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Associate Director, Residential Life

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
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Jul 13, 2021

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Reporting to the Director of Residential Life, the Associate Director for Residential Learning serves as a member of the Residential Life leadership team and is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and guidance for the coordination and implementation of multiple aspects of the comprehensive residential life program. The Associate Director has responsibilities related to student learning and engagement, student behavior and incident response, administrative and project management tasks, assessment and strategic planning, and other general functions for students within all residential communities.  These responsibilities also support UHRL and DoSA, and their shared commitment to student success.  This position requires frequent and meaningful interaction with residential students, parents/families, faculty, administrators, and community partners.  

The Associate Director directly supervises three (3) Assistant Directors, supporting Academic Initiatives and Student Engagement, Student Behavior, and Student Leadership, Diversity/Inclusion, and Assessment.  Indirectly supervises residence hall professional and student staff and student leaders within Residential Life. Directs, oversees and assesses the residential curriculum and student engagement efforts for all residential populations, living learning communities and special interest populations that enhance the student experience, further program development and support university retention; ensure infusion of the residential curriculum throughout all policies, procedures, operations and training within Residential Life. Leads the development of academic initiatives in the residence halls, including living learning communities, tutoring, and academic support services. Collaborates with faculty and academic partners in the creation and development of new Living Learning Communities. Serves in an on-call capacity and responds to student behavior issues as needed. Performs other duties as assigned.

Temple’s University Housing & Residential Life (UHRL) serves a diverse domestic and international undergraduate and graduate student population of approximately 5,000 in residence hall and apartment communities.  The work of UHRL’s Residential Life pillar is grounded in student development theory that supports the mission of the Division of Student Affairs (DoSA) and Temple University. All staff are expected to contribute to a positive university experience for every student, and are accountable to all DoSA Values. The DoSA values are Excellence, Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity, and Respect. 

Residential Life utilizes a residential curricular approach to cultivate responsible community members by developing inclusive living and learning environments. Through this framework, a defined set of learning goals and outcomes guide the team to stay focused on the established Educational Priority: “As a result of living on campus at Temple University, residents will responsibly impact communities.” 

The Associate Director position is a full-time, 12-month, live-off appointment.  

Required Education and Experience:
•Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or closely related field. 
•At least six years progressive, post-Masters live-in professional experience in residential life and central housing operations. 
•Experience coordinating and/or developing academic initiatives in residence halls, including living learning communities, tutoring efforts, and academic support services. 
•Experience with assessment, including the measurement of retention, student success, and satisfaction. 
•Experience supervising, developing, mentoring, and motivating a large and diverse professional and student staff team. 
•Experience as a university hearing officer and knowledge of due process. 
•Experience in building collaborative partnerships with faculty, administrators, students, parents/families, and community partners. Experience working with diverse populations. 
•An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
•Familiarity with leadership development and inclusion models and application for residence halls.
•Knowledge of student behavioral interventions, including conflict resolution, safety initiatives, and civility education.
•Demonstrated crisis management skills, including problem-solving and critical thinking.
•Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
•Applied understanding of student development theory, including the impact of residential life on student success.
•Knowledge of fiscal management competencies and demonstrated experience in fiscal management.
•Ability to manage multiple collaborative projects and systems in a fast-paced environment.
•Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently and efficiently. 
•Strong interpersonal, leadership, oral, and written communication skills.
•Must live within one hour of campus for on-call responsibilities, and be able to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

•Experience with the development of policies, programs, and protocols/standard operating procedures.  

This position requires a background check.

Please note this position will temporarily work remotely. The duration of remote work will be at the discretion of Temple University and the department.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University’s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.


Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-1910 Liacouras Walk
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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