Assistant Director, Residential New Student Programs
May 12, 2018
Ithaca, New York
Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal development. 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.
As a key team member for Campus and Community Engagement (CCE) team, you would work together with colleagues to further the educational mission of Cornell while preparing students to become culturally competent, contributing community members. At CCE we provide a welcoming and inclusive community that respects the individual while promoting community values. We are dedicated to helping students thrive in all stages of their Cornell career through student organization involvement, living and learning opportunities, and a multitude of leadership and engagement experiences.
An upcoming major priority for CCE is the overall residential experience that includes the North Campus Residential Expansion. This project, scheduled to break ground within the year, will add an additional 2,000 beds to the on-campus portfolio generating a more community based approach to sophomore living.
Reporting to the Director of Residential and New Student Programs within CCE, the Assistant Director supervises RHDs in several residence halls and directs the work of staff to accomplish an exceptional, integrated living/learning experience for undergraduates in Cornell's North Campus and Collegetown communities.
In this role you will:
Assist in the overall programmatic aspect for these communities while serving as an advocate for academic inquiry and intellectual development, a proponent of student development theory, and a champion of diversity and inclusion for residential students.
Working together with other colleagues to further the educational mission of Cornell while preparing students to become culturally competent, contributing community members.
As educators, Cornell is committed to helping students live a fulfilling, meaningful, and engaging life by promoting personal responsibility, ethical action, and civility while supporting the educational community.
Success factors in this role include:
Strong leadership, in both vision and the ability to organize others through implementation.
Previous experience in supervising and developing professional staff at the resident hall director level is necessary, with significant experience in professional career development.
Experience working effectively with student governance groups and significant experience working collaboratively and successfully with faculty are essential.
Proven success in persuading others, adapting communication to various audiences, and facilitating presentations is required.
Comfort with a decentralized institution and solid experience with building and maintaining both broad and deep relationships with key stakeholders that support the health and well-being of students is necessary.
A deep understanding of the educational value of a diverse community, coupled with a demonstrated record of accomplishment advancing diversity and enhancing inclusiveness are required.
Bachelor's degree with 3-5 years' of supervisory residential experience in higher education or equivalent combination. Masters' preferred.
Proven skills as a decisive leader and manager; demonstrated ability to mentor, develop, and support staff; and documented success overseeing people, budgets, and space are required.
Knowledge and advocacy of student development theory, restorative justice, social justice, Title IX, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the standards of due process and student affairs trends in higher education is required.
Knowledge and appreciation for the unique benefits of themed program houses is expected.
University Job Title:
Associate Director Residential Life
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