Assistant Director Residence Life

Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319

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Job DetailsJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAPosition Type Full-Time StaffEducation Level Graduate Degree PreferredJob Category Education Oglethorpe University seeks a dynamic and influential leader to serve as our Assistant Director for Residence Life. Reporting to the Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life will assist in the supervision of the Office of Residence Life, including direct oversight for the development of intentional programming to assist our Stormy Petrels to find to find their sense of mattering, belonging and purpose in order to achieve the institutions motto to Make a Life. Make a Living. Make a Difference.

The Assistant Director of Residence Life is a full-time, exempt position. The position oversees multiple areas within the Residence Life department. The Assistant Director works closely with Student Rights & Responsibilities, Special Events, Student Involvement, and is supervised by the Director of Residence Life.

Job Responsibilities

Residence Life Responsibilities

  • Lives on-campus, and serves in an on-call rotation
  • Supervises a team of 25 resident assistants, and 4 community advisors
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the residence life programming model
  • Development of on-going staff development opportunities for residence life team
  • Plan and execute student staff recruitment, selection, and training
  • Edits and Updates Residence Life website, dates, policies, contracts and staff training manual
  • Assist in the maintaining of and support of access system management including but not limited to: key audits and keyless access systems
  • Responsible for overseeing Residence Life programming efforts, including RA programming and budgeting
  • Troubleshoot incoming calls, emails, and student questions in the Residence Life office
  • Assist in housing assignments for new and returning students
  • Assist in running monthly all-staff meetings
  • Serve on departmental committees
  • Meet weekly with direct supervisor

Summer Conferences Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the Office of Special Events to execute summer camps and conferences.
  • Responsible for the coordination of housing assignments as pertaining to Summer Camps and Conferences
  • Be the point of contact for camps for any needs - troubleshoot, maintenance, etc. Including after hours, and weekend responsibilities
  • Oversee all preparation of keys, key cards, lanyards and other supply needs of groups
  • Be responsible for knowing, understanding, training, and executing all camp policies and emergency procedures associated with the camp.
  • Coordinate with Facilities to ensure all areas are clean, organized, and prepared for residential camps. Including turnover of buildings, and management of furniture.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise student-staff to assist in camp and conference execution.

  • Serve as trained Title IX investigator as needed
  • Participate in Faculty-Staff Judicial Board as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in education, counseling, or similar field preferred
  • Experience with Residence Life
  • Experience with academic coaching, counseling, mediation, and general helping skills
  • Experience with program development and execution
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Excellent organization and administrative skills
  • Experience with student-staff supervision, development, and training

Conditions of Employment

  • May not accept other employment on or off campus unless approved by Dean of Students
  • Must live on-campus (apartment and meal plan provided by Residence Life)
  • Reappointment is based on job performance and evaluation
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Preference Application Date: July 8, 2021

Start date: August 2, 2021


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.


Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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