Human Resources

Assistant Director of Residence Life

FLSA EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY: Salary; Exempt; Administrative, 12 months,

DEPARTMENT: Student Life


The Assistant Director of Residence Life for Junior/Senior Experience is a
full-time professional staff member primarily responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a junior/senior-year residential experience that supports student persistence, success, and development. The assistant director will play an active role in developing Residence Life programs. The assistant director also is responsible for residential area management and all
associated administrative responsibilities, including management of residence halls, apartments, and theme and Greek houses. This position is provided with a furnished, on-campus apartment, but may choose to live off campus within a 25-mile radius. Competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with experience and qualifications. A partial meal plan is provided.


The assistant director reports directly to the assistant vice president for student engagement and indirectly to the vice president for student affairs. The Assistant director directly supervises one graduate assistant and indirectly supervises resident assistants and house managers.


• Coordinate all summer student housing including graduate residencies.
• Coordinate apartment and Greek/theme house selection.
• Collaborate with Facilities and Service management to ensure smooth, effective, and safe operation of all residential spaces.
• Develop and promote programming that supports junior and senior student success, retention, persistence, and development through the area staff.
• Participate in program development and implementation in partnership with Residence Life and Student Affairs.
• Manage fiscal resources for their residential area.
• Provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support that enhances student retention and persistence.
• Provide developmentally appropriate supervision for undergraduate and graduate student staff.
• Oversee administrative and building management responsibilities for junior/senior housing including residence halls, apartments, and houses.
• Participate in an emergency on call rotation.
• Participate as a member of sector and/or campus teams or committees as requested or as mutually agreeable.
• Communicate and collaborate frequently with Alma College faculty, staff, and students to help better meet the needs of students.
• Other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
• Two or more years of professional experience in residence life or related work.
• Experience with housing and residential operations.
• Knowledge of student development, learning principles, and retention strategies.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
• Available to work weekends and evenings.


• Master’s degree in a related field.
• Experience managing housing operations, particularly with small, theme, and/or
apartment housing.
• Supervisory experience.


• Able to work at a computer for extended periods.
• Able to respond quickly to emergencies at various locations across campus.


Interested candidates should submit an Alma College application and a cover letter, current resume, and the names of three professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers to Review of applications will begin in February and continue until the position is filled. Incomplete application files will not be considered. For an Alma College application please go to: employment application.
Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the
center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Story published on January 25, 2023