College of the Holy Cross — Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing

Associate Director of Residential Life & Housing

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College’s commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

The Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing (ADRL) is a full time, 12 month professional member in the Department of Residence Life & Housing reporting to the Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life and Housing. The successful hire has the option to live on campus in a furnished staff apartment within a college residence hall. The ADRL has primary responsibility for the college’s residential education program including supervising the area coordinators, overseeing the recruitment, hiring and training of student resident assistants and developing, implementing and assessing a residential curriculum which is aligned with the College’s Mission and divisional learning outcomes. The ADRL serves as departmental liaison with the director of the College’s first year program, Montserrat, the Associate Dean for Student Engagement and other directors in the student development division in support of shared educational goals and objectives. The ADRL provides general support and assistance to the department and the Director of Residence Life as needed. The ADRL serves in the on-call duty rotation which requires sound judgment and effective communication and problem solving skills. The ADRL also serves on various college and division committees as needed.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Assist in developing an inclusive living-learning environment that provides opportunities for group and individual development congruent with the mission of the College. Develop and implement a residential curriculum in service of this goal
  • Hiring, training and developing a diverse and resilient residential life staff, to include student and professional staff. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate RAs. Oversee RHA Council and their training, in collaboration with the SGA Director of Student Life and ACs.
  • Supervision, training, evaluation and development of the ACs.
  • Participate in administrative functions and programming efforts of Residence Life.


  • Master’s degree in higher education or related field required. Two years’ professional staff supervision experience required. Experience creating and/or implementing a residential curriculum preferred. The person should be self-directed, organized and enjoy working with college students. Must be open to the special mission of a Catholic and Jesuit liberal arts college.

Additional Information:

This is a full time, exempt level, live-on optional position. The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

  • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
  • Hybrid work
  • NEW – condensed summer 4-day work week
  • Tuition benefits
  • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
  • Generous paid time off
  • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
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College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (