Community Director

Catholic University of America  |  Washington, DC

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Job Overview

Posted one day ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Community Director

Onsite Event Position ID: 2857
Job Type: Housing/Residence Life
Location: Washington, DC
Positions Available: 2
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 30336

Benefits

Salary Range:
$45,000 - $47,000
Housing for Position:
Live-in/on
Benefits
Salary Range:
$45,000 - $47,000
Housing for Position:
Live-in/on
Qualifications
Education:
Masters Preferred, Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Other Education, Other
Experience:

Qualifications
Education:
Masters Preferred, Masters Required
Major Preference:
Counseling, Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Other Education, Other
Experience:

Position Description

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life, the Community Director (CD) is a full-time, live-in professional staff member who plays an integral role in the structure and leadership of Residence Life and has a significant impact on the development, growth, and formation of students at CUA. The CD’s primary role is to foster the holistic development of students through active engagement and mentoring of students in the residential educational experience.

The Office of Residence Life (RL) cultivates values-oriented communities that are grounded in the faith-based mission of The Catholic University of America; connects students with campus resources to offer continued support and promote student success; offers opportunities for student learning outside of the classroom in support of the university’s academic mission; establishes and upholds community living standards; recognizes and respects cultural and human differences; and prepares students for civic engagement and responsibility by providing student leadership opportunities and promoting involvement in residence hall communities. Opportunities within in residential communities will contribute to healthy student development; encourage student citizenship and civility; create connections to the CUA community; and promote individual responsibility for actions and interpersonal accountability for the common good.


Job Requirements

Student Support, Development, and Formation:

Actively engage in residential neighborhoods to foster a vibrant, student-centered, supportive community that contributes positively to the CUA campus experience. Serve as advisor and mentor for residential students.

  • Actively engage in the residence hall communities by attending hall programs, regularly touring the residence halls, participating in community meetings, and engaging in formal and informal interactions with residents during and after normal business hours.
  • Assist in the coordination and development of intentional programmatic initiatives and services that positively impact the recruitment, retention and enrichment of students.
  • Provide individualized support to students in relation to academic, behavioral, personal and/or social issues and concerns; assistance in adjusting to university life; and in the event of a personal, medical or family emergency.  
  • Through collaboration with other university offices, encourage the development of student citizens who are culturally aware and accepting of differences.
  • Serve as a student conduct conference officer and assist in gathering information about disciplinary incidents as necessary.
  • Assist in the resolution of student behavior concerns, utilizing crisis intervention skills and resources.
  • Utilizing best practices to inform decisions, provide leadership to unique communities including, but not limited to, single-gendered housing, apartment or suite style communities and first-year student communities.

Staff Selection, Training, and Supervision:

Participate in on-going staff training initiatives; develop strong training programs to support student staff throughout the academic year; serve as primary supervisor for a 6-16 person residential staff, encouraging growth and development in all aspects of their position.

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate Resident Assistants and other paraprofessional staff members.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of selection and training activities for Resident Assistants and other paraprofessional staff.
  • Remain actively involved with Resident Assistants on an individual and group basis in order to provide appropriate support, feedback, and staff development opportunities, disseminate pertinent information, plan area activities and problem solve.
  • Develop goals and objectives for the residential area through collaboration with Resident Assistants.
  • Create a plan for community events, strategies, and initiatives that supports Residence Life’s programming philosophy.

Operational and Management Responsibilities:

Participate in and contribute to the maintenance of up-to-date strategic and operational protocols, policies, and practices of the department.  Communicate these protocols, policies, and practices effectively to staff, students and the broader university community, as necessary.

  • Maintain a presence in the Residence Hall Office (RHO) during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday, and as needed on evenings and weekends.
  • Supervise the maintenance of student and informational records essential to assignments, keys and access cards, and other hall operations.
  • Open and close residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester in accordance with departmental expectations.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing with students, parents, and members of the University community. 

Departmental Leadership:

  • Acquire and maintain a strong working knowledge of related university departments, systems and processes.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with professional colleagues on and off campus
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of the student development field. Apply and share knowledge to produce fundamentally sound and creative solutions to critical student needs.
  • Serve on departmental committees and task forces, such as case management and the critical incident response team, and be active in interdisciplinary initiatives.
  • Participate in and contribute to the strategic, operational and budget planning processes of the department. 
  • Coordinate departmental response to emergency, crisis, and unusual situations involving students and/or the campus community. 
  • Maintain high visibility and accessibility, and initiate regular communications with the University community, including executive management, students, faculty and staff. 
  • Create goodwill for the University in service to families of students, visitors, patrons, government officials, community leaders and the general public. Assist with the cultivation of positive community relations.
     

Application Information

Please note: Cover letters should address how you meet the minimum qualifications. Cover letters should also incorporate your thoughts on the following two questions: (1) Within the scope of the role and responsibilities of the Community Director, how would you specifically support the mission of The Catholic University of America? (2) In this role, what would you do to exemplify your support of the University’s, the division’s and the department’s mission?

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