Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Residence Life in Housing & Residence Life, the Senior Assistant Director of Residence Life has three major areas of responsibility: working with the Resident Dean Program and supervising the program manager to aid in the planning, implementation, and management of Resident Dean programs and finances, to develop and implement a comprehensive recruitment and selection process for Resident Heads and provide leadership, oversight and guidance for RA recruitment and selection, as well as the training for all areas in Residence Life for all staff. The Senior Assistant Director will work directly with the Assistant Directors of Residence Life in planning and in implementing training modules for fall start up and throughout the academic year. The Senior Assistant Director will serve in the AD on Call duty rotation working directly with Resident Heads to support the 3500 undergraduate students that live in the House system. The typical work week is M-F with some requirements for evening and weekend work. In addition, the Senior Assistant Director must adhere to Campus and Student Life core values, including, but not limited to student development, customer service, collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness, credibility, responsiveness, quality, accountability, and mutual respect.
Specifically, the Senior Assistant Director of Residence Life (Sr. ADRL) supervises the program manager who administratively supports the Resident Deans and their activities and will provide leadership by working directly with the Resident Deans on strategic planning, hall governance, financial accountability and reconciliation of the more than $500k spent on Resident Dean programming annually.
The Sr. ADRL will also work with the Executive Director to refine the onboarding and training of new Resident Deans.
The Sr. ADRL is responsible for redeveloping the current Resident Head recruitment model in order to increase and diversify the applicant pool and will serve as the primary point of contact in coordinating all aspects of the interview and hiring process for HRL.
The Sr. ADRL will work with, and take a leadership role with the AD team in developing and executing the RA recruitment and hiring process, and will be responsible for all CSL HR processes to ensure RAs are eligible for work and added to the payroll systems.
The Sr. ADRL will also be responsible for working with CSL HR ensuring timely payment for RAs, RDAs, and RHs throughout the academic year.
The Sr. ADRL serves in the AD on Call duty rotation.
The Sr. ADRL serves as a representative of Housing & Residence Life to various academic and administrative offices and committees within the University.
Central office administrative responsibilities: Jointly oversees the planning and implementation of the staff training program including pre-term and in-service programs.
Conducts annual review and publication of resident staff manual, Resident Dean manual, and other materials related to resident staff support.
Manages Resident Head and Resident Assistant staff selection and evaluation.
Meets regularly with service delivery and operations staff in Housing & Residence Life.
Responsible for budgetary reconciliation for the programs the Resident Dean directly oversees including Hall Council.
Provide financial counseling and advising to the RDs and RDAs.
Serves, as needed, on committees of staff and/or students convened to review issues of importance to Housing & Residence Life. Serves as department liaison to at least one other campus partner office.
Assists in the formulation and review of Housing & Residence Life policies and procedures.
Assists in the writing of various publications and web-based materials.
Serves as a Housing & Residence Life representative to various academic and administrative offices and committees within the University.
(Optional) Dean on Call Duty Rotation: Responds to serious incidents involving University students as 'Dean on Call'. The incidents may include, but are not limited to such things as medical or psychiatric emergencies, arrests, suicide attempts, situations in which students are victims of crimes to person or property, and disruptions involving students.
Works closely with University Police, The College, Housing & Residence Life, hospital staff, mental health professionals, and various academic and administrative offices.
Resolves student problems, and where necessary, may help formulate an official University administrative response.
The on-call period is for one week at a time.
All who choose to serve in the Dean on Call rotation are paid for their service.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree required.
Masterâ™s Degree in Student Affairs or Higher Education strongly preferred.
A minimum of five years of professional live-in work experience in student housing required.
Proven record of successful partnerships with residential faculty required.
Demonstrated understanding of the developmental objectives of the college student residential environment required.
Crisis management response and oversight skills required.
Demonstrated ability to supervise, train and evaluate the work of others required.
Ability to remain organized and productive in high demand periods required.
Ability to remain calm and productive while interacting with individuals displaying intense emotions required.
Ability to respond promptly, directly, and effectively to internal and external inquiries and requests for service while managing competing demands required.
Ability to work productively with a diverse range of students, residential staff and faculty, and managers across the campus required.
Ability to function in a 24-hour on-call environment and maintain productivity required.
Ability to give and receive feedback constructively required.
Flexibility and the ability to adjust to unpredictable circumstances required.
A sense of humor required.
Familiarity with Maxient or other conduct systems as well as a housing database software (Star Rez) preferred.
Experience supervising graduate level and/or professional level staff preferred.
Experience coordinating academic based programs in a residential setting preferred.
The typical work week is M-F with routine requirements for evening and weekend work.
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