Director of Housing & Residence Life

Department Student Life

Reports to Dean of Student Life

Supervises Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life, Graduate Assistant

Compensation In addition to annual salary, furnished apartment, meal plan, parking and benefits package

Work Schedule

This position is a full-time 40 hour week, 12 month, live-in position with weekend and evening commitments. This position is expected to be on campus at least two weekends per month and for RA selection & training as well as opening & closing of the halls.  This position receives 30 days of paid leave (used during the slow holiday and break periods).


The Director of Housing & Residence Life is responsible for the direction and oversight of the department.  Programs and services are expected to foster student development, academic success as well as high levels of student satisfaction. The Director provides residents a comfortable, educational, diverse, and caring community where academic success, personal growth, and social responsibility are valued. 

Job Responsibilities


  • Provide leadership and direction for all members of the departmental staff
  • Recruit, select, train, and supervise professional staff
  • Assist professional staff in the recruitment, selection, and training of student staff
  • Give ongoing positive and constructive feedback, addressing staff concerns as they arise
  • Evaluate each staff member in writing quarterly
  • Meet with staff individually and collectively on a regular basis
  • Offer ongoing professional development opportunities
  • Provide 24 hour on call coverage on a rotating schedule, responding to crisis and emergency situations appropriately
  • Review expenditures of all departmental staff to maintain accurate and balanced budgets.
  • Recruit, select, train and supervise summer housing staff

Student Development

  • Collaborate with departmental staff to develop and maintain an atmosphere of respect, artistic creativity, academic achievement, and inclusion.
  • Promote the holistic development of all students including underrepresented and historically marginalized individuals and groups.
  • Establish an environment that emphasizes integrity and citizenship within the residence halls and throughout the college community.
  • Assist in staff development and implementation of residential programming grounded in assessment and best practices.
  • Engage faculty in collaborations to enhance the students’ educational experience.
  • Facilitate leadership opportunities and support all students in leadership development.
  • Refer students to other professional services as appropriate.
  • Provide oversight, system management and direction for an educationally based student conduct process. 
  • Attend various residential events and student shows.


  • Establish and maintain departmental administrative systems including marketing, occupancy, fiscal oversight, data management, contracts, as well as policies and procedures.
  • Provide supervision of daily and long term operation of the residence halls.
  • Manage a departmental budget and advocate for additional resources when appropriate.
  • Assess and evaluate programs and services regularly to ensure the best possible student experience.
  • Facilitate ongoing departmental strategic planning and participate in divisional planning.
  • Participate in professional development activities and adapt practice accordingly.
  • Maintain familiarity with and enforce college and residential policies encouraging community accountability.
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer and resolve cases in a timely manner.
  • Annually review and provide guidance on college policies and procedures.
  • Update departmental websites in partnership with Communications, IT, and others.
  • Serve on departmental and campus committees.
  • Provide crisis management support and intervention, maintaining appropriate communication with other departments.
  • Evaluate and adapt emergency procedures and conduct regular safety drills in partnership with Safety and Security.
  • Partner with the Operations and Facilities staff to address the needs of the residence halls
  • Other duties as assigned.

Summer Commitment

  • Act as departmental liaison with outside rental groups
  • Provide 24 hour on call coverage for summer residents on a rotating schedule, responding to crisis and emergency situations appropriately.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Collaborative and outgoing personality
  • Commitment to social justice and demonstrated multicultural competence
  • Capacity to respond in crisis situations using appropriate judgment
  • Knowledge of student development theory and practice
  • High proficiency with technology
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs occasionally
  • Must pass background check
  • Must be certified in CPR/1st Aid (training provided)
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license and safe driving record

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a higher education, not-for-profit, or arts environment
  • Knowledge of Jenzabar and Maxient

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit the following to

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Three Professional References
  4. Cornish Employment Application

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.