The Office of Residential Life at Washington University in St. Louis is now accepting applications for anticipated openings for the Residential College/Community Director (RCD) staff position.
The Residential College/Community Director (RCD) role is a live-in position that manages the day-to-day community development initiatives and services in an effort to create residential living/learning communities. This position supervises Resident Assistants (RAs), a Graduate Fellow (GF) or Assistant Residential College Advisor (ARCD), and may co-advise a residential programming board. Develops and implements residential learning programs and initiatives; assists with enhancing student development. Advises students and collaborates with staff and faculty to create living/learning communities that enrich the students' University experience. Provides crisis intervention to residents; assesses nature of concerns and resolves or refers for resolution. Educates and informs residents of Residential Life policies and community standards; holds residents accountable and restores community impact from policy violations, issues educational and restorative obligations. This position is responsible for assigned after-hours/weekend/holiday on-call duties on a rotational basis to address any residential based emergencies. Oversees the residential community budget, collaborates with facilities and housekeeping, and participates in assigned departmental committees.
RCDs must possess a commitment to social justice, a focus on the success of all students, an open mind and a willingness to learn. Overall keys for success include a strong understanding of professional and personal integrity, adaptability, a positive attitude, and a willingness to be fully engaged in all aspects of campus life. RCDs are 12-month, full-time, live-in positions with involvement in both departmental and University-wide committees and initiatives.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate 6-16 undergraduate Resident Advisors
Develop, implement and facilitate on-going in-service training for hall staff with particular attention to community development, programming, and human relations issues
Organize and facilitate weekly RA staff meetings
Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate a Graduate Fellow or Assistant Residential College Director (ARCD) (if applicable)
Support additional residential student staff and programming (i.e. student tutors, technology liaisons, etc.) (if applicable)
Residential Education Programming & Community Development
Create, implement, and evaluate the Community Engagement Model, to ensure dynamic and educational programming in the community
Cultivate a residential environment grounded in social justice values and aligned with the Department’s Diversity Statement
Utilize restorative justice philosophy and practices as a learning tool for students in the conduct process
Work with live-in and/or assigned faculty to enhance student and faculty interaction in residential areas (if applicable)
Advise residential programming board with a specific emphasis on community development (if applicable)
Work with students and faculty mentors as part of the BLOC program (upper-class themed housing communities) (if applicable)
Manage residential area budget and departmental accounting procedures
Student Support and Crisis Management
Maintain a system of intervention and referral for students experiencing academic or personal difficulties which includes collaborating with various campus partners
Understand, communicate, and hold students accountable to University policies and procedures
Educate and inform residents of Residential Life policies and community standards
Provide accountability and restore community impact for policy violations through educational and restorative obligations
Serve in the On-Call duty rotation to provide 24-hour incident and crisis response to the larger residential community
Departmental and University Administration
Serve on Residential Education committees providing leadership to various components of the Residential Education program and experience
Assist with departmental administration (i.e. staff selection, training, housing selection, operations, assessment, etc.)
Serve on various university, division, and departmental committees as needed
Other duties as assigned
Communication and Partnerships
Maintain open lines of communication with different constituencies, including parents, campus partners, and academic partners
Work with academic administrators, partners, and faculty to enhance and promote student-faculty interaction in the residential areas
Serve as an active liaison between the housekeeping and maintenance team members
Work with neighborhood associations and campus/community relations to increase positive relationships between residents and our surrounding communities (if applicable)
Master’s Degree in Higher Education or related field required. Prior applicable residential life experience preferred.
Successful candidates must demonstrate strong written, verbal, and active listening skills. Must be student-focused as well as have the ability to build strong relationships with faculty, administrators and parents. A desire to learn about and a demonstrated commitment to racial justice work is essential. Desire to work with a diverse group of students at a highly selective institution should also be exhibited. Must take initiative, be ambitious, responsible, and able to work effectively both as a member of a team and independently. There are late-night and weekend commitments as well the expectation to be present and visible in their community on an ongoing basis.
Position lives in university provided housing. Position must have ability to work on-call and travel to on- and off-campus locations.