Assistant Director of Residential Education - School of Arts and Sciences-18001655

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Assistant Director of Residential Education - School of Arts and Sciences-18001655

The Office of Residential Life & Learning supports dynamic co-curricular learning and engagement for all undergraduate and graduate students living on campus within the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the SMFA at Tufts. It partners closely with colleagues across the Division of Student Affairs and with other AS&E and University-wide departments (including Health and Wellness, Community Relations, Campus Police, Facilities, University Counsel, Undergraduate Education, and the University Chaplaincy) on a wide variety of campus programs and initiatives. More specifically the department develops programs and policies that foster community, promote citizenship and provides students with a residential experience that is a significant component of their education at Tufts.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Residential Education, the Assistant Director of Residential Life provides leadership in building vibrant, co-curricular living communities designed to facilitate students’ personal, social and intellectual development. The Assistant Director is a full-time staff member who lives off-campus and works with diverse groups of students, staff and faculty in a highly selective and competitive academic environment.

This position serves as a vital connection between students, the Office of Residential Life & Learning and the broader Division of Student Affairs at Tufts. The Assistant Director will be responsible for assisting with recruitment, selection, training development, day-to-day work direction, and holistic growth of the First Year Assistants (FYA) and the Community Development Assistants (CDA) student staff. This includes helping FYAs and CDAs with conflict mediation, mentoring, and organizing developmentally appropriate programs that promote student engagement, academic curiosity and identity development. The Assistant Director also supports the management of residential facilities and other operational needs of all Tufts’ on-campus living spaces in close partnership with the Associate Director of Housing Operations.

The Assistant Director of Residential Life will support undergraduates in residence, including the University’s Special Theme Housing system, by 1) drawing on leadership and student development theories 2) providing coordination across several residential areas 3) working with student and professional staff to resolve conflicts arising in the residence halls 4) promulgating and upholding community standards through the Student Judicial Process 5) addressing routine facility concerns 6) quickly escalating complex interpersonal and climate concerns to appropriate team members 7) addressing the needs and concerns of students from diverse backgrounds 8) assisting in the management of Residential Life operational functions and first-year orientation 9) assisting with crisis intervention 10) serving as a member of the on-call rotation 11) maintaining effective and discreet communication with leaders in the Division of Student Affairs.

The Assistant Director will also take on special projects and other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Residential Education and Director of Residential Life. Professional growth opportunities can be crafted through involvement, management, execution and implementation of special interest projects.
Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 2-3 years of progressively responsible relevant experience supporting student growth, residential life, student life and/or student affairs, including administering individual student conduct decisions, supporting students in difficulty, and/or designing initiatives to promote dynamic co-curricular student engagement.
  • Familiarity with student development theory and knowledge of best practices in student affairs administration at selective colleges and universities.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment/decision making and strong organization skills.
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with attention to detail and consistency; demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and within a team.
  • Strong computer skills; advanced knowledge of Microsoft office suite.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in applicable field such as higher education or student development is a plus.
  • An understanding of the needs of first generation students and those from various socio-economic backgrounds, and commitment to social justice.
  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution and mediation, sensitivity and flexibility in dealing with problems and situations.
  • Demonstrated effective supervisory, communication, and interpersonal skills.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Job: Student Services
Organization: Residential Life & Learning
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 4, 2018, 7:49:49 AM





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Posted: 12/5/2018
Application Due: 12/20/2018
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