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Bard College at Simon's Rock

Residence Director

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the nation’s only four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences for secondary school age students, seeks Residence Directors for several openings on our staff.  Our students enroll in college early, typically at the age of 16, and complete an academic program leading to the two-year Associate of Arts and four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees. This is a unique opportunity for those interested in working directly with students in a vibrant intellectual residential community.


Individuals in this position will be part of a nine member staff of Residence Directors.  Each staff member is expected to work both independently and collaboratively as part of the team.  A Residence Director supervises their own dorm or complex, providing students with support, guidance and direction as they transition from high school through college.  Specific tasks include community development, conflict mediation and resolution, policy development and enforcement, and crisis intervention and management.  Residence Directors work together with students, faculty, staff and parents on a multitude of tasks and concerns that arise in a residential setting.  They actively participate in orientation, graduation and other campus wide programming initiatives.  They implement their own events and programs, and attend and support programming initiatives of students and colleagues.


We seek community-minded, team-oriented individuals to help develop and foster an inclusive and welcoming campus climate that allows young students to flourish. Applicants must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized and demonstrate good judgment. They should be mature, out-going, and have an upbeat sense of humor. Successful candidates should expect to be active participants in this community.  Individuals with experience and interest in social justice and diversity programming are especially encouraged to apply.


This is a regular full-time ten-month, live-in position, with significant evening and weekend work.  Compensation includes salary, on-campus apartment, meal plan while school is in session, plus a comprehensive employee benefit package.  Master’s degree is preferred; a Bachelor's degree is required.  Candidates with previous Residential Life and/or Student Affairs experience will be given preference.  Must be available to start August 1, 2014.  Employment is contingent on successful completion of a background search. Simon’s Rock is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. Submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Robert Graves, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230, or  Review process begins immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information about the college, see our website at