Posted: January 30, 2015
Residence Director Positions for Fall of 2015
Anticipated Residence Director
POSITION TITLE: Residence Director (Menís and Womenís)
DEPARTMENT: Student Life
DIVISION: Student Development
Applications are now being accepted for anticipated openings for the 2015-2016 academic year for both menís and womenís residence halls. Anticipated start date is August 1, 2015.
Summary of Position: Provides leadership for a strong residence life program designed to foster a sense of community for student residents based on the universityís Christian, Catholic and Benedictine identity and values.
Position Relationship: Supervised on a daily basis by the director of student life and/or the assistant director of student life. Positions with a collateral appointment may also be supervised by other members of the student life staff. The appointee supervises student resident assistants (RAís) and may assist with the supervision of other student employees and volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Demonstrates a willingness to support and advance the Christian, Catholic and Benedictine mission of the University of Mary.
• Assists in the development of a residence life and student life culture congruent with the University of Mary mission and values based upon The Benedictine Wisdom Tradition, The Principles for Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities, Christian and Catholic moral teachings and the universityís model of servant leadership.
• Provides leadership for a residence life program for student residents designed to foster a positive living and learning environment based on Benedictine values to support learning, spiritual and personal growth and leadership development of the residents.
• Serves as a visible, accessible advisor and mentor who know the residents by name, who is frequently present in the common areas of the residence hall and who shares meals several times a week with residents in the dining center.
• Provides leadership and supervision to develop and successfully implement dynamic programming designed to facilitate formation of a strong sense of community based on Benedictine values, learning and leadership development opportunities outside-the-classroom, and the spiritual and personal growth of residents.
• Develops and successfully implements an effective program to educate residents about the universityís community standards and policies.
• Collaborates with faculty, advisors and student success center staff to monitor the adjustment and progress of residents, to identify residents who may be at risk for attrition and to participate in efforts to connect students with appropriate forms of assistance and services.
• Enforces community standards and policies and provides for the effective supervision of student staff involved in enforcement to ensure that all policy matters are handled appropriately, documented and reported to supervisors as required.
• Provides residents with opportunities and encouragement to ask questions, express concerns and assume leadership roles in addressing student expressed needs.
• Documents and report all safety and security incidents and concerns to supervisors.
• Provides effective management to ensure that all administrative processes in the residence hall are effectively implemented and completed according to prescribed procedures including responses to roommate conflicts, requests for changes in room and roommate assignments; resident check-ins and check-outs, all maintenance and safety and security issues and concerns.
• Establishes and maintain appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with students, faculty and staff.
• Attends staff meetings and meetings with supervisors as scheduled and take appropriate direction to implement policies and procedures as requested.
• Assists the director and assistant director of student life with the recruitment and training of student leaders to serve as resident assistants. Provide daily supervision and mentoring of the RA team.
• Provides on-call coverage to respond to crisis situations, emergencies and other needs as they arise according to a schedule determined by supervisors. Work hours include substantial evening and weekend hours.
• In consultation with supervisors, establishes program goals, provides for effective documentation of work activities, prepares monthly progress reports, and implements an effective assessment plan to evaluate program effectiveness and completes all administrative reports as required.
• Maintains office hours as scheduled by supervisors.
• Serves on university committees and task forces as assigned.
• Maintains professional standards for privacy and confidentiality of student records and student information.
Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience:
Bachelorís degree and leadership experience working with young adults is required. A Masterís degree with coursework/practicum in residence life/student development preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates at the bachelorís level who have experience in residence life, student activities and/or an in-depth understanding of the developmental needs of traditional-aged university students.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required: An understanding of residence life programs and practices at the university level. The ability to remain calm and decisive in stressful circumstances and knowledge of essential crisis and emergency response protocols. The ability to lead, direct and supervise student employees. Ability to prepare a professional report and provide documentation of incidents that commonly occur in a residence life environment. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Suite Application. The ability to make professional presentations using computers, projectors, and other similar tools.
Physical Demands: Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer terminal; hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations; the ability to transverse the campus, stamina to work long hours and the ability to sit for extended periods of time.
Work Environment: Residence Director positions are live-in positions where the appointee resides in an apartment located in the residence hall where the appointee serves. The apartment includes free high speed Wi-Fi internet access, Cable TV, parking, and laundry facilities. Each residence director has an office within the residential community to meet with students. Regular office hours must be kept. Requires substantial evening and weekend hours as well as overnight on-call duty according to a rotating schedule with other residence directors. A meal plan is provided for those periods when dining services are in operation with the expectation the appointee will eat meals with residents in the dining centers on a frequent basis.
This is a full-time benefitted administrative staff appointment. Position openings may be 12-month or 10-month. Depending upon need, 10-month appointments may also include a separate summer appointment working with camp and conferences.
This position description is a general description of the essential job functions. It is not intended to describe all duties someone in this position may perform. All employees of the University of Mary are expected to perform the duties as assigned by management, regardless of job title or routine job duties.
Interested Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to [email protected]