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Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life

Department: Housing & Residence Life
Reports to: Director of Housing and Residence Life
Supervises: Resident Assistants
Pay Grade: E, Exempt
Compensation:: $28,000 - $30,000

Work Schedule:

This position is full-time 40 hour week, 12 month, live-in position with evening and weekend 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 25 days of paid leave (used during the slow holiday and break periods).


The Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life is responsible for creating a living/learning environment conducive to the academic and artistic experience while promoting holistic student development and the success of each student


  • Recruit, select, train, and supervise a staff of undergraduate resident assistants
  • Organize and facilitate staff training and development activities to promote a strong sense of competence and teamwork
  • Provide ongoing feedback to employees, addressing concerns and showing appreciation.
  • Evaluate each staff member in writing at least once per academic year
  • Meet with resident assistant staff individually and collectively on a regular basis
  • Authorize expenditures of staff to maintain balanced budgets
Student Support and Development
  • Build relationships with residents to develop an inclusive community
  • Develop and implement a residential programming model grounded in assessment and best practices
  • Provide 24 hour on call coverage on a rotating schedule, responding to crisis and emergency situations appropriately
  • Attend various residential events and student shows
  • Work with students to develop and maintain an atmosphere of respect, artistic creativity, and academic achievement
  • Responsible for an effective residential student government in partnership with the Graduate Assistant
  • Utilize conflict resolution and counseling techniques to resolve issues as they arise
  • Refer students to other professional services as appropriate
  • Maintain familiarity with and enforce college and residential policies encouraging community accountability
  • Initiate change and implement new ideas and concepts to improve the quality of Housing & Residence Life
  • Open and close the residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester
  • Facilitate residence hall operations for a community of up to 300 students
  • Maintain constant communication with departmental staff
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer and resolve cases in a timely manner
  • Regularly assess and evaluate programs and initiatives with departmental staff
  • Contribute to an annual report and participate in ongoing strategic planning
  • Review and revise departmental materials annually
  • Partner with the maintenance and custodial staff, addressing the needs of facilities
  • Participate in establishment and revision of department policy and protocols
  • Engage in professional development activities and adapt practice accordingly
  • Inspect facilities to ensure building safety and security, reporting needs appropriately
  • Manage housing deposit deductions for individual and community damages
  • Serve on departmental and campus committees
  • Work in compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to maintain private student information
  • Assist in the planning, vision, construction, establishing new systems, and transitioning to new residence hall, staffing patterns, etc
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Recruit, select, train and supervise a staff of student resident assistants
  • Serve as summer residence hall director for a reduced number of residents
  • Provide 24 hour on call coverage for summer residents on a rotating schedule, responding to crisis and emergency situations appropriately.
  • Provide supplemental selection and training support for summer Program Assistant staff
  • Collaborate with Summer and External Programs manager in coordination of housing accommodations.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus two years of student affairs experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Commitment to social justice and demonstrated multicultural competence
  • Ability to take initiative and multi-task in a self directed manner
  • Excellent organization, communication, and supervisory skills
  • Capacity to respond in crisis situations using appropriate judgment
  • Experience in student conduct administration
  • 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 and First Aid (training provided)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in related field
  • Experience working in a higher education, not-for-profit, or arts environment
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license and safe driving record

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit cover letter, resume, and completed Cornish Employment Application to:

Cornish College of the Arts
Human Resources
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
—or –
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Incomplete applications will not be considered

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.

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