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Director of Residence Life

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Susquehanna University
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Selinsgrove

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Director of Residence Life

About Susquehanna:
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.


Position Summary:
Job Summary
The Director of Residence Life will report directly to the Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students and provide overall vision, leadership, and administrative direction to the residential experience for students including residence life, housing, student conduct and behavioral intervention. The Director is responsible for administering all aspects of the residence life program including housing operations, community development, crisis response, planning and assessment, budget management, and annual reports. The Director is an active member of the student life leadership team, providing strategic planning and leadership to the division and manages and participates in the on-call system in collaboration with campus safety, the counseling center, and student health center. This position is required to live on campus and the housing provided is a four-bedroom house.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Serve as the chief housing officer with responsibilities that include coordinating all housing processes; maximizing and managing residential population; and facilitate data management.
  • Manage a departmental staff that includes an associate director of residence life, two area coordinators, community standards specialist, administrative assistant, and student staff including senior community assistants, residence assistants, and operational assistants.
  • Work directly with the residential experience team to coordinate all processes for housing and conduct; manage residential population and facilities; and facilitate data management for residence life.
  • Develop a residential community, partnering with faculty to advance student learning and support the university's academic mission.
  • Maintain a visible presence within the department and division and provide a frequent presence in all residential communities.
  • Manage the annual renewal of the student handbook, the code of student conduct, residence life documents and other policies.
  • Serve as a key member of the CARE Team (behavioral intervention), providing wellness checks and case management type of assistance to students of concern.
  • Collaborate with the Crisis Management Team in training and preparation of staff in emergency preparation and crisis management, providing leadership in times of individual student crisis situations and larger campus crisis moments.
  • Oversee afterhours on-call professional staff and student operational assistance, providing on-call assistance as needed; work directly with the department of campus safety, counseling center, health center, and facilities on appropriate follow-up.
  • Live on campus and participate in the on-call duty rotation.


    Required Qualifications:
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    Demonstrated ability in developing, leading, and assessing culturally inclusive residential programs with focus on living and learning communities; sophistication with recruiting, educating, and managing all levels of professional and student employees; experience working collaboratively on strategies for the development of student well-being including student conduct responses, prevention programming, and Title IX.; skilled at crisis and emergency planning, management, and response; demonstrated experience with housing assignment, occupancy management and other processes; strong technical skills and knowledge of data-base management systems; excellent interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences; experience in assessment including developing learning outcomes and using data to evaluate and adjust programmatic functions or services

    Education
    Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or related field required.

    Experience
    Five years of progressive and transformative leadership experience in residence life, student conduct, housing operations or similar fields required.

    Physical Demand
    Position requires the ability to move about the campus, sometimes frequently throughout the work day. Position requires the ability to give and to receive instruction. Position requires the ability to communicate synchronously in person and by phone and asynchronously via email and other electronic means. Position requires the ability to read printed and handwritten text on paper and computer monitors. Working conditions are primarily indoor. This position requires occasional night and weekend hours.


    Preferred Qualifications:


    Special Instructions to the Applicant:


    Benefits Eligible: Yes
    Number of Months: 12 months
    Other Number of Months:
    Full-Time/Part-Time:
    Work Schedule/Hours per Week:
    Posting Date: 05/13/2021
    Closing Date:
    Open Until Filled: Yes
    Anticipated Start Date:
    Posting Number: AH00732

    To apply, visit https://jobs.susqu.edu/postings/2342

  • Organization

    Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. About 2,200 undergraduates come from 32 states and 15 countries.

    The university is located in Selinsgrove, Pa., a town of about 5,000 situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of the state capital, Harrisburg. The campus is about 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountain recreational areas, and about a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

    Founded in 1858 by Lutherans, Susquehanna University welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is a community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents.

    Students may enroll in one of two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A Susquehanna education is distinguished by a strong liberal arts program enhanced by equally strong professional programs in areas such as business, education and communications. Degrees are offered for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science.

    Susquehanna University is recognized in several guidebooks to selective colleges, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges includes Susquehanna among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices—more than 50 major emphases, 45 minors and 850 courses. Susquehanna offers a challenging Honors Program for exceptional students and emphasizes experience-based learning, including internships, study-abroad semesters and award-winning community service programs.

    Small classes and a student-faculty ratio of about 13 to 1 offer students personal attention and challenging opportunities. Student participation and team learning are encouraged, as is faculty-student research that exposes students to current, practical applications in their field of study. Students are offered extensive opportunities for involvement and leadership in university life. They can choose from more than 100 student organizations, 23 intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural and club sports and a full schedule of lectures, concerts, films, plays and social events.

    Susquehanna's strong academic and career advising programs have led to strong post-graduation success. Typically, 94 percent of the graduating class is working full time or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months.

    Diversity Profile: Susquehanna University

    Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

    As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

    Affirmative Action - Susquehanna University is committed to making every effort to enhance the diversity of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The hiring process is important to achieving our strategic goals to recruit and retain staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the affirmative action process, we work together to ensure a diverse community while remaining diligent in our commitment to selecting the most qualified candidate for open positions.

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    Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

    As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

    In the classroom, on the campus and beyond

    We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

    A diverse and vibrant campus community fosters relationships marked by mutual curiosity and respect. Students, faculty and staff are supported in these relationships by the Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Residence Life, and the Bias Response and Education Team.

    The university also understands its physical and emotional connection to residents of the Susquehanna River Valley. Arts and educational events open to the community create possibilities for healthy dialogue regarding difference. Relationships built through interaction and dialogue with the greater Selinsgrove community serve to broaden and enhance the community in which we live and learn.

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