The Residence Hall Area Director position is a 12-month live-in position which serves as part of the leadership team for the Department of Residential Education. The primary objective of the Area Director position is responsibility for designing and implementing integrated learning strategies to assist students in the achievement of a broad array of co-curricular learning outcomes. Other primary objectives include focusing on the health and safety of individual students as well as the community collectively, creating a respectful and communicative environment of open discourse, and facilitating a challenging, yet supportive learning environment. As a vital part of the Division of Student Affairs, the Area Directors ensure the day to day residential operations of their communities of approximately 600 students with responsibilities for the following:
Educate students and staff on relevant student development theory through formal and informal programming.
Develop programs and presentations on the residential and campus wide perspective.
Opportunity for teaching experiences through First Year Colloquium, Resident Assistant Course and/or other leadership based or related coursework.
Supervise Resident Assistant staff.
Supervise Night Assistant staff.
Supervise Head Resident Assistant staff,
Assist with staff selection, training and evaluation process.
Coordinate the Residence Hall/Community Staff Duty Schedule.
Advise the Hall Council.
Make daily and evening rounds throughout the residence hall/community.
Conduct weekly staff meetings.
Conduct weekly/bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with Resident Assistants.
Coordinate and supervise the residence hall/community activity calendar.
Coordinate all in-hall programs.
Coordinate all activities for specially designated weekends.
Resolve resident conflict through informal and formal mediation sessions.
Counsel and advise students.
Educate residents on University and Residence Hall Policy.
Serve as a University hearing officer.
Adjudicate student conduct cases as assigned.
Conduct weekly inventory and maintenance checks.
Maintain an up to date hall/community roster.
Be on call for ‘duty’ rotation.
Maintain key inventory for the community.
Provide moderate administrative support for the central office.
Publish a monthly Residence Hall/Community Newsletter.
Participate on various campus and division committees.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s Degree in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration or related field required; 3-5 years’ experience as a live-in professional in a residence hall setting; effective supervision, administrative, organization, written and oral communication skills; experience in conflict resolution, mediation, application of student development theory in a residence hall setting; excellent decision making skills. Experience working autonomously and are able to exercise excellent judgment in their areas of responsibility. Experience supervising, working with and addressing needs of a diverse student community. Experience with computer applications is required.
Resident Director or comparable building manager experience preferred. Experience involving a multicultural emphasis, application of student development theory, and/or Living Learning Communities is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, customer service, organization and planning, prioritization, problem solving, follow through, time management, and oral & written communication skills. Must be flexible and possess the ability to successfully handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work well under pressure, independently, and in a team-oriented environment. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite is required and Google platforms is required.
The Area Director is responsible for implementing protocol to address emergencies/crises/mental health issues including: eating disorders, incidents of self-harm, alcohol and drug use/abuse/overdose, and Title IX prohibited offenses.
Due to the live-in requirement of the Area Director, this individual is responsible for their residence hall(s) and any urgent events or crises that appear in the residence halls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the Area Director is not expected to remain in the building at all times throughout his or her tenure, the live-in requirement allows for prompt, professional responses when these situations arise. Even when not on-call, the AD is expected to respond to major crises (student death, building fire, etc.) once becoming aware of them, provided he or she is on campus at the time of the event.
Work Schedule and Hours
Normal work schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but evening and weekend work is often required. Crises often require time after hours.
Due to the live-in requirements of the Area Director position, it is required that the on-campus apartment provided must be the individual’s primary residence and that person must maintain a high visibility within their residential areas of responsibility. Primary residence is defined as being present and sleeping on campus a minimum of 4 out of the 5 weeknights and at least 2 weekends a month.