Associate Director of Residence Life

Saint Paul, Ramsey County
Mar 26, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life

Job Summary

The Associate Director of Residence Life provides leadership with the Director in the direction and administration of the University's residence life system housing 2500 students. This position hires, trains, supervises and evaluates five full-time professional staff, three .5 FTE staff, and seven graduate student employees; manages student conduct for residential students; oversees summer conferences, billing and staffing; collaborates in the creation and coordination of comprehensive leadership training for student staff; co-coordinates a division-wide student leadership selection process; co-coordinates hall operations and renovations; represents Residence Life on a university-wide student support committee (FLAG); co-advises Hana, a multicultural student organization on campus; and responds to emergency situations on campus.


Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Leadership in Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education or related field.

Significant Student Affairs experience and experience working in a residence life setting.

Knowledge of: Codes and regulations related to the work; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; basic principles of behavior management; crisis intervention, counseling and mediation principles and techniques; computer applications related to the work; principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations.

Skill in: Building supportive relationships with students and crisis intervention skills; interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws, codes and regulations; maintaining accurate records of work performed; understanding and following oral and written directions; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; dealing successfully with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; to sit, walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; to be mobile in a residence hall that may not be handicapped accessible; to frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.