Residential Life Area Director

Colgate University  |  Hamilton, NY

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Posted one week ago Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Residential Life Area Director

Job Type: Housing/Residence Life
Location: Hamilton, NY
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 3,500 Students
Employer ID: 15432
Application Deadline: 12/29/2018


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

The Area Director (AD) is a full-time, live-in position, primarily responsible for the effective and efficient execution of strategies and programs that enrich the residential experience at Colgate. The AD works closely the Residential Life Leadership Team and, when assigned to a Commons Area, a Residential Commons Leadership Team to build intellectually-engaging residential communities in which all students feel like they belong and have the opportunity to grow. ADs who oversee areas that fall within Residential Commons also work under the leadership of Commons Directors. The AD supervises live-in student staff in their respective areas and may provide leadership for a part-time Fellow in a Residential Commons.

Specific Responsibilities

Community Development & Engagement

Provide support in the development and furthering of the departmental philosophy, mission, and programs by translating the mission, vision, and strategic goals in ways that impact and transform residential communities
Manage the facilitation of the community development and learning model in their area, which may include one-on-ones, event planning, community meetings, and other strategies

Intellectual Connection

Provide leadership and support within assigned Residential Commons
Assist residents with concerns that are barriers to academic success and make appropriate referrals as required

Staff Supervision

Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a team of student staff in accordance with department expectations, goals, and established procedures
Participate in and plan on-going staff development and in-service activities for the purpose of continued training and opportunities for personal development for student staff

Facilities & Building Management Duties

Coordinate, maintain and monitor the administrative and operational functions associated with the management of a residence hall (occupancy management, room condition, maintenance, technology, etc.).
Exercise judgment in the effective day-to-day management of multiple housing facilities

Crisis Management & Emergency Response

Serve as a referral source for student staff during counseling and crisis issues
Provide crisis intervention along with necessary follow-up after an incident, working in coordination with other Residential Life staff, as well as professionals from the Counseling Center, Dean's Office, Campus Safety, and other areas as needed

Core Departmental Responsibilities

Build and maintain collaborative relationships with others in Residential Life, Dean of the College, Facilities, Faculty, and the University community, creating opportunities for them to engage and be involved with students around their areas of expertise
Disseminate information regarding policies, conduct, administrative matters, and campus events to staff


Professional Experience/ Qualifications

  • Candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and be capable of creating and maintaining productive and collegial working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
  • Must be available to work evenings, late nights and occasional weekends as required. This includes an on-call responsibility.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects, programs, and student challenges simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have college or university experience in crisis management, student conduct, student staff supervision, and program design.
  • Experience with student activities and event planning preferred.
  • Experience working with faculty within the context of a learning community or similar program is highly desired.
  • Prior student intern, volunteer and/or professional supervisory experience is required.
  • Previous student leadership roles are required.


  • A Bachelor's degree is required.

A Master's degree in higher education or related field is preferred.

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