Assistant/Associate Director of Residential Programs

Posting Details

Posting Details

Title Assistant/Associate Director of Residential Programs
Posting Number S00412JP
Department Residential & Student Life
Job Summary

The Office of Residential Life provides important opportunities for students to live and learn together through the creation of intentional and inclusive communities. The office works closely with 300+ student leaders to identify campus needs, build strong and cohesive communities and develop relevant and timely student-centered programming. This work results in residential communities where all Bowdoin students are encouraged, both directly and indirectly, to engage actively in their academic and co-curricular experiences and to take responsibility for themselves, for others, and for their community. First year buildings, College Houses and upperclass residence halls provide opportunities for students to grow through constant contact with new experiences and different ways of viewing the world. These residential communities promote the intellectual and personal growth of individuals and encourage mutual understanding and respect. Approximately 200 students live in Bowdoin’s College Houses. These spaces are intentional and inclusive living communities that are regularly referred to as the “living rooms of campus” due to the range of social and academic programs that take place within these eight buildings. This unique living situation provides the opportunity for students to be active participants in creating the campus culture that they want to be a part of. An intensive selection process, comprehensive training, budgetary responsibilities and the opportunity to program collaboratively with faculty, staff and students make the College Houses a space where many students on campus want to live and learn.

The A/A Director of Residential Programs will take the lead in supporting the development of the College Houses as vibrant programming spaces and will work closely with the 24 House officers and the 200 members to achieve this goal. They will also be responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating programs aimed at building community within residential spaces. This will include, but is not limited to: working with students living in the College Houses in creating innovative programs and events that serve the campus community; supporting all programmatic efforts by Residential Life student staff and members of the Peer Support Network; developing a system for tracking all residential life programs; evaluating all residential life programs to assess their effectiveness; creating a newsletter aimed at shining the light on the work of the residential life office; monitoring all College House and residential life program budgets; and independently and collaboratively working on projects that promote the work of the Office of Residential Life. This position will be responsible for contributing to the office goals of creating inclusive communities in all residential spaces, identifying and meeting Bowdoin community needs through student-initiated programs and creating curriculum that develops highly effective teams among residential life student staff and College House officers and members.

Education/Skills Requirements

BA required, Master’s in education or other related field preferred. Applicants must have at least two years of professional experience and must possess excellent communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and the ability to set and balance multiple priorities. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong interest in educational, co-curricular and extra-curricular programming and will have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to thrive in a dynamic student-centered environment is key. Experience building inclusive communities, supporting student-centered programming and developing leadership skills among a diverse body of students is an important part of this position.

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents

Previous residential life, Fraternity and Sorority, or other experience developing and supporting student-centered and initiated programming is preferred. A valid driver’s license is preferred. The successful candidate will work well with students, faculty, parents and other members of the campus community, and have a demonstrated ability to complete projects both independently and in collaboration with a team. Experience effectively communicating, and facilitating communication, across difference. Experience designing innovative co-curricular and extracurricular programs are a strong plus.

Standard Work Days and Hours

8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday with evening and weekend work required during the academic year. Participate in the Student Affairs on-call rotation and respond to emergency and crisis situations as necessary.

About Bowdoin

Bowdoin College is a highly selective liberal arts college, enrolling approximately 1,800 students. Through a need-blind admissions policy, the College meets 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with no loans. 32% of students identify as students of color, an additional 5% are international, and 45% receive financial aid. Bowdoin is a dynamic living and learning community committed to fostering pluralism, building intentional community, and nurturing a commitment to the common good.

The College seeks academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff, welcoming applicants from diverse backgrounds, and/or who have experience working collaboratively with diverse populations. Bowdoin is set in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. Brunswick, a town of 22,000 residents, brings together elements of both city and country living including cultural offerings, a variety of restaurants, and four season activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Bowdoin’s historic 215-acre campus, comprising 120+ buildings, is a brief walk to downtown Brunswick, and is 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Employment Category Full Time Year Round
FTE 1.00
Benefits Eligible Yes
Pay Type Salaried
Background Check Package Requirements Faculty/Administrative
Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Bowdoin vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job? No
Is a pre-placement physical required for this position? No
Posting Date 12/22/2017
Applications Accepted Until
Open Until Filled Yes
Type of Posting Internal/External
Special Instructions to Applicants

The Office of Residential Life is committed to creating diverse and inclusive communities within all of our residential spaces. Please describe the role that programming can play in creating inclusive communities and how, if selected for this position, you would work with students to create, implement and assess these programs. Please upload your response in the Required Documents section of the application.

EEO Information

Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses. 

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Response to Special Instructions
Optional Documents
  1. Other