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Resident Dean & Assistant Director

$1,500 SIGN-ON BONUS. The Resident Dean & Assistant Director position is designed to provide new and emerging mid-level Student Affairs professionals with the opportunity and experiences necessary to support career advancement.

Primary Function:

  1. As a live-in professional, the Resident Dean is responsible for the overall supervision of a designated residential area. The Resident Dean works to create an inclusive residential environment that fosters student development, academic achievement, and the development of a safe, healthy and respectful community.
  2. As a member of the Residential and Student Life Staff, the Resident Dean is responsible for administering a variety of operational, educational, and developmental functions, designed to foster personal development and a sense of community within the residence hall.
  3. As a member of the Division of Student Affairs, the Resident Dean participates in a full range of activities that enhance the development and operation of the division. Summer responsibility may include participation in department-wide initiatives, working with summer programs or special projects.

Assistant Director—In support of the professional development and growth of the Resident Dean position, Landmark College is committed to providing all Residents Deans with collateral assignment under its Assistant Director (AD) initiative when appropriate. These collateral assignments allow Resident Deans exposure and professional experiences in other functional areas within Student Affairs. Collateral assignments include (but are certainly not limited to) housing operations, conduct, summer programs, Transition to College (TAC), athletic coaching, and campus life. Resident Deans also have the option of designing and proposing their own collateral assignment to support their own professional growth while meeting the needs of Landmark College. Resident Deans may initially be hired with an Assistant Director Assignment or may advance into an AD assignment after their first year of employment. Specific duties related to the Assistant Director role will vary based on role but at a minimum, will include (1) the support, planning, and coordination of the assigned program, and (2) support growth and program development under the guidance of the area's supervisor.

Reporting Relationship:

The Resident Dean & Assistant Director reports to the Dean of Campus Life & Director of Residential Life (DOCL/DRL).

Specific Responsibilities:

Residential Management:

  • Create an inclusive educational living and learning environment consistent with the mission and philosophy of the department, the division, and the college.
  • Manage operational and administrative responsibilities that include hall preparation, closing processes, key management, maintenance requests and all reporting associated with these processes.
  • Work in conjunction with the Facilities Department and Department of Campus Security on maintenance and safety requirements relevant to the residence hall physical plant systems, security matters, health and safety inspections and fire drills.
  • Maintain timely and thorough communication and documentation through Maxient of all student related follow up.

Supervision & Programmatic Management:

  • Participate in an on-call and duty rotation that includes primary on-call/duty assignments and secondary or back-up on-call/duty assignments and when on duty, respond to crisis in accordance with campus policies and response guidelines. Provide supervision of the Residence Halls and student staff.
  • Maintain regular office hours.
  • Participate in the recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of the Resident Assistant Staff. Provide direct supervision to Resident Assistants assigned to your residential area, and indirect supervision of all RA staff while on-duty/on call.
  • Assist the AD/DRL in the coordination of various housing administrative responsibilities including housing assignments, housing relocation and maintaining accurate assignment records.
  • Assist the AD/DRL in planning, administering, and evaluating various functions, programs, and services in the residential life area (i.e., in-services, training, hiring and themed programming).
  • Assist in the planning, coordination, and implementation of programs and events in collaboration with other campus departments and divisions.
  • Serve on conduct boards and department, division and college-wide committees as needed.
  • Acts as liaison with Campus Safety, Health Services and Counseling, faculty, and other College offices during a crisis or emergencies and supports urgent student follow up.
  • If designated as "essential personnel" participate as directed in the College's crisis-related planning and response efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Student & Community Development:

  • Facilitate development of a comprehensive community development program within the residence halls and across campus.
  • Facilitate social and educational programming in the residence halls, campus wide and supervise Resident Assistants in program development.
  • Facilitate intentional conversations and interactions with students around individual development and the challenges inherent in community living.
  • Investigate, assess, and determine appropriate methods of intervention and resolution of various interpersonal and community problems in residence halls. Assist in the enforcement of College policies on campus.
  • Participate in College academic and behavior intervention system when appropriate and requested.
  • Consult & collaborate with members of the division and College including counselors, coaches, health services staff and academic advisors to address individual student and programmatic needs. Communicate information pertinent to the personal and academic development of students.

Professional Development:

  • Participate in department and division trainings and in-service programs to continue professional development.
  • Attend and participate in regular staff and division meetings.
  • Maintain an active and updated working knowledge of theory, research & trends in student development, residential life, and learning differences through literature review and relationships with professional associations; including attendance, participation and/or presentations at state, regional, and national conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.


Essential qualifications include: A master’s degree in Higher Education Administration or related field is preferred, a Bachelor’s degree is required. Prior residence hall experience at the graduate or professional level is preferred as well as experience working with neurodiverse students. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are required. Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Demonstrated understanding of student development theory, working with neurodivergent students, and/or restorative practices a plus. The ability to responsibly handle sensitive/confidential information is critical, as well as the ability to work flexible, and non-traditional hours. This is a 12-month, live-in position that includes an on-campus apartment within the residential assignment, and the option for a meal plan.

Located in southern Vermont, Landmark College is a premier institution for students who learn differently. As the nation’s first accredited college for students with learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, and ASD, we are a mainstream college with a unique, resource-rich academic model.

The Landmark College Office of Human Resources strives to ensure that we are an employer of choice, attracting and retaining uniquely talented individuals able to advance the College’s position as the college of choice for students who learn differently. We are committed to a philosophy that recognizes each person as an individual, worthy of respect, trust, dignity and fair treatment, and we apply these tenets to serve, support, and value all members of our community.

We recognize the importance of providing a work environment that is conducive to carrying out the College’s mission and contributes to the personal and professional growth of our faculty and staff. For Human Resources, this means the administration of employment policies, benefit plans, and compensation programs that are regularly evaluated and remain competitive and fair.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should provide a cover letter, resume or CV, and the names of three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please email your application to Applications may also be mailed to Director of Human Resources, Landmark College, 19 River Road South, Putney, Vermont 05346. No phone calls please.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, and administration is congruent with our mission. We value diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, neurodiversity, race, and religion. Landmark College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.

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