Assistant Director for Residential Life 497878

Feb 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director for Residential Life 497878

Position Type: Staff

Position Number: 497878

Department: CV Operations

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Assistant Director for Residential Life position is a 12-month live-in position, which reports to the Director of Residence Life as an essential member of the central staff of the Office of Residence Life and is chiefly responsible for facilitating all aspects of departmental student Resident Assistant staff selection, training, and ongoing development and supervises three fulltime Residence Directors. Additionally, the AD for Residential Life delivers a comprehensive residential experience to residents of a 500-bed residence hall on the campus of Lamar University. This includes direct supervision of a student staff of Resident Assistants and Desk Assistants; planning and executing quality residence hall programming; promoting community interaction and student engagement; advising hall council; adjudicating student conduct cases; and responding to emergency and crisis situations.

Staff Supervision:
Supervise, train, and provide guidance for three full-time live-in entry-level Residence Director staff members.
Directly supervise, train, and motivate a staff of 8 Resident Assistants and 5 Desk Assistants.
Coordinate weekly staff meetings with RAs at which information is communicated, ongoing training is offered, and team-building opportunities are provided.
Make clear your expectations of your student staff and hold them accountable through periodic staff evaluations and plans for continuous improvement.
Build a professional, knowledgeable, and responsive front office staff who are charged with being the faces and the voices of the Office of Residence Life.
Conduct weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with RAs.
Oversee the Programming & Residence Education Committee, which is chaired by one or more Residence Directors.

Staff Selection & Development:
Chair the Staff Selection Committee, which is charged with recruiting and selecting motivated student leaders to fill Resident Assistant and Desk Assistant positions. Specifically, the duties of the committee include the following:
o Implement creative marketing strategies to maximize applicant pool
o Plan and coordinate group and individual interview processes, including both new and re-hire processes.
o Work collaboratively with the RD of each hall on staffing for each semester.

Chair the Staff Training & Development Committee, which is charged with finding creative and engaging ways to make residence hall staff members competent to carry out the duties. Specifically, the duties of the committee include the following:
o Planning Fall and Spring pre-service RA training.
o Planning the Fall staff retreat.
o Planning six annual in-service trainings (September, October, November, February, March, and April) to provide ongoing training and development for RA staff.
o Establish and assess learning outcomes for each training event/activity in support of the Mission of the Office of Residence Life.
o Implementation of engaging and effective best practices within the field for RA training and development.
o Processing each semester RA evaluations, and providing a concise report to the Staff Selection Committee for the re-hire process.

Community Development:
Monitor and provide support and guidance in the implementation of a programming model put forth by the Office of Residence Life.
Support the mission of the Office of Residence Life through purposeful, student-centered programming initiatives.
Attend programs and events, maintaining visibility throughout the hall community.
Create a culture of care by conducting ongoing risk assessments of residential students of concern, reporting issues and information to the CARE team.
Support the academic mission of Lamar University.
Adjudicate first-level student conduct cases as designated by the Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life.
Create and maintain an environment conducive to diversity, inclusiveness, and respect.
Empower RA staff to mediate roommate conflicts, serving as a resource in the establishment of roommate contract agreements to help effectively resolve conflict.
Advise Hall Council.

Administration/Hall Operations:
Facilitate the move-in, move-out, and room change processes.
Monitor and maintain an in-hall RA duty rotation system.
Maintain an accurate roster of residents that is up-to-date at all times, coordinating occupancy verifications monthly.
Process paperwork in a timely manner in accordance with all policies and procedures.
Issue violation notices and fine letters for housing and handbook violations.
Create and manage the work schedules of RAs and DAs to maintain office/desk coverage.
Meet one-on-one weekly with Director of Residence Life and attend departmental staff members.
Oversee the management of a programming budget.
Coordinate hall openings and closings.
Coordinate monthly health and wellness inspections.

Facilities Management/Summer Responsibilities:
Conducting thorough room-to-room summer maintenance inspections, maintaining an accurate, working knowledge of room statuses throughout the summer
Inputting work orders into a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
Maintain open lines of communication with Facilities Management staff
Conduct fire drills in conjunction with Risk Management

Other Duties/Responsibilities:
Serve on an a professional and para-professional 24-hour on-call rotation for emergency situations that arise after-hours, weekends, including some holidays
Develop and implement policies and procedures in collaboration with the Director of Residence Life
Serve on various committees as requested or approved by the Director of Residence Life
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life

$40,000 annual salary
Health insurance and other benefits as an employee of the State of Texas
Furnished two-bedroom apartment with full kitchen, washer/dryer, and utilities/cable/internet included
Meal plan for fall, spring, and summer semesters
Opportunities for professional development, including conference travel

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or related field.
Two years full-time professional experience in working in a Housing and/or Residence Life program in higher education.
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and similar programs.
Commitment to diversity, promoting inclusivity, and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
Must meet the physical requirements of the position, which will include the ability to move between and within the residence hall community and possible lifting of up to 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:
3 years of full-time professional experience in working in a Housing and/or Residence Life program in higher education.
Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a diverse staff.
Experience in residence hall staff training, selection, and on-going development.
Marketing/advertising, budgeting, and crisis response experience.
Knowledge of student development theory and experience applying theory to practice.
Experience with creative problem solving and confidence when resolving complex issues.

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas SB 805, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary: Commensurate

Work Hours:

Posting Date: 02/21/2017

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

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Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.


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