Assistant Director of Residence Life
Date Opened: 6/11/12
Closing Date: when filled
Southwestern University invites applications for an Assistant Director of Residence Life position. This position’s primary responsibilities include the day-to-day administration and supervision of student paraprofessionals, programs, and services designed to enhance the educational experience and quality of student life in the residence halls. This position will also work with campus Greek Life and four national Greek organizations. This is a full-time, exempt, Professional position that reports to the Dean of Students and includes room and board.
Responsibilities include: direct and supervise a staff of 26 Resident Assistants, including Living Learning Communities and single-gender residence hall; maintain a high level of visibility and interaction within the residential complex; conduct routine rounds of Living Learning Communities and Brown-Cody Residence Hall; provide leadership in developing a sense of residential community; assist, participate in, and encourage students and staff in the implementation of educational and community development activities and programs; conduct staff meetings and individual one-on-one meetings, as needed, with Resident Assistants; maintain office hours for informal staff contact and maximum accessibility with residents and staff, particularly evening hours; develop and/or participate in basic training programs or in-service training programs for the assigned staff; work cooperatively with the Dean of Students, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration and the Director of Academic Success & Advising; mediate conflicts with residents; serve as the liaison with the Dean of Students on issues related to discipline or conduct; as appropriate, conduct meetings with students regarding conduct or discipline issues arising from incident reports in the residence halls and University Police incident reports; oversee a portion of Greek life which includes advising a governing body and membership intake process for four national Greek organizations; work with supervisor and other University staff to insure proper administration of University policies and procedures; assume rotating on-call duty coverage as directed; meet with supervisor weekly, and participate in weekly area staff meetings; attend staff development activities and in-service training programs as required by supervisor; demonstrate effective communication, planning, and organizational skills as they relate to job responsibilities; prepare monthly reports detailing services and programs provided; work cooperatively with Residence Life, Physical Plant, and University Police on issues of hall maintenance, housekeeping, room assignments, roommate conflicts, verification of occupancy, safety and security related matters, and hall/room damage issues; assist with or coordinate resident check-in and checkout and room condition reporting; serve as a referral agent to Health Services, Counseling Services, Center for Academic Success, and other University related services; participate in professional development opportunities sponsored by the Division of Student Life and perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications include: minimum of a Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling, or related field; outstanding ability to relate to traditional college-aged students; general knowledge regarding student development theory and practices; proven supervisory and management skills; demonstrated leadership skills, including a strong work ethic; willingness to adhere to the University’s core values; possess excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written); have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community; demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external constituents; ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce reliable work product; possess proven ability to perform well in stressful situations and the ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule. Preferred Requirements: two years experience in Student Life / Residence Life position in an institution of higher learning; three years supervisory or management experience and understanding and commitment to a liberal arts education, including the ability to relate to a liberal arts faculty.
Southwestern University offers competitive salary and benefits including health, dental, life, long term disability, retirement, 15-paid holidays, three-weeks vacation, sick leave, tuition assistance, access to athletic facilities, free parking and discounted meal rates. Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern University is deeply committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and especially encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia. For information concerning the University, visit our Web site at www.southwestern.edu.
Interested persons may submit letter of interest, resume, the names, addresses and phone numbers of three professional references, and salary history and expectation to: Assistant Director of Residence Life, Job # 474, Southwestern University, Office of Human Resources, P.O. Box 770, Georgetown, TX 78627-0770 or FAX: 512-863-1880 or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only those resumes that include all the information requested will be considered. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F
Posted June 11, 2012.