Associate Director of Student Life

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Student Affairs, Residence Life

JOB TITLE: Associate Director of Student Life

FLSA STATUS:  Salaried, exempt

DEPARTMENT: Student Life

REPORTS TO: Dean of Students

JOB STATUS: Full-time (at least 37.5 hours/week)


The Associate Director of Student Life (ADSL) is responsible for overseeing the housing and residential education, residential programming & event management, and supporting student organizations. The ADSL will serve as a conduct officer for the campus community.

The ADSL will establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and other community resources to promote inclusivity, student success, and development. As a member of the Student Success and Engagement Division, the ADSL will collaborate with colleagues to identify and remove institutional obstacles to student success and engagement and support the success of all students.


To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.




  • Supervise, train, and evaluate the Student Life Coordinator for Residential Education and Student Life Coordinator for Housing Operations. 
  • Support the training of the Student Life Graduate Assistants, Resident Assistants and student workers.

Administrative Tasks

  • Attend meetings on a weekly/biweekly basis including, but not limited to: Student Life staff meetings, professional development sessions, staff meetings, committee meetings, and meetings with students and supervisors.
  • In consultation with the Dean of Students, maintain housing contracts and agreements.  Track availability and occupancy, application processing, and housing data (historical and current).
  • Analyze concerns/situations, gather data and information, evaluate and recommend effective solutions with a tolerance for ambiguity and change.
  • Assist in the development, planning, and implementation of policies, guidelines, and procedures, and provide guidance regarding student issues, concerns, crises, and emergencies. 
  • Adjudicate student conduct cases as a Conduct Hearing Officer.

Programming and Advising

  • Design, assess, and implement programs for students that promote student involvement, contribute to a vibrant/active campus life and encourage student development, leadership development, organizational development, and interpersonal skills.
  • Negotiate contracts with agents, vendors, and performers while maintaining University policies and guidelines; serve as a signor of contracts for event planning in Student Life and for student organizations.
  • Advise students, student organizations, and event/program organizers.

Emergency and Crisis Response

  • Participate in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation as a professional back up to the staff.
  • Respond to emergency situations and assist in resolving resident and facilities concerns and needs.
  • Provide appropriate post-crisis referrals and follow-up with students and staff as needed.
  • Share responsibility in maintaining health, fire, and safety standards.

Campus and Community Partnerships

  • Work collaboratively with Enrollment Management on the marketing of the residential experience to prospective students.  Implement a strategy to fill the residence halls to maximize occupancy.  Support the design of three-year occupancy forecasts for the residence halls.
  • Serve as a liaison with Campus Safety to manage the safety and experience of residential students. 
  • Work collaboratively with the Student Success and Engagement Communication Specialist in the design and implementation of a comprehensive communication flow for resident students driving student engagement and awareness of campus opportunities.
  • Work collaboratively with the Student Success and Engagement Data Analyst to assess program effectiveness and establishment of student engagement goals

Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to articulate vision and leadership
  • Strong understanding and application of student development and leadership theory
  • Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to function in growing environment and work collaboratively
  • Night and weekend work required

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field required
  • Minimum of three years of progressively responsible residence life/student life experience
  • Supervisory experience required

A background screening is required.

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