Associate Dean for Residence Life

Allegheny College, a selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Residence Life. The position is a full time exempt position reporting to the Dean for Student Life. Student Life staff are expected to demonstrate creative and effective ways of handling complex, and oftentimes critical situations. This will be the third ranking member of the Student Life team and will serve on the leadership team. The Office of Residence Life administers programming, resources, and support for our residential students. 

Due to the College’s four-year residency requirement of its nearly 1,300 students, this position is vital to help create a positive student experience. This person will be tasked with creating and implementing a robust residence life curriculum that highlights the benefits of the residency requirement as well as assess the effectiveness of the program. This person will provide hands-on supervision of 2 Residence Life professional staff, as well as be an integral part of the hiring and training of nearly 50 student staff. This person will be expected to collaborate with various offices across campus to be a part of the holistic approach to student retention. This person will also serve as part of the Dean on Call rotation. 

This position requires a Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field (doctoral degree preferred), and requires 7-10 years in Residence Life or Student Affairs. The successful candidate will display a sophisticated understanding of the benefits of on-campus living; the ability to articulate those benefits; familiarity with best practices related to the design and implementation of a residential curriculum; and knowledge of housing software. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College, founded in 1815, is one of the nation’s oldest and most innovative four-year colleges where multidisciplinary learning breaks the conventional mold. It is one of the few colleges in the United States with a unique requirement to choose both a major and minor for graduation, to provide students with a cross-disciplinary path in the sciences and humanities for educational depth and intellectual growth. Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Allegheny College is one of 44 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” In its 2022 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny College as one of the country’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges — and one of the top 25 best for undergraduate teaching.

Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares students for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world. Allegheny College is deeply committed to creating an inclusive community that actively challenges racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of bias (see Allegheny College Statement of Community).

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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posted 09/07/2023