The Area Director for Upper Class (UC) traditional housing serves as a member of a collaborative student affairs team in managing a residential living area and creating healthy living/learning communities among upper class students in three traditional residence halls.
This is a full-time (12 month, 40 hours per week), live-on, professional position. Muhlenberg offers excellent benefits, including eligibility for tuition programs for employees and dependents after two years of service.
Key Job Responsibilities:
Vision and Leadership
Review practices, policies, and initiatives to ensure a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Participate in the annual Divisional Student Affairs and Housing & Residence Life strategic planning and annual reporting efforts.
Regularly identify critical elements of the department that require assessment of learning or evaluation of services/needs, conduct those assessments, share findings with appropriate audiences, and make adjustments to internal programs and practices based on data and evidence.
Work with Associate Director to develop an annual professional development plan that will ensure awareness of trends, best practices, new information, etc. related to student life, student involvement and activities, student advising, and diversity and inclusion practices and skills.
Lead and participate in Divisional and College-wide committees and initiatives.
Assist with major housing processes, including but not limited to, the housing lottery.
Directly supervise up to three Hall Directors (HDs) and 16 Resident Advisors (RAs).
Plan and facilitate monthly area staff meetings with HDs and RAs, weekly one-on-one meetings with HDs, attend bi-weekly HD staff meetings, and weekly HRL professional staff meetings.
Assist in the planning and implementation of staff hiring, training, and development.
Coordinate the staff evaluation process for supervision area.
Meet with students to address social, behavioral, and academic concerns.
Plan and implement in-services twice a semester for the supervision area.
Adjudicate conduct hearings for minor violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
Follow up with students of concern and assist with referrals to campus partners.
Educate and manage conflict resolution through restorative practices.
Serve as a resource and support for all commuting students.
Residential Education & Curriculum
Facilitate RA programming for supervision area.
Supervise and track area budgets and reimbursements.
Coordinate the implementation of residential curriculum components.
Collaborate with campus partners in curricular efforts.
Manage three residence hall facilities housing approximately 600 UC students.
Manage the opening and closing of residential facilities for the academic year and breaks.
Manage the inventory process, conduct inspections, and assess common area damages.
Conduct regular inspections of residential facilities, including weekly walk-through of area.
Manage the year-round damage billing process for the supervision area.
Hold regularly scheduled office hours (37 hours per week/5 days per week).
Hold regularly scheduled building office hours (3 hours per week).
Participate in weekly one on one meetings with each Associate Director.
Participate in on-call duty rotation for the residential population with HRL professional staff.
Assist with office and campus-wide projects and committees.
Facilitate presentations and attend HRL and campus events.
May perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field preferred; Bachelor's degree required.
Previous housing/residence life experience preferred.
Commitment to the mission and goals of Muhlenberg College and Division of Student Affairs.
Strong commitment and demonstrated skills working with a diverse student population and offering diverse and inclusive campus activities.
Knowledge of and ability to apply student development theory.
Knowledge of risk management policies and procedures.
Knowledge of educational outcome assessment and program evaluation.
Knowledge of and experience with budget preparation and management.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively through verbal and written communication.
Ability to work autonomously as well as with a team.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends.
Ability to lead and motivate students.
Ability to organize and direct multiple activities simultaneously.
Ability to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate new student-related programs.
Ability to work with computers and related software.
Ability to lift a minimum of 40 lbs. and navigate buildings without elevators.
Satisfactory driving record required.
To apply, upload your cover letter, resume, separate diversity statement summarizing your experiences and commitment to equity and inclusion, and names/contact information for three references. (Your diversity statement should note how you demonstrate your commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in your work, community and/or personal life.
This may include, for example, work assignments, community service/mentoring, committee service, recruitment/retention activities, etc.)
Please combine all application materials into a single pdf if possible. Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.
About Muhlenberg College
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia and 90 miles west of New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences as well as selected pre-professional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health. For more information, visit www.muhlenberg.edu. An equal opportunity employer, Muhlenberg College is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and staff from racial and ethnic groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education. For additional information about Muhlenberg's commitment to diversity and inclusion, applicants can find the latest updates to the College's Diversity Strategic Plan at this link: https://www.muhlenberg.edu/diversityatmuhlenberg/