Location: West Hartford, CT Category: Staff Posted On: Thu Apr 15 2021 Job Description:
The Assistant Director of Student Affairs - Residential Life position is a 12-month position responsible for supporting the mission of University of Saint Joseph and the Division of Student Affairs. The Assistant Director will work collaboratively with a team of student affairs professionals on residence education, Resident Assistant training, selection, and will serve as the Chief Housing Officer under the direction of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
The Assistant Director should be a high energy, positive role model who is committed to building a diverse array of programs and initiatives that encourage and promote student learning, success, and retention in a student-centered environment that addresses the specific needs of residential students. This position serves in the on-call duty rotation and involves high student contact, which includes frequent evening and weekend hours.
Responsibilities (Include but are not limited to)
Participate as a committed team member of the Division of Student Affairs in university and division committee work, projects, and overall community development. Participate in department and division decision making and planning and serve on University and departmental committees and work group as assigned.
Work with the Residence Coordinators to supervise, select, mentor and train the Resident Assistants.
Manage undergraduate housing operations on the campus, which includes coordinating the housing assignment process, producing occupancy reports, maintaining student housing rosters, and overseeing the opening and closing of undergraduate residence halls.
Work with the Residence Coordinators to implement Resident Assistant training, selection and staff development
Assist with oversight of the planning and implementation of programs, with direct responsibility for the coordination of living-learning communities and a first-year residential experience.
Engage in residence life policy research and development and provide recommendations to the Vice President based on student needs and current trends in higher education.
Coordinate residence life electronic communications, which includes managing the residence life website and the creation of newsletters
Serve as Advisor to the Residence Hall Association with the goal of providing leadership opportunities for students living on campus.
Work with members of the Student Affairs team to coordinate of student satisfaction surveys.
Assist with the coordination of incident reports and judicial system for residential students to ensure that all student behavior is addressed within a reasonable amount of time.
Work with campus constituents for billing, facilities, safety and securing needs for students. Coordinate scheduling of fire drills and health and safety checks in the residence halls, providing reports, updates, and seeking guidance from the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Assist with the implementation of departmental, division, and University programs and initiate such as appropriate (i.e. new student orientation, convocation, graduation, etc.)
Serve in the on-call duty rotation and provide crisis response.
Perform other duties and special projects as requested and assigned by the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Master's degree in higher education administration or related field
Minimum of 2 years of professional work experience in residence life, student development, and/or campus activities.
Comprehensive understanding, appreciation, and support of student life at a small, private institution and a commitment to improving the lives of students.
Substantial experience working successfully with departments within student affairs and the campus at large to provide activities, programs, and services for undergraduate and graduate students.
Have acquired knowledge, experiences, and involvement in student development, program/project management, counseling students, and conversing with parents.
Possess impeccable judgement, tolerance for ambiguity in diverse situations, ability to resolve student issues and crisis situations effectively, and commitment to the student affairs profession.
Ability to embrace and support a culture of collegiality, diversity, equity and inclusion, and demonstrated understanding of and strong commitment to customer service and a student-centered experience.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Able to function independently while operating effectively within a team environment
Possess solid general computer skills, including ability to work in a Windows environment. Proficiency with MS Office Suite, Internet, and other programs as needed (e.g., mail merge, data base management). Familiarity with specific applications used by the University/Department a plus.
Excellent oral and written skills and ability to communicate comfortably with students, colleagues, and external constituents
Demonstrated ability to handle complex and multiple tasks in a professional and efficient manner
Exhibits a high level of professionalism, leadership, creative problem solving, diplomacy, negotiation and sales skills, and the ability to manage complex projects with minimal supervision
Professional, courteous demeanor and appearance; ability to engage positively and work professionally with students, faculty, staff and administration and represent the University professionally to the public
Cultural competency to work with diverse student and/or employee population
Commitment to the mission of the University of Saint Joseph
Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The University of Saint Joseph is building a culturally diverse faculty & staff and strongly encourages applications from women and people of color.
The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.At University of Saint Joseph, our mission statement profoundly resonates with our faculty and staff and serves as the foundation upon which our employment policy is built.We seek to attract, develop and retain individuals who are committed to our mission. We are committed to providing an environment where diverse talents, perspectives, experiences and contributions are recognized, and one that promotes the "growth of the whole person" with resources that enable employees to meet professional and personal life needs.