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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assistant Director of Residential Life/Area Direct in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Assistant Director of Residential Life/Area Direct

  • Job Number: 19429

  • Functional Area: Student Services

  • Department: Residential Life Programs

  • School Area: Dean for Student Life

  • Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary

  • Employment Category: Exempt

  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No

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    Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE/AREA DIRECTOR, Dean for Student Life (DSL)-Residential Life Programs, to assume a live-in professional position responsible for furthering the educational mission of MIT, the Division of Student Life, and the Office of Undergraduate Residential Life, under the direction of the head of house in their respective living community and the associate dean for undergraduate residential life. The MIT residential system has a long history of partnership among faculty, staff, and students to create a vibrant atmosphere for living and learning. Each house is led by a head of house, who leads a live-in house team comprised of an assistant director/area director (AD), graduate resident advisors (GRAs), and a house operations manager. In addition, students play a significant role in this partnership, building community in the residences through strong house governments, a resident peer mentor program, and a variety of other student-led activities and programs. The result is distinct residential communities that support diverse residence halls. Will partner--with guidance from the head of house--with the house team to build a sense of community that encourages personal growth, accountability, health and safety, and a sense of belonging. Will also be responsible for supporting housing services, including working with the head of house and student leaders on room assignments and with the house operations manager on the move-in/move-out process. As a member of the dean-on-call team, will also respond to student crises and emergency situations. A full description is available at

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s degree, preferably (master’s preferred) in higher education administration, social work, counseling, or related field; and at least two years of full-time experience in residential life/student affairs. PREFERRED: a master’s degree in higher education administration, social work, counseling, or related field. Job #19429 Salary range: high $40s - low $50s, depending upon years of experience Appointed by the senior associate dean for residential education, assistant directors/ADs serve a one-year renewable appointment with an expected total four-year term of employment. The position also has the possibility of a fifth-year renewal dependent upon organizational needs. In consultation with the head of house, assistant director/ADs will have an annual performance review, conducted by the associate dean for undergraduate residential life. Assistant directors/ADs and their partners will undertake a background check prior to appointment. Only candidates who submit a cover letter and resume will be considered for the position. 3/23/21Employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background check.