job Type: Full-Time Timeframe: 52 weeks Shift: On-call 24 hours Supervision Received: The Residence Director reports to the Associate Director for Staff Development. Salary: $30,500 to 32,500 commensurate with qualifications and experience
The department of Residential Life seeks applications for a full-time benefited position of Residence Director. In addition to regular compensation for this twelve month, professional, union position, the following benefits apply: a spacious, furnished, two-bedroom apartment (some pets permitted); free streaming television service, air conditioning, internet access; a generous state benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, tuition benefits for self, spouse, and dependents, generous vacation time, and support for professional development activities.
General Statement of Duties: The Staff Assistant/Residence Director (R.D.) plays a critical role in promoting the success and well-being of residents, and in achieving the goals and objectives of the department of Residential Life and the division of Student Affairs. The Residence Director is comprehensively involved in the total community development of the residence hall, assisting residents with a full array of personal, developmental, academic and residency issues. The R.D. advises the hall council, supervises paraprofessional staff members, and serves as a vital communication link between residents, the department, and the University community. The R.D. also provides crucial support, on-site response, and information on student matters both within and outside the department of Residential Life.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but are not limited to:
Supports the educational mission and goals of the Department of Residential Life, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University.
Serves as a student advocate and educator, helping residents to be positive and responsible members of the residential community.
Is available and accessible to students on both a scheduled and non-scheduled basis; counsels and advises students on issues related to on-campus residency and their personal, social and academic development.
Serves in the on-call duty rotation by responding to after-hours and weekend emergencies in accordance with the University and department emergency response procedures, and the direction of the administrator on-call as applicable.
Advises the hall council, providing regular contact including attendance at meetings and events; offering support, guidance, and leadership and skill development activities; and promoting the formation of a cohesive, effective group; supports the initiatives of the residence hall association.
Develops a highly competent and committed building staff team through training, supervising, mentoring and evaluating staff members.
Coordinates overall management of the hall, including room assignments, room changes, occupancy reports, key system, billing, damage and incident reporting and tracking, and on-site monitoring of hall security facilities and maintenance matters; works effectively with the Assistant Director for Housing, including regular monthly meetings on housing matters.
Offers quality residence hall programs and services that meet identified resident and campus needs; and provides these programs and services in an effective, efficient manner; schedules and offers programs in the residential area at least three times per semester; tracks resident assistant staff and hall council programming initiatives, including budget; works effectively with the Assistant Director for Residence Education, including regular monthly meetings on residential education efforts.
Represents the department of Residential Life on University committees and functions; leads and/or assists with residential life projects, functions and initiatives; and perform other duties as assigned by the executive director or designee.
Bachelor's degree and one year of post-bachelor's work experience in a related field required.
Excellent human relations, communication and organizational skills.
Positive attitude and strong work ethic, flexibility, and genuine concern for students' development and well-being.
Master's degree and one to two years of residence life experience.
Familiarity with data management applications, including Banner or comparable programs or website development.
Additional Information: Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
Application Instructions: An on-line application is required. An official transcript required at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
Contact information for three references*
Unofficial transcript copy of highest degree
*Provide the contact information for reference providers in the references section of the online application.
Deadline: Review of application will begin August 9, 2018. The position will be open a minimum of ten days, and will remain open until finalists have been selected.
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.