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Associate Director of Residential Life

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Position Information

Position Title Associate Director of Residential Life
Department Housing and Residential Life
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Commensurate with education and experience.
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Chief Housing Officer/Director

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Associate Director provides leadership and strategic vision to, and is responsible for, the development of the residential life program grounded in student development theory and best practices for the residential curriculum and educational priorities that supports the mission, vision, and goals for the Division of Student Affairs and Advancement.

This is a full-time, 12-month, live-off position.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Provide development, management, leadership, and assessment of the residential life program responsible for the residential education and demonstrated commitment to promoting a community of advocacy and inclusion for over 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.
2. Directly supervises 7 full-time professional staff and indirectly supervises 60 student staff responsible for the residential life program.
3. Develop and implement a comprehensive ongoing professional development and training curriculum for student and professional staff.
4. Collaborate with various campus departments such as Academic and Community Conduct, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Public Safety and Police Services, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Activities, and Wellness to support student learning and academic success.
5. Partner with academic and administrative departments to create opportunities for connecting faculty and other staff mentors with the residential theme communities promoting the integration of curricular and co-curricular activities.
6. Monitor, refer, and coordinate student follow up on matters of conduct violations, academic difficulties, and behavioral concerns with our Early Intervention Team (CARE), Academic Intervention Team, Office of Academic and Community, and/or other campus partners.
7. Mentor, coach, and develop the students and advisors for the Inter-Residential Housing Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, IRHC Broomball, Wadsworth Hall Student Association, Douglass Houghton Hall Council, and McNair Hall Association encouraging student leadership, activities, advocacy, and governance.
8. Coordinate building operations meetings between Housing & Residential Life, Residential Dining Services, Residential Facilities Management, and the building specific residential student organization to encourage collaboration to provide exceptional student services.
9. Liaison with the Department of Public Safety and Police Services to oversee the officer-in-residence program.
10. Service in an on-call capacity and provide leadership in crises, and coordinate the 24-hours on-call system.
11. Manage and maintain the residential life programming budget and oversee the residential student organizations budgets.
12. Assist with the management of residential summer conference programs.
13. Teach one section of a college success first-year seminar course.
14. Serve on departmental, divisional, and University committees as required.
15. Work irregular hours due to the nature of the position.
16. Directly supervise 7 full-time professional staff, and indirectly supervise 60 student staff responsible for the residential life program.
17. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
18. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education (minimum requirements)
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling, or closely related field.
Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Three years minimum post-Master’s level student affairs experience with a strong preference for student housing experience.
• Experience supervising full-time professional staff.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Prior experience working with Maxient and/or Roompact.
• Experience working and developing learning communities.
• Demonstrated knowledge and expertise working with STEM students.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Experience developing collaborative interdisciplinary partnerships promoting the development of the residential community.
• Working knowledge of higher education laws and regulations.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Extreme attention to detail and ability to manage multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and facility in oral, written, and presentation communication skills.
• Demonstrated experience to work independently and collaboratively.
• Demonstrated willingness to work evening and weekend hours.
• Ability to legally operate a motor vehicle.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is an office setting within a residence hall. The work pace can be fast paced with competing demands for assistance from customers (students and parents), colleagues (members of the same department and external departments), and external agencies (vendors, contractors, and community groups). Requests for assistance are received daily through face to face contact, phone calls, faxes, traditional mail and email.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18062
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 03/05/2018
External Posting Date 03/05/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
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