Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
The Office of Housing & Residential Life is committed to providing a residential experience of the highest quality for each of our residents. This includes providing a safe, comfortable, diverse, as well as purposeful living and learning environment aligned with universities values and learning goals. Through partnerships with university faculty and staff, we foster students' personal growth, critical thinking, intellectual engagement, and social responsibility that is designed to educate, challenge and develop our students.
The Housing & Residential Life program includes 8 cooperative houses, graduate and professional student housing, 11 Program Houses that have a focused identity and/or themed living environments, a focused First-Year Residential Experience on North Campus, and a unique upper-class and transfer student experience in South Campus. In addition, there is significant faculty engagement in the residential communities, with seven faculty-in-residence living in the first-year communities and over 110 faculty and community members spread throughout all of the residential communities
The North Campus First-Year Residential Initiative was established in the 1990s to serve the developmental needs of First-Year students and build a cohesive student experience. Part of our goal within Residential Life is to create a First-Year experience that engages students in a developmentally appropriate manner to meet our learning outcomes. The First-Year Experience occurs through resident engagement, Hall Council advising, programming, educational conduct processes, and integrated faculty experiences. The First-Year Experience also includes a Faculty-in-Residence that works closely with the residence hall staff, and who oversees the Faculty Fellows program in most first-year halls.
The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is a 12-month live-in position that serves and provides leadership to a First-year hall by providing community and program development, administrative management, and support for a community ranging from 200-500 undergraduate students in their first year. The RHD is responsible for facilitating and supporting faculty-student interaction and student development through individual student interactions, building community engagement and will work collaboratively with student leadership, one Faculty in Residence and/or a group of Faculty Fellows. The RHD will also select, supervise, train and evaluate up to 20 student staff members in multiple capacities.
A successful Residence Hall director must demonstrate strong innovative programming skills that promote co-curricular engagement and student success. Additionally, this role should have a particular enthusiasm for working with creative students and have the ability to work with a diverse student population. This role should be highly collaborative and flexible but all have the skills needed to make sound decisions independently with good judgement. This role should regular demonstrate exceptional skills in student engagement, development and leadership to ensure a safe and conducive environment as well as be able to effectively balance administrative workload with student interaction.
Bachelor's Degree required with at least 2 years relevant experience in residential administration, community development, student affairs program planning or implementation.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including verbal and written communication
Demonstrated experience in being a team player, ability to juggle multiple priorities, and working in a fast-paced environment.
Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs with reasonable accommodations. At times, may carry equipment up and down stairs.
Incumbent will be required to live-in the residence halls 12 months per year.
Master's Degree in Student Personnel/Higher Education or closely related field is strongly preferred.
Passion and excitement for working with first-year students in residence.
Experience in using a variety of basic and advanced business/technical programs/applications to perform responsibilities involving data management and analysis
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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