The Associate Director of Residential Life is responsible for creating a dynamic residential living-learning community program with well-trained staff who are dedicated to student engagement, learning and principled community. The Associate Director provides activities, programs, and facilities to help cultivate a positive residential environment that promotes student involvement, learning, and personal development.
The Associate Director will be expected to work with colleagues to create a residential engagement model grounded in Ernest Boyer’s Principles of Community that reinforces UM-Flint’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as self-governance model in the residential community. The Associate Director will coordinate policies, standards, and goals for the department which are consistent with the mission and goals of the University and the Division of Student Affairs. The Associate Director represents the department through service on University and student committees.
The University of Michigan-Flint affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply and we are seeking candidates from a diverse background to lead the program during a transformative time. The University of Michigan-Flint is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Selects, trains, supervises, evaluates, and encourages developmental opportunities and growth for staff reporting to this position.
Directly supervise, oversee, and mentor direct reporting staff and Graduate Hall Directors.
Indirectly supervise 12-15 Resident Advisors (RA) and front desk student workers.
Develop and implement recruitment hiring and training of a diverse Graduate Hall Director and Resident Advisor staff.
Oversee supervision, professional development, and evaluation of Graduate Hall Directors and 12-15 Resident Advisors.
Coordinate weekly staff meetings with direct reports and Graduate Hall Directors that update and reinforce training objectives and intentionally focus on individual and staff development.
Conduct regular one-on-one meetings with supervisees.
Create a dynamic residential living-learning community program that is student- centered and promotes student learning, growth and development in two residence halls.
Support the University of Michigan-Flint’s commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus through program development and individual professional development
Foster an atmosphere of respect for individual differences and community values.
Responsible for residence life operations including but not limited to, residence community development, residence hall and RA programming, residential student involvement and residence hall policies and procedures.
Work to create a vibrant residential learning community by developing educational and social programming for students.
Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with campus partners to enhance student engagement and residential community development in alignment with Ernest Boyer’s Principles of Community.
Collaborate with department staff on the development of a residence hall student governance structure including the development of Hall Councils.
Manage and evaluate HRL programs and events that enhance community life.
Create intentional efforts to interact with students and provide opportunities for student growth and development.
Provide counsel and advice for individual students, residential student leaders, and Resident Advisors.
Develop strong relationships with faculty and staff across campus in the development of programming that fosters individual student satisfaction and persistence; create educational, social, and recreational opportunities that promote learning, inquiry, self-discovery, and personal growth.
In conjunction with the Student Conduct & Community Standards Director, coordinate and manage systems for residential conduct concerns, student conduct appeals, and non-resident conduct cases that are a result of being documented in an on-campus residence hall.
Ensure resident conflicts and complaints are resolved in a professional and timely manner including proper documentation, follow-up and resolution.
Engage with students educating, explaining, interpreting, and reinforcing policies as listed in the Student Code of Conduct, housing contract and Community Living Guide.
Provide resources and referrals for students and family members.
Effectively communicates with students, parents, administrators, faculty, and outside constituents.
Respond to requests and inquiries from University personnel, students, and parents and make appropriate referrals of inquiries to upper-level personnel.
Develop, coordinate, and oversee Living Learning Communities.
Assist with department assessment and oversee RA program reporting.
Represent the office of Housing and Residential Life on appropriate university committees, meetings, and events.
Work collaboratively with Assistant Director of Housing regarding occupancy, facilities management, room assignments, student concerns, etc.
Communicate and promote University policy and procedures including residence hall policies.
Meets regularly with supervisor and attends staff meetings.
Participates in departmental and university-wide committees,
Prepare periodic and annual reports.
Serve as a mandatory reporter (Clery Act) and responsible employee (Title IX) and immediately report related incidents according to federal mandates and university policies.
Report all incidents of hazing and participate in all related investigations.
Provide 24 hour on-call senior level response coverage on a rotating basis.
Work evenings and weekends as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree required.
5 years of professional experience working in residential life and/or housing.
Demonstrated supervisory experience and the ability to motivate and lead a team.
Demonstrated experience building community within a residential life program.
Demonstrated understanding of student development issues in a post-secondary environment.
Proven strong communication skills.
Must reside or relocate to close proximity to the campus for the benefit of emergency response.
This position requires a flexible schedule with an occasionally heavy load of evening and weekend commitments and 24/7 responses to crises, while maintaining a visible and predictable presence in the main office during a significant portion of the business hours. The successful candidate needs to regularly walk through all residential facilities for visibility to students and in order to hold professional staff accountable for quality of residential community atmosphere and facility upkeep at all times of the day and night. While performing the duties of this position, the employee may be required to access all floors and public areas of the residence halls. Reasons for floor access may include but are not limited to facility and safety inspections, emergency response, student policy violations and safety concerns, staff member observation, and availability and outreach to residents. In instances of emergencies, the Associate Director must be able to respond in a timely manner appropriate to the situation.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Housing and Residential Life provides a welcoming atmosphere that is student-focused and supportive. Students are provided with a safe space to express diversity and enjoy a culture of inclusiveness in which they are encouraged to achieve their academic and social potential at an urban, student-centered university. Through our process of engagement, residents emerge as civically minded citizens who are prepared to lead and positively impact their communities and beyond.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early or as soon as possible. This position is scheduled to be posted for 30 days however, after the minimum 7 day posting period, we reserve the right to close the posting if the number of applicants is sufficient.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.