Dowling Hall Area Director

St. Paul, MN
Oct 06, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of St. Thomas Department of Residence Life invites qualified candidates to apply for a Dowling Hall Area Director position within Student Affairs.

The Department of Residence Life, through intentional relationship building, provides an inclusive and supportive educational living environment where students develop the skills and knowledge to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The Department is a team of diverse and uniquely experienced professional staff, graduate hall directors, and student leaders who collaborate, support, challenge, and have fun together. This team approach extends to the larger division of Student Affairs and its partners, where collaborations are abundant with areas like Campus Life, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, Student Center, Dean of Students, Counseling, International Students & Scholars, Health and Wellness, and Center for the Common Good. Through Living Learning and Special Interest Communities, partnerships with faculty and academic affairs enhance the educational experience for residents.


Within this team and student-centered environment, the Dowling Area Director provides leadership and direction for an on-campus residential area housing approximately 500 students. This position serves as the primary administrator for Dowling Residence Hall and apartment buildings in the middle part of campus. The position also supervises a graduate hall director, and undergraduate student leaders. The Area Director creates a welcoming, inclusive and just community for residents of all identities and backgrounds. In addition, they foster a community conducive to academic achievement and personal growth. Responsibilities include supervision and training, planning and implementation of student programming, managing multiple living and learning communities in Dowling Hall, overseeing hall association, providing individual attention to students, managing student conduct processes, providing emergency response to on campus situations, and general administration. The Area Director will also be expected to participate in and chair residence life and/or divisional leadership committees and initiatives.

The Dowling Area Director is required to live in. This Area Director lives in and supervises an all women's hall; therefore, it is a bona fide requirement that all applicants identify as female.


    Hiring, Training and Supervision of Residence Life staff :
    Hire graduate staff and undergraduate student leaders for specified residence hall area. Orient, train and supervise a graduate hall director responsible for managing residence areas on campus, student resident advisors, an operations manager, and night access and desk employees. Assign, schedule and evaluate work of staff.
Responding to Student Behavioral Issues:
    Act as the initial hearing officer for student conduct matters regarding Dowling Residence Hall. Oversee conduct issues in two on-campus apartment buildings ensuring proper adjudication by residence life staff. Serve as a member of the Residence Life on Duty staff providing coverage for residence halls and apartments and the Student Center on the St. Paul campus on select weeks, including evenings and weekends.
Providing Direction for Student Programming and through Hall Association Advising:
    Create a learning environment within the residence environment that supports student growth in all areas of personal and community development. Responsible for advising Dowling Hall Association. Oversees the advising of all student groups in the assigned residence hall area. Ensure that all programs planned and implemented in the residence hall area conform to university policy and guidelines. Advise other recognized student organizations as needed.
Managing and Overseeing General Administration of a Residence Hall Area:
    Coordinate the completion of all administrative tasks associated with the effective and efficient operation of a residence hall area (e.g., check in and checkout process, Room Condition Report management, billing for damages, internal room changes, Room Management System utilization). Provide accurate and timely data for system reporting of occupancy, work orders, incident reports, and other procedural documentation.
Providing meaningful individual attention to students:
    Provide resources for guidance and support to students seeking assistance in resolving personal and or community-related conflicts. Refer students to campus and community resources. Respond to crisis situations involving either individual students or groups of students. Build relationships with student family members as appropriate.
Participation and leadership in residence life and student affairs committees and initiatives
    Participate on or lead on one or more leadership teams.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.


Minimum Qualifications:

This Area Director lives in an supervises an all women's hall; therefore, it is a bona fide requirement that all applicants identify as female. Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling, Education, or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in residence hall life. Preference to a master's degree in Leadership in Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education or related field.


Knowledge of: Codes and regulations related to the work; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; basic principles of behavior management; crisis intervention, counseling and mediation principles and techniques; computer applications related to the work; principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.

Skill in: Building supportive relationships with students and crisis intervention skills; interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws, codes and regulations; maintaining accurate records of work performed; understanding and following oral and written directions; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; dealing successfully with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; to sit, walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; to be mobile in a residence hall that may not be handicapped accessible; to frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.