Summary of Position: Provides leadership for a strong residence life program designed to foster a sense of community for the residents in Boyle and Deichert Hall based on the university’s 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. May be supervised in the collateral appointment by other members of the student life staff. The appointee supervises student resident assistants (RA’s) and may assist with the supervision of other student employees and volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Demonstrates a willingness to support 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 university’s model of servant leadership.
* Provides leadership for a residence life program for the 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 knows the residents by name, who is frequently present in the common areas of the residence hall and who shares meals several meals 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 university’s 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.
* Collateral appointment (.25 FTE) in student recreation and wellness.
Desired Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree and leadership experience working with young adults is required. Preference will be given to candidates with 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: This is a live-in position; residing within an apartment located in Boyle Hall. The apartment includes free high speed Wi-Fi internet access, Cable TV, parking, and laundry facilities. An office is located on the main floor of the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership in close proximity to the Student Development Office. 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, 12-month and benefitted administrative staff appointment.
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.
Qualified candidates are invited to submit a letter of application, resume and professional references to: Sheyna Stroh, Director of Human Resources, University of Mary, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504; firstname.lastname@example.org.