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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Residential Life
Categories: Administration

Director of Residential Education

Pay Status and Classification: Exempt, Regular full time

Supervisor: Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Campus & Community Living & Learning

Position Purpose: Responsible for development, implementation and evaluation of a diverse and cohesive array of programs designed to create community and learning within all residential spaces (residence halls and apartments, Greek Houses, and Minerva Houses). Writes residential curricula that provides academic support and enrichment opportunities to meet the developmental needs of residents. Provides professional and paraprofessional staff with counsel and guidance on general matters of student development, well-being, and incident management. Carries out the mission of Union College and the Division of Student Affairs.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Program Development: In partnership with the Assistance Vice President, aligns all residential programs in accordance with the residential curriculum and ensures consistent service delivery across all residential spaces. Implements and assesses a residential program that focuses on the following core areas: community (belonging), student learning (decision making), incident response (well-being), and inclusion (collaboration).
  2. Operations Management: Oversees all operational matters related to campus residences for students.Directs processes for housing assignments, openings, closings and routine facilities inspections. Collaborates with Facilities, Finance, Campus Safety and other departments as needed on strategic residential assessment and renewal projects. 
  3. Staff Supervision: Supervises the Associate Director for Housing Operations; the Associate Director for Greek Leadership; the Associate Director for Minerva Programs; and 5-6 Community Directors. Guides and supports all residential staff in operational efforts. Provides accurate advice and guidance to staff and students based on their individual needs. Holds regular office hours for staff and students to ask questions.
  4. Student Health and Safety: Monitors and intervenes with students who may be struggling academically and/or with other behavioral and developmental issues. Refers accordingly to services as needed. Participates in regular professional staff on-call rotation, providing crisis intervention and serving as a resource or referral agent. Understands and enforces Code of Student Conduct and other policies regarding behavior, safety, security, health, and other matters in cooperation with the appropriate offices. Serves as a campus judicial hearing officer. Participates in CARE team meetings and provides culturally responsive support to students. 
  5. Administration: Manages departmental budget. Conducts budget analyses and complex data and financial projections related to housing occupancy. Reconciles purchases in a timely fashion and oversees staff use of purchasing cards. Serves on college committees as assigned.  Offers to pitch in to help colleagues during crunch times and overlapping deliverables. Attends campus community events. 


  1. Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration or related field and minimum of 7 years of student affairs experience or equivalent, and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience. Knowledge of residential liberal arts college administration is desirable. 
  2. Professional experience leading residential program development, supporting operations management, and developing policies. 
  3. Able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings. 
  4. Ability to support, contribute to, and strengthen a vibrant, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community of students, alumni, faculty, and fellow staff colleagues.
  5. Able to anticipate, deliver on, and exceed the expectations of those supported and served, including faculty and staff colleagues, students, and prospective students. 
  6. Able to introduce and drive innovation in ways small and large.
  7. Able to exercise exceptional judgment, ensure strict confidentiality, and demonstrate outstanding professionalism in a range of situations.
  8. Able to collaborate effectively with colleagues across the College to achieve shared goals and objectives, including fellow executive and administrative assistants. 
  9. Able to identify proactively and pursue relevant learning and professional development opportunities and apply new knowledge, insights, and skills to enhance results.

The annual salary range for this position is $80,00.00-$90,000.00. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We know some job seekers may not apply for career opportunities unless they meet every qualification in the position description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in hiring the best staff and faculty colleagues, and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career path. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications. 

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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