Job description


The position of Director of Residence Life (DRL) is a 12-month live-out position that reports to the Director of Student Life. The DRL provides leadership for the overall management and operations related to our 475 student resident hall. The DRL has responsibility for supervision of the professional staff, student staff members, and when necessary serves in the on-call rotation. The responsibilities of the DRL are:
  • Direct operation of the residence life office and Conklin Hall
  • Oversee all professional and paraprofessional staff recruitment, selection and hiring
  • Administer and write evaluations of staff
  • Manage the residential programing and orientation budget
  • Collaborate with campus stakeholders in supporting strategic goals, promoting student safety and development, and conducting assessment and evaluation of programs.
  • Manage the on-call coverage and crisis management plans
  • Foster open and positive communication with various departments to include Housekeeping, Plant Operations, and Campus Safety.
  • Assist with the adjudicating conduct cases as directed by the Office of Conduct and Community Standards.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the housing selection process.
  • Provide Behavioral Assessment Team follow-up assignments and assist BAT in various protocols included in the College's Crisis/Emergency Management Plan.
  • Assist in collection and analysis of data related to residence life and housing.
  • Coordinate programming efforts including training and maintaining regular program reports.
  • Participate in routine reviews and updates of the website, policies and publications.
  • Partner with Campus Safety on fire safety educational efforts and training to include fire drills.
  • Participate in the professional staff on-call rotation including nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Provide interventions and support students through emergency situations, mental health and medical incidents, roommate conflicts, and conduct concerns.
  • Coordinate with the Dutchess Community College Association business office to refund housing deposits, bill sanction fines, and collect housing application fees.
  • Facilitate housing application and housing assignment process.
  • Oversee and provide leadership for the implementation of fall, spring and summer check-in and check-out processes including room condition form completion, residential student exit survey, and information packets.
  • Work with the Director of Student Life to create and manage the residential student orientations.
  • Manage and maintain up-to-date website content, maintain a consistent social media presence, and collaborate with Public Relations and Admissions to create and implement housing promotional and recruitment materials.
  • Revise and maintain residential publications.
  • Serve as the liaison and collaborate with departments to establish housing business processes and deadlines.
  • Monitor reports of students indicating the need for reasonable accommodations and collaborate with Accommodative Services to confirm that students have housing accommodations.
  • Collaborate with Coordinator of Campus Events to create and implement a marketing/communication plan to ensure residential students are aware of their meal plan balances.
  • Prepare monthly and annual reports regarding student academic progress, residential student retention, meal plans, housing occupancy totals, and housing operations.
  • Serve on college committees including conduct hearing committees.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Student Life to create a comprehensive student leader training.
  • Provide guidance and coach students, both individually and in groups, concerning academic, social, and personal problems.
  • Work with the Director of Student Life to create and manage the residential student orientations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

It is important to recognize that the demands of a residence life position are different from other jobs. The following events/time periods are mandatory and offer less time flexibility than usual weeks:
  • Late July/August Professional Staff and Student Staff Training
  • Hall Opening/Closing
  • Winter Break
  • Paraprofessional Staff Selection
  • January Professional Staff and Student Staff Training
  • Thanksgiving, Spring Break, and Winter Break Closing

The Director of Residence Life is considered an essential employee of the Association and may be required to work in order to provide essential services for students when other staff cannot. This may include official college closing due to extreme weather or other emergencies, and when other professional staff members may not be able to be on campus.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general level of work performed by the employee. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications
Required: Master's Degree; 3-5 years of professional residential experience in a college setting; 2-5 years of on-call rotation experience; time management; managing a budget, and supervision of full time staff. Ability to integrate student development theories and practice into work. Proficiency in computer skills including MS Word, Excel, databases, electronic communication, computer and standard office equipment.

Preferred: Experience with housing software systems and community college housing, web based applications, specifically in the “housing module” in the Datatel College Software System.
  • Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education and employment screening.
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with building collaborative institutional relationships, administering student conduct proceedings, a commitment to professional development, exceptional communication skills, and a commitment to inclusion.

The compensation for this 12-month live-in position includes:
  • Salary Range: mid $50s based on education and experience
  • Benefits including health and dental insurance; retirement
  • Campus parking

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As part of the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country and a winner of the 2015 HEED Award for inclusiveness, Dutchess Community College is dedicated to nurturing communities, respecting individuality and embracing diversity. The College has twice earned the Poughkeepsie Journal's Richard K. Wager Workplace Diversity Award, and encourages applications from minorities, veterans, the disabled and all others (AA/EOE).





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Posted: 3/29/2018
Application Due: 5/28/2018
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