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Resident Dean & Assistant Director


Primary Function:

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.

  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. 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. These collateral assignments allow Resident Deans exposure and professional experiences in other functional areas within Student Affairs. Collateral assignments included (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 petitioning for their own collateral assignment to support their own professional growth while meeting the needs of Landmark College.
  4. 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.

Reporting Relationship:

The Resident Dean & Assistant Director reports to the Dean of Campus Life & Director of Residential.

Specific Responsibilities:

Assistant Director—Specific duties related to the Assistant Director role will vary based on role but at a minimum, will include the following expectations:

  • Support planning and coordination of the assigned program.
  • Support growth and program development under the guidance of the area's supervisor.

Residential Management:

  • Create an inclusive educational living and learning environment consistent with the mission and philosophy of the department, the division, and the college. 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.
  • Manage operational and administrative responsibilities that include hall preparation, closing processes, key management, maintenance requests and all reporting associated with these processes. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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. Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills is 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.

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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