Assistant Director - Residence Life

Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northeastern University

Assistant Director - Residence Life

Requisition Number: STFR004078

Division/College: Residential Life

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time


The Assistant Director serves as a member of the departmental management team and shares in the leadership, support, and assistance to residence hall staff. They will supervise 1 full-time Area Coordinator, 2 full-time Residence Directors, and up to 55 Resident Assistants.

This position will be responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of all student staff. They will manage the recruitment and selection of staff by advertising positions, collecting and reviewing applications, creating substantive interview and group processes, and identifying candidates who can be successful in the role. This person will also responsible for the training and development of all student staff in the department. He/She will create a comprehensive training program to acquaint new staff with the workings of our department and provide updated training for all returning and new staff members. This person is charged with providing continued development opportunities for all staff throughout the year. This person is also responsible for managing the appraisal process of all student staff during the academic year. Additionally, this person is charged with overseeing the recognition efforts for Resident Assistant appreciation as well as the End of the Year Residential Life Banquet.

This position will oversee all leadership development. They will serve as an advisor for the Resident Student Association and National Residence Hall Honorary Executive Boards with the goal of advancing the leadership capacity of these students as well as the goals of the Department of Residential Life. This person will ensure leadership work reflects the themes and literacies of the Division of Student Affairs and the goals of the institution. They will work with other divisional leadership program managers to ensure consistent application of divisional leadership competencies. The successful candidate will attend all RSA meetings, programs and events and participate in internal and external conferences. This person will work closely with the financial and program advisor for RSA to ensure all advisors are working cohesively together.

The AD will assist in the development of departmental policy and decision-making functions for the achievement of departmental goals and objectives.

This position will work to clarify and resolve student/parent complaints with departmental policies, procedures, and directives.

The AD will assist residence hall staff with student development, violations of community standards, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and mediation.

This person will be charged with coordination and implementation of departmental decisions and directives.

This successful candidate is expected to balance job demands with the need to collaborate with university and community colleagues to enhance the department and one's own professional development.

This staff member will participate in an on call duty rotation.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.


• Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education administration, or related field.
• Four to six years in residence hall administration, including experience as a live-in staff member.
• Experience preferred in supervising professional residence hall staff.
• Effective supervision, administrative, organization, written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and application of student development theory in a residence hall setting.
• Strong decision making skills.
• Experience working autonomously and ability to exercise excellent judgment in outlined areas of responsibility
• Experience and desire to work with and address the needs of a diverse student community.
• Demonstrated organizational and leadership abilities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience with computer applications and using social media platforms as a tool for developing community.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Background Check is required for this position.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.


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