Assistant Dean of Women (First Year Residence Coordinator)

Location: Takoma Park, MD
Date Posted: 09-12-2018
For best consideration please apply by September 21, 2018


Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

We are seeking an energetic, passionate and skilled professional to serve as Assistant Dean of Women.  Under the general supervision of the Dean of Women, this position is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day management of Halcyon Hall (the women’s residence hall). The Assistant Dean will assist with housing operations processes including room inventories, key management, housing changes, hall openings/closings, and room selection.  The ideal candidate will possess superior interpersonal skills in relating to students, parents and other constituents with mutual respect and will be skilled at carrying out a positive and effective disciplinary program. The Assistant Dean is also responsible for building a sense of community among the first year students.  The Assistant Dean and the Dean of Women share responsibility for ensuring 24/7 administrative coverage of the residence hall.  The incumbent in this position will live in Halcyon Hall. 
  • Provides opportunity for student growth by counseling residents in identifying and resolving personal, social, academic or disciplinary issues; refers residents to outside support services or treatment as needed.
  • Protects residence hall and residents by enforcing sanitation, safety, and substance abuse policies; complies with federal, state, and local legal requirements.
  • Assists in orientation process by planning, conducting, and evaluating orientation programs for new residents.
  • Maintains equipment and furnishings by completing preventative maintenance requirements; follows manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshoots malfunctions; calls for repairs as needed.
  • Resolves resident dissatisfaction by investigating complaints and concerns; collecting and analyzing information; mediating or arbitrating discussions; evaluating possible courses of action; providing advice, guidance, and direction.
  • Maintains student confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Provides historical reference by maintaining and utilizing filing and retrieval systems; maintains resident database.
  • Represents Women’s residence hall by serving on committees as assigned.
  • Performs related and other departmental duties as required.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and, required meetings (including weekly Convocation)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university
  • 1-3 years of residence life related experience
  • Availability to work during night and weekend hours
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional presentation and public speech ability.
  • Conversational Spanish as 2nd language helpful, but not required.
  • Functional knowledge and application of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Must exhibit leadership skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for planning, organizing and controlling
  • Advanced skills in team building, motivation, and conflict resolution, crisis response
Benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Aflac Insurance
  • Legal Insurance Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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