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Resident Director/Coordinator of Residence Education

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA, USA

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Student Affairs, Residence Life
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  • 01-Oct-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Fort Valley, GA, USA
  • Full Time
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    FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (FVSU), a state and land-grant institution of the University System of Georgia, invites applications for the position of Resident Director /Coordinator of Residence Education in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

    Fort Valley State University, the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia, is a comprehensive institution that provides an education to over 2,800 students including graduate students. The university is located in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County, the original site of the state's peach industry. Its 1,365-acre (5.52 km2) campus is Georgia's second-largest public university in area.


    The Resident Director/Coordinator of Residence Education is a live-in professional who is responsible for the operation of a residence hall, housing up to 190 residents.  The Resident Director is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs focused on the best-practices in student housing as well as student development theory.  The positions reports to the Associate Director of Housing & Residential Life.  The position will supervise student resident assistants and some graduate staff.


    Listed below are both specific job duties of the position as well as minimum professional standards of all Housing & Residential Life employees.  These responsibilities encompass student and community development initiatives, both proactive and reactive, that directly influence the success of our residential students.  They also detail administrative responsibilities that are foundational to this success.  Finally, they delineate behaviors that connote professionalism and a commitment to the values of Fort Valley State University, the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, and the Office of Housing & Residential Life.

    Community Development

    • Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that foster a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another
    • Maintain a high level of visibility and availability, including attending community events, regularly touring the community, and interacting with residents
    • Know the residents and provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support and referral
    • Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to students' needs
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff stakeholders to implement programmatic opportunities, some of which may be connected with living/learning community themes
    • Serve as the advisor to hall student government boards

    • Supervise up to 8 resident assistants and possible 1 graduate assistant
    • Host weekly staff meetings to communicate upcoming events, discuss community concerns, and facilitate professional development experiences related to the overall student development goals of the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Housing & Residential Life
    • Conduct regularly scheduled one-on-one meeting with staff members
    • Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting student behavioral issues and concerns
    • Provide regular formal and informal feedback regarding job performance
    • Ensure that resident assistant duty procedures are followed
    • Oversee the implementation of programs and strategies the enable student achievement, success and engagement goals
    Student Conduct and Crisis Management

    • Review all incident reports and police reports (if available) for incidents that take place in the residence hall and/or involve residents living within the hall
    • Respond to residents in need, referring to other professionals, when appropriate
    • Adjudicate student conduct cases, track sanction completion, refer cases or ongoing situations of concern
    • Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the residence hall facility and/or community if on-call
    • Assume shared responsibility for on-call duty year round
    • Assist in emergency situations as needed
    • Implement all university, division and departmental rules, policies, and procedures
    • Provide programs and other proactive educational interventions to enhance good decision-making by residents
    Professional Development and Administration

    •  Perform administrative duties associated with summer projects and assignments
    • Maintain up-to-date student emergency contact cards
    • Report, track, and follow up on maintenance issues with appropriate housekeeping and facilities employees
    • Serve on departmental committees and initiatives
    • Administer student check-in, check-out, and room changes; assist with room condition reports and damage billing processes
    • Participate in departmental and division-wide professional development activities
    • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff member, both student and professional, for the department
    • Conduct environmental assessments of the entire residence hall and communicate any major issues to departmental leadership
    Coordinator of Residence Education

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Assist professional and para-professional staff in developing strong residential communities
    • Assist Assistant Director of Programming with Resident Assistant application, interview, and training processes
    • Assist with creating the opening and monthly training schedules for the Resident Assistants
    • Work to form strong relationships with students in residence to determine developmental needs
    • Assist the Director and Assistant Director with completing a needs assessment for the Department and implement appropriate interventions
    • Partner with other campus departments to offer programs and educational opportunities for resident students and staff
    • Create and manage departmental residential curriculum
    • Help the department develop living-learning opportunities and program-specific residential curriculum plans
    • Help to establish hall government and other leadership opportunities for students
    • Create and promote a learning centered, nurturing residential community
    • Work with other professionals within the department to determine a training and development program for Resident Assistants and Resident Directors
    • Collaborate with academic faculty to create engagement opportunities within the residence halls
    • Help define, articulate and promote the educational mission of the department to internal and external stakeholders
    • Have a strong commitment to student development

    Overarching Staff Expectations

    • Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
    • Practice ethical stewardship of university resources
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity
    • Create and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university
    • Assume an alternative summer assignment such as orientation, conference housing, staff training, environmental assessment and/or operations.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    This position requires a bachelor's degree with a master's preferred in education, college student personnel, counseling or human development, or a related field.  Successful candidates must be able to work with diverse populations and supervise staff.  The Resident Director must be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display a strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the university.  Individuals in this position must have the ability and willingness to assume shared responsibility for residence hall system-wide on-call duty and respond to crisis and emergency situations.  Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills are required.


    Post-baccalaureate experience in residence life, counseling, teaching, and living/learning environments is desired.  Strong administrative and counseling skills are utilized in this position.

    Working conditions

    • The incumbent will be required to live in the residence hall 12 months per year.
    Physical requirements

    Regularly required to sit and/or stand, use hands and fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear; lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

    • Occasionally lift 20 pounds overhead and 40 pounds from waist to shoulder
    • Specific vision abilities required include close, distant color visions, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
    • Noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate
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