Assistant Director of Residence Life

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

68676 CSL-Residence Halls & Commons

About the Unit
The University of Chicago is one of the nation's leading institutions of higher education and research. Campus and Student Life (CSL) is a division comprised of 20 departments that serve the University's 16,000 college, graduate, and professional school students, as well as the campus community more broadly. CSL is importantly charged with the dual task of supporting all students in the University, graduate and undergraduate, and managing multiple campus departments and services that serve the entire campus community. CSL's programs and services focus on supporting student academic success, providing opportunities for personal growth and leadership development, developing community and engagement through the residential housing and dining program, and in areas such as artistic expression, community service, spiritual exploration, and athletic competition. The University of Chicago community includes approximately 6,000 undergraduates and 10,000 graduate, professional, and other students and there are over 300 recognized student organizations working together to create a vibrant and dynamic student life. The core mission of Housing & Residence Life is to help develop and support inclusive communities that engage residents in exceptional living experiences within secure and well-maintained environments that foster a sense of belonging and support the academic initiatives of the University. The primary strategy for the delivery of such an environment is through a residence life program that which aims to develop strong residential communities that are self-regulating, supportive of academic success; provide a strong sense of belonging, and rich opportunities for personal, cultural, social and intellectual development. The leadership of residential faculty and adult staff in fostering these experiences is key to the success of the mission.

Job Information

Job Summary:

  • Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Residence Life in Housing & Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life has two major areas of responsibility: direct oversight and liaison with a portion of the residence hall communities, central office administrative, and program management responsibilities.
  • Assistant Directors serve in the AD on Call duty rotation working directly with Resident Heads to support the 3400 undergraduate students that live in the House system. Assistant Directors also have the option of serving as Deans on Call (DOC) in the University DOC system, working directly with University police and medical and mental health professionals.
  • The typical work week is M-F with routine requirements for evening and weekend work. In addition, the Assistant Director must adhere to Campus and Student Life core values, including, but not limited to student development, customer service, collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness, credibility, responsiveness, quality, accountability, and mutual respect.

  • The Assistant Director (AD) supervises the paraprofessional staff in one or two residence halls, including Resident Heads and Resident Assistants, works closely with the resident staff as well as student leaders to plan programs and build strong and engaged residential communities at both the House and Hall level.
  • Responsible for reviewing residence hall policies and procedures as well as overseeing their implementation and enforcement; plans and conducts regular staff meetings, including night time and weekend meetings and serves as the Housing & Residence Life office liaison to the Hall councils.
  • In partnership with the Resident Heads, the AD coordinates and manages the counseling and discipline of residents, serves as the point of escalation for student emergencies and discipline issues for their respective communities and responds to parent inquiries serving as the initial point of contact for parents when student issues arise involving discipline, illness, or injury.
  • Attends various programs sponsored by Resident Deans, Resident Heads, and councils; works with Residence Hall Managers to resolve and communicate building facility issues; and coordinates community-specific programs and services provided by other campus offices.
  • Serves on committees convened to review issues of importance to the Houses and assists in the formulation and review of Housing & Residence Life policies and procedures.
  • Serves in an AD on Call duty rotation.
  • Plans and implements the staff training program including pre-term and in-service programs. Conducts annual review and publication of resident staff manual and other materials related to resident staff support.
  • Manages Resident Head and Resident Assistant staff selection and evaluation.
  • Coordinates disciplinary review process for students in their communities. Meets regularly with service delivery and operations staff in Housing & Residence Life.
  • Responsible for budgetary oversight (create and manage budgets and expenses) for the programs the AD directly oversees. Provide financial counseling and advising to the RHs and House Councils.

  • Display Courage & Conviction
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration
  • Demonstrate Strategic Agility
  • Communicate Effectively & With Influence
  • Ensure Decision Quality, Accountability & Drive Results

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Master's Degree required

  • A minimum of three years of professional live-in work experience in student housing
  • Experience supervising, training and evaluating the work of others.
  • Preferred: Experience supervising graduate level and/or professional level staff.
  • Preferred: Experience working with faculty.
  • Preferred: Experience coordinating academic based programs in a residential setting.

Technical Knowlege or Skills:
  • Familiarity with Maxient or other conduct systems as well as a housing database software (Star Rez) a plus.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to function in a 24-hour on-call environment and maintain productivity.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application


This position requires the willingness and ability to live full time in a residence hall. Assistant Director staff are required to live in the residence halls, and may do so with or without a spouse or significant other and their respective children.

( Optional ) Dean on Call Duty Rotation: Responds to serious incidents involving University students as 'Dean on Call'. The incidents may include, but are not limited to such things as medical or psychiatric emergencies, arrests, suicide attempts, situations in which students are victims of crimes to person or property, and disruptions involving students. Works closely with University Police, The College, Housing & Residence Life, hospital staff, mental health professionals, and various academic and administrative offices. Resolves student problems, and where necessary, may help formulate an official University administrative response. The on-call period is for one week at a time. All who choose to serve in the Dean on Call rotation are paid for their service.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Job is Exempt?

Drug Test Required?

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?

Health Screen Required?

Posting Date

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Full time

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Job No:
Posted: 4/6/2018
Application Due: 6/5/2018
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