Area Director

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Barton College currently has a vacancy for an Area Director, who will report to the Director of Housing and Residence Life and will be responsible for the creation and perpetuation of an atmosphere and living environment conducive to the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of students residing in the residence hall(s) under the Director’s supervision. The Area Director will uphold the mission and vision of Barton College and the integrity of the Office of Housing and Residence Life through appropriate role modeling; ethical behavior and decision-making; and adherence to all College procedures, rules, regulations, and policies.

The Barton College Residence Life Department consists of five on-campus residential halls in both traditional and apartment-style layouts with approximately 500 residential students and a student staff of forty. Each Area Director will be directly responsible for two to three residential halls and 10-11 paraprofessional staff members.

In addition to the primary role in the Office of Housing and Residence Life, each Area Director will be assigned a ¼ time role with varying responsibilities depending on institutional and divisional initiatives.

Note: This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of an incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of an incumbent. An incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Essential Functions


  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate the student staff which includes two paraprofessional Residence Hall Directors and several paraprofessional Resident Assistants.
  • Supervise student staff in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their programming efforts, community building, and policy enforcement.
  • Provide guidance and support to student staff through consistent group and individual contact meetings.
  • Provide feedback to student staff concerning community development and programming efforts through attendance and observation of programs.


  • Assume responsibility for the administration of all residence halls in their assigned areas.
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies within the halls through involvement at both hall- and campus-wide levels.
  • Be available to students on a regular basis via office hours.
  • Inventory and audit keys throughout the academic year.
  • Track moderately sized budget of several Residence Halls.

Student Conduct

  • Proactively promote an environment in which students develop as responsible and engaged members of their residential community and understand the expectations for student conduct.
  • Investigate, conduct hearings, and determine responsibility and sanctions for students involved in the conduct process.

Crisis Response/On-Call Responsibilities

  • The Area Director is expected to be on campus and available to residents on a daily basis and must sleep on campus Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • The Area Director is expected to make his employment with Barton College his primary responsibility.
  • Perform on-call duty as designated for approximately seven to eight weeks per academic year.

Safety and Security

  • Maintain a positive working relationship with the City of Wilson Police Department, Barton College District.
  • Maintain proper documentation of security and safety incidents.
  • Maintain awareness of potential security and safety issues on the campus.

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience

A bachelor’s degree is required with undergraduate experience in residence life, student life administration, or student leadership. A master’s degree is highly preferred in Student Affairs, Higher Education Leadership, Counseling, or a related field. Must be proficient in using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required with ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within the organization. Ability to be discreet in handling confidential and proprietary information appropriately. Proven track record of reliability, responsibility, and integrity. Strong problem-solving skills. Must be able to effectively operate in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to work independent of direct supervision. Strong organizational and planning skills and ability to be detail-oriented.

Application Process

Please submit electronically a cover letter explaining your interest and how you meet the qualifications of this position, a current resume, and contact information for at least three professional references (all should be MS Word or PDF format) to Jeff Tilson at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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