Director of Residence Life

Dual Report to: Senior Vice President of Artistic Operations (June-August) and the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs (September-May) 

Status:  Exempt

The Director of Residence Life (DRL) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a residence life program in a manner that is commensurate with Curtis’s artistic reputation. The residence life program mirrors Curtis’s mission of educating and training gifted young musicians, its unique learn by doing approach, and its deep and abiding commitment to the well-being of students. The Director of Residence Life will be an energetic leader who thrives in a diverse community where living and learning are seamlessly interwoven.

Curtis acknowledges the unique set of responsibilities for this position. The DRL is expected to be available for weekly office hours while subsequently maintaining a presence in Lenfest Hall. The DRL will consider Lenfest Hall to be his/her primary residence and will take most of his/her meals in the dining hall.

Essential Functions:

General Responsibilities:

  • Live and take meals in Lenfest Hall while actively promoting a safe, supportive, and inclusive living environment
  • Promote cultural awareness and harness the diverse student population into a positive living community
  • Maintain community visibility and be approachable by residents while in Lenfest Hall
  • Tend to the physical and emotional well-being of residents and provide support to students in crisis
  • Counsel students and mediate student issues and conflicts
  • Implement and enforce residence life policies and the Student Code of Conduct; follow-up on incident reports created by RA’s
  • Respond to after-hours calls from RA’s and security personnel; respond in-person to crisis situations

Lenfest Hall Operations:

  • Oversee move-in and move-out
  • Oversee student mail and packages
  • Liaise with facilities, dining, maintenance, housekeeping, and security departments for any residential concerns
  • Maintain residence life records, files, and web pages

Manage Resident Assistants:

  • Hire and manage student Resident Assistants
  • Develop and execute RA training week
  • Hold weekly residence life meetings with RA’s for updates and continuing education
  • Create weekly RA duty schedule
  • Oversee and assess RA-generated residence life educational programs, events, and social activities


  • Oversee the residential program for Curtis Summerfest and be present during select Summer Programs
  • Train and manage a team of Community Advisors
  • Coordinate on-site check-in and check-out of program participants
  • Oversee and coordinate recreational activities
  • Clearly communicate, interpret, and enforce Summerfest policies
  • Serve as primary residential contact for participants and parents during Summerfest programs

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Campus Security Authority in compliance with the Jean Clery Act
  • Participate in updating residence life policies, procedures, training materials, and other departmental documents



  • 1-2 years in a supervisory role in a residence life program
  • Knowledge of and experience with crisis management and student mediation
  • Commitment to Curtis’s unique mission and core values
  • Experience mentoring diverse student populations
  • A background in or deep understanding of the performing arts, ideally classical music


Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

  • a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents
  • passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good
  • commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to effect change
  • desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions
  • respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers
  • an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to: by February 28, 2019. Curtis offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, an attractive benefits package, a fully-furnished one-bedroom apartment in Lenfest Hall, and a meal plan when the dining hall is open. Hire is contingent upon the successful passing of PA Act 153 and criminal (ADP) background screenings. No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: