First Year Experience Community Director

Feb 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

First Year Experience Community Director
University of San Diego

Department: Residential Life
Job IRC#22776

Job Description:

The First Year Experience Community Director (CD) oversees a dynamic living-learning environment for first-year students and assists in the administration and management of the overall university residence life program housing approximately 2600 students. The Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at USD consists of themes linked to related first-year core curriculum courses that are limited to 18 first-year students and taught by a full-time faculty member. LLCs are centered on broad-based liberal arts themes such as sustainability and social justice.

The CD provides 24 hour a day oversight of a specific residence life area housing from 270 – 325 students, and is the director of one or two themes by area. The CD provides first-line crisis intervention and is the first responder for emergency situations. The CD enforces area policies, fosters individual growth and personal development of RAs residents and Hall Council members. The CD collaborates with Public Safety, the Wellness division, University Ministry, the LLC Office, including the Faculty Integration Coordinator (FIC), Fall and Spring LLC Faculty and Scholastic Assistants (SAs).

The Community Director selects, trains and supervises the Resident Assistants and works with other staff in their residential area, including at least one Resident Minister. This position ensures quality service at a residence hall desk, supports the residential student summer program, advises a hall council, and supports the comprehensive University wide OLE!, and other first year experience initiatives. This position reports to the Associate Director of Residential Life for First Year Experience housing and receives general direction from the Residential Life Leadership Team. This position exercises close supervision of 8 – 12 Resident Assistants, including 1-2 Facilitating RAs (FRAs).

Examples of Work:
	•	Living Learning Communities
	•	Staff Supervision, Selection, and Professional Development
	•	Counseling and Crisis Intervention
	•	Community Standards/Conduct
	•	Housing Operations/Administration and property management of Residential Area

Minimum Qualifications
	•	Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree in student development, counseling or related area strongly preferred. Advanced degree can be counted towards experience requirement, substituting for one year of experience.
	•	Equivalent of two academic years' experience in Residential Life or a highly relatable student affairs experience with transferrable skills. Experience as a Resident Assistant or Community Director/Resident Director strongly preferred.
	•	Experience with advising student groups.

Skills & Knowledge:
	•	Know and direct compliance with all USD Residential Life and University policies and procedures.
	•	Be able to advise students as necessary and refer them to the University Counseling Center as appropriate.
	•	Be able to maintain confidentiality and comply with FERPA standards; refrain from, and discourage the discussion of, confidential information.
	•	Work collaboratively with a variety of constituencies from diverse backgrounds.
	•	Possess strong writing abilities.
	•	Possess strong organizational skills.
	•	Ability to appraise the quality/condition of residential life.
	•	Maintain a positive, effective and mutually supportive working relationship with all University departments.
	•	Work effectively with off-campus city and law enforcement officials and USD Department of Public Safety.

Special Conditions of Employment
	•	The Community Director has 24-hour on-call responsibilities, is expected to live in USD housing and must be able to work nights and weekends.
	•	Community Directors are compensated for 11 months of work paid over 12 months and are scheduled for one month away split between January and June (with supervisor approval).
	•	Renewable on an annual basis for 3 years, with a 4-year negotiable.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: $3,626.67 monthly plus $700 monthly housing benefit; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 40 per week; usual work hours 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., some nights and weekends required.

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus.For more information,

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