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Residence Director (Anticipated)
|Onsite Event Position ID:||1870|
|Job Type:||Housing/Residence Life|
|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit, 4-year|
|Institution Size:||< 15,000 Students|
The Office of Residence Life is seeking to hire a Residence Director.
The Residence Director is a full-time professional staff member responsible for administering a residential program for a hall housing 250-800 students. The position includes educational, managerial, and administrative functions to provide a residential environment reflective of the University’s vision. Syracuse University aspires to be a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society.
The Residence Director supervises 6-18 RAs and in most halls an Assistant Residence Director (full-time) or Graduate Residence Coordinator (graduate student), and main desk student staff. The Residence Director advises a community council and participates in the development and implementation of residentially based learning communities (in some halls).
Additionally, the Residence Director shares in duty responsibilities for a residential area of campus maintains liaisons with a variety of offices and academic departments and participates in department-wide committees and initiatives as assigned.
Residential Education & Learning Communities: Utilizes a residential curriculum framework to foster student learning, development, and engagement. Assists RAs in assessing the needs of residents and developing floor programs to meet their needs. Advises student organizations, supported by theory and best practice. Advises students informally with regard to personal, social, and academic problems, and when necessary, makes appropriate referrals. Mediates a range of student conflicts including roommate agreements and concerns. Actively develops an environment, through dialogue and other educational means that encourages and fosters inclusive communities. Participates in the development and implementation of residentially based learning communities assigned to their building or complex. Works with specific learning community staff members to develop, implement, and attend Learning Community programs and Team Meetings. Participates in all departmental training and debriefings, including participating on inclusion focused book reads, discussions, and activities
Supervision: Trains, supervises, and participates in the formal and informal evaluation process with anywhere from 8-21 paraprofessional staff in their assigned area and potentially 1-2 full-time professional Assistant Residence Directors. Depending on the area, the opportunity may exist to train, supervise and evaluate a Graduate Assistant. Holds regular hall staff meetings to disseminate pertinent information and one-on-one meetings with Resident Advisors and Assistant Residence Directors.
Crisis Response and Student Conduct: Communicates student’s rights and responsibilities and assists in adjudicating departmental and university code of conduct violations. Provides staff coverage, including emergency duty, during the course of the year including hall openings, closing, and university vacation days. Handles emergency situations utilizing crisis intervention skills and resources. Serves in an on-call rotation with other Senior Staff in their designated area encompassing approximately 1,800-2,500 students.
Managerial: Ensures that the hall staff has an operating knowledge of the procedures, policies, and practices essential to the effective functioning of the hall. Adheres to regular office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) as well as after-hours commitments such as programs, meetings, and training. Manages their hall/complex by conducting weekly walkthroughs of their building and follow up with maintenance and custodial concerns. Manages the programming and operation budget for the hall and is an active participant in area meetings, departmental meetings, and training programs.
Professional Development: Takes an active interest in identifying and participating in his/her own professional development. Adheres to the Association of College and University Officers-International (ACUHO-I), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and America College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) ethical standards. Serves on University, Divisional, and Departmental Committees as requested. Exhibits the ability to engage in in-depth self-reflection and apply what he/she has learned to their professional and personal lives. Presents workshops and training sessions to staff and students
Engages in professional development and learning specifically related to cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice: Actively engages in cultural competency development. Determines, in partnership with the supervisor, what learning goals and opportunities to take part in. Provides a summary of how learning is being incorporated into practice.
Departmental Initiatives: Serves as a member or co-chair on departmental committees and will be assigned to work with one of our summer academic programs and/or summer school housing. Additionally, the Residence Director will perform other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Director and/or Central Office Directors and Coordinators.
Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education, or related field required. 2 years of experience post master’s degree (Preferred). Demonstrated ability to supervise paraprofessional staff, use performance appraisals, and teach job skills. Confirmed skills in mediation, intervention, problem-solving, decision making, and emergency response. Demonstrated expertise and experience at the paraprofessional level in at least two of the following specialized areas in residence life in addition to the general knowledge of all other areas:
Candidates should have previous residence hall or student advising experience. Knowledge of management operations practices, fiscal and budget matters is essential. Knowledge of student development, counseling and/or event management. Excellent written and verbal communication. Strong ability to handle multiple priorities and work across many different constituencies. The Residence Director should support the development of an inclusive residence hall community and demonstrates cultural competency in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
Evening and weekend commitments are expected. The start date for this position is late June.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to Arienne Milkles, Coordinator for Staff Selection & Inclusion Education, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Residence Director - TPE” in the subject line. For best consideration please submit materials by February 20th, 2019 (resumes will be accepted until positions are filled). Please include TPE Candidate number on all application materials. *No formal application due at this time*
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