Associate/Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

Associate/Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life

Lake Forest College is a national, residential, liberal arts college located 30 miles north of Chicago in the city of Lake Forest, Illinois.

Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Associate/Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life is responsible for providing strong leadership, vision, and inspiration for a residence life program housing approximately 1100 students, which is about 75% of the College’s student body.  The Associate/Assistant Dean will provide overall supervision for the entire residence life program and staff and oversee student housing operations.  In addition, the Associate/Assistant Dean will ensure a strong residential experience for students, which complements the College’s academic program.  The Associate/Assistant Dean is a member of the Student Affairs leadership team and will work closely and effectively with departments both within and outside of Student Affairs, such as Public Safety, Community Standards, Facilities Management, the Gates Center for Leadership & Personal Growth, Health Services, Counseling Services, the Office of Intercultural Relations, Athletics, and Dining Services.

We seek experienced candidates who have very strong leadership skills and experience.  We also desire candidates who are inspired by challenges, and who are able to create and articulate a vision for a small liberal arts college residential life program that matches the high quality of academic life at Lake Forest College.  The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong focus on developing an effective residential life team.  Further, the Associate/Assistant Dean will collaborate with other Student Affairs departments to enhance residential programming and education in areas such as alcohol and other drug use, intercultural education initiatives, and community development.  The successful candidate will articulate and provide clear direction to enhance a sense of teamwork within the professional and paraprofessional staff in Residence Life.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, energy, enthusiasm, and a demonstrated commitment to a liberal arts education are important. Excellent supervisory, management, organizational, and leadership skills are required.

The successful candidate will also oversee the residential component of the College’s Lake Forest in the Loop residential program, which is held in downtown Chicago.

Lake Forest College is a culturally diverse community, with more than 35% of our student body identifying as domestic ethnic minority or international students.  In addition, we have a visible and active LGBT student community as well as a number of active religious student communities.  Candidates for this position should have the ability to interact effectively within, and support, our culturally diverse environment.  Residence Life employs a culturally diverse paraprofessional and professional staff; therefore, the successful candidate will have an interest in and ability to mentor, guide, and support a diverse group of supervisees.  Strong experience and interest regarding issues of cultural diversity is highly desirable.



Department Leadership

  • Provide vision, leadership, and guidance of the Residence Life program, including policy and procedure development and implementation, programming/residential education, housing operations, staff development, summer student housing, and ensure accountability of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Oversee content of all written and online materials related to Residence Life
  • Represent Residence Life to students, parents, visitors, and members of the campus community
  • Lead staff in setting and achieving annual goals
  • Directly supervise the Associate Directors and the Department Assistant
  • Provide strong support for six Residence Directors
  • Support the hiring, training, and supervision of approximately 40 Residence Assistant paraprofessional staff
  • Facilitate weekly department meetings and regular individual meetings with professional staff
  • Identify, provide, and support the professional development needs of staff
  • Assist students in developing critical self-management and community living skills
  • Provide leadership to create an inclusive residential environment, which embraces cultural diversity
  • Develop student leadership opportunities within the residence halls
  • Routine involvement in the student conduct process
  • Support students with personal, emotional, and behavioral concerns
  • Be a highly visible, engaging, and effective resource and support
  • Serve in place of the Dean of Students in his absence, and by designation
  • Chair the College’s Sexual Misconduct Hearing Board
  • Actively seek and develop collaborations with Student Affairs departments, and other relevant departments, such as Athletics, throughout the College
  • Be a very visible and engaged member of the Student Affairs team by routinely attending programs and events on campus, including evening and weekend programs
  • Address health, safety, security, and maintenance issues in residence halls, working closely with the directors of Public Safety and Facilities Management
  • Oversee logistics of housing operations, including room selection processes, room assignments, and room changes
  • Develop and maintain budget for Residence Life
  • Oversee contracts with outside vendors, including laundry machine vendor, snack/vending machine service provider, and cable television provider
  • Coordinate semester damage billing reports/rosters for Business Office
  • Analyze current residence hall resources and student needs in order to prioritize capital improvement recommendations
  • Participate in the Student Affairs Deans and Directors on-call rotation
  • Coordinate Residence Life on-call rotation
  • Be a member of the College’ s early warning team (EASST)

Staff Supervision and Development

Student Development 




Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, Psychology, or other area relevant to student development, and five to seven years of Residence Life experience is strongly preferred.  Experience with or knowledge of student life at a small, residential liberal arts college preferred.


To receive full consideration, please email a letter of application, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to

Review of applications will begin March 15th and will continue until a successful candidate is hired. Applications from women and minorities are actively encouraged.  For more information, go to