Assistant Director of Residence Education (UCP 7)

Storrs, CT
Sep 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Assistant Director of Residence Education (UCP 7)
Job ID: 2018120
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

The Assistant Director of Residence Education (AD) supervises a staff of 4-6 professional Residence Hall Directors (HDs) and is responsible for a residential area of approximately 3000 beds, 65 Resident Assistants (RAs), and several graduate student Assistant Residence Hall Directors. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director of Residence Education and is a critical leader in Residence Education. The Assistant Director is primarily responsible for staff supervision and professional development, as well as administrative and managerial duties. The AD assesses, plans for, contributes to, and oversees the implementation and enhancement of student learning outside of the classroom through a wide range of programmatic opportunities, including learning communities and academic initiatives. The AD also works closely with colleagues from the Operations and Housing Services units of the department in providing a comprehensive and outstanding on-campus experience for students.

UConn has repeatedly been ranked the top public university in New England by U.S. News and World Report and is also ranked among the top public research institutions in the nation. Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut has 10 Schools and Colleges at its main campus in Storrs. The University of Connecticut is a Carnegie Foundation Research University-Extensive, Land Grant and Sea Grant College.

Residential Life plays a vital role in the success of the University of Connecticut and its students by providing quality facilities, personnel, services, and programs that contribute to the mission of the University. Our comprehensive, student-centered, residential program houses over 12,000 students. Over 70% of the undergraduate student population resides in university-managed housing. We offer our students an array of housing facilities and options to enhance their learning experience, including a variety of learning communities.


  1. Supervise, train, and evaluate full-time professional hall directors.
  2. Set performance goals with Hall Directors, including short- and long-term professional development plans.
  3. Provide on-going indirect supervision and mentoring of all levels of residence hall and clerical staff.
  4. Supervise staff programming and relationship development efforts in learning communities and special interests.
  5. Assist in the recruitment and hiring of professional staff positions.
  6. Collaborate in the development of the residence hall staff training program.

  1. Assist in coordinating student leadership and training programs.
  2. Responsible for overseeing the quality of advisement of hall council government within one's area.
  3. Coordinate and supervise educational, cultural and social events and programs in the residential areas.
  4. Coordinate hall staff contributions and relationships regarding learning communities and special interest housing within one's area.
  5. Utilize the community standards process to educate students of their responsibilities as community members and supervise charges' administration of community standards.
  6. Evaluate trends and develop plans to respond to resident and community needs.
  7. Assist staff in dealing with student concerns and parent inquiries.
  8. Instruct EPSY 3235 (RA class).

  1. Direct charges' professional development.
  2. Develop and attend professional development opportunities.
  3. Participate in national and regional professional organizations and activities.
  4. Maintain a healthy professional reading regimen.
  5. Remain aware of current best practices and trends regarding college student housing.

  1. Develop and implement area objectives to support unit and department goals, and assist in the development and formulation of department goals, policies, and procedures.
  2. Consistently and frequently tour areas of responsibility.
  3. Participate in the preparation and justification of financial plans, oversee area budgets and expenditures and promote fiscal integrity.
  4. Serve as a liaison with other university departments and constituents, including Dining Services, Health Services, Counseling and Mental Health, Community Standards, academic departments, and parents.
  5. Coordinate the implementation of Residential Life policies and procedures.
  6. Lead weekly staff meetings and other meetings as needed.
  7. Complete assigned administrative responsibilities, reports, and related tasks.
  8. Work closely with colleagues from Operations and Housing Services units in monitoring the residence hall physical facilities and coordinate seamless assignments processes.
  9. Assist in the coordination of unit-wide assignments, reports, and records.
  10. Chair and/or serve on unit, departmental, and university committees, as directed.
  11. Available to respond to campus emergencies.
  12. Other responsibilities as assigned.

  1. A Master's Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a related field.
  2. Three to five years' experience working in a residence hall program.
  3. Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  4. Ability to analyze complex issues and effectively plan and organize work.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  6. Experience in and awareness of the sensitivity required when interacting with, supervising, and addressing the needs of a diverse community.

  1. Experience supervising professional residence hall staff.
  2. Five to seven years' experience in higher education.
  3. Experience working in a large residence hall program.
  4. Current membership and/or active involvement in related professional organizations.


Salary is commensurate with experience and degree; consistent with the current bargaining agreement salary schedule. The Assistant Director is an UCP 7 position. The University offers outstanding health benefits and employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn.


Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references via UConn Jobs at, Staff Positions. Please identify in your cover letter Search #2018120 and ensure your application materials demonstrate how you meet the stated minimum qualifications and any of the preferred qualifications you may also possess. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018120)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on October 13, 2017.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations


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