Assistant Director of Residential Communities

Mar 07, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Basic Functions: Collaborate with professional and student staff in supporting and facilitating the development of welcoming and engaging residential communities, intentionally blending in the marquee strengths of the college: leadership development, creative problem solving, civic engagement, and the embrace of diversity. Provide formative supervision and support to undergraduate Head Residents, and indirectly supervises Resident Assistants via our intentional community development model, participates in our on-call rotation to support student well-being and serves as a conduct educator.

Essential Job Functions: * Serve as a member of a team-oriented Residential Communities professional team. * Collaborate with the department in the continued development and advancement of an engaging approach to community development and education based on Denison's mission, leadership principles, civic engagement, creative problem solving and elements of personal and academic well-being. * Engage proactively with paraprofessional staff and residents to build vibrant, inclusive communities, employing innovative ideas and approaches. * Evaluate and assess programs, services and curricula to match the mission of the college, vision of the department and learning objectives. * Excel in supervising and training paraprofessional staff, prioritizing community development, inclusion and well-being skills and mindsets first. * Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at university events; work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor and support dynamic needs. * Coordinate and design programmatic and other co-curricular initiatives (grounded in civic engagement, leadership development and creative problem solving, and diversity), managing the assigned program budget and maintain records. * Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and parents; and communicate regularly with these partners. * Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies. * Serve as a university conduct educator, resolving student conduct matters utilizing an educational framework and restorative justice principles. * Participate in the professional on-call rotations for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on-call response and report maintenance concerns. Facilitate educational meetings with students; encourage conflict resolution through mediation meetings and counsel and refer students as appropriate. Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or other related advanced degree. Previous professional or graduate level experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs. Ability to work with diverse groups of people. Strong interpersonal and communication skills. An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges. Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy. Ability to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend work hours. This is a live-on position that includes a 2-bedroom apartment within the residential community.

Preferred Qualifications: Proven experience with leadership development, civic engagement and community building. Competencies: * Relational leader with exceptional interpersonal skills. * Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions. * Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and take initiative. * Collaboratively focused professional with demonstrated capacity as a fair and respectful leader, and proven ability to provide effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff. * Strong desire to build relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners. * Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to engage in one-on-one and in public forum. * Demonstrated experience in student development, student involvement, leadership development, housing, residential education, or restorative conduct processes. * Commitment to inclusion and desire to work with diverse groups of people. * Competence in fulfilling administrative duties and managing systems. * Background in working with small teams to accomplish tasks and meet stated goals and objectives. * Positive attitude. * A propensity for innovation and creative problem-solving. An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges.

Salary: Competitive