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Residence Director

Syracuse, NY, USA | Syracuse University

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
Job Description:
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The Residence Director is a 12 month, live-in position that is responsible for the management of a residential community, housing 250 to 1000 students. Reporting to an Assistant Director, the position will have responsibilities that include educational, managerial, and administrative functions to provide an environment supportive of the University’s mission and vision.

Qualifications

Educational Requirements: (minimum)

• Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education, or related field required.

Experience Requirements (minimum):

• Candidates should have previous residence hall or student advising experience and have confirmed skills in mediation, crisis intervention, problem solving, and decision-making. Also required is a demonstrated potential to supervise paraprofessional staff and experience in at least two of the following specialized areas: counseling, advisement, programming, student development, housing operations, residence hall safety and security, public relations, or summer programs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is preferred.

Other Relevant Experiences Considered:

• Candidates, who have other relevant experiences, including degrees in majors and minors that align with Learning Community concentrations, will be strongly considered.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Knowledge of student development, counseling and/or event management.

• Excellent written and verbal communication.

• Strong ability to handle multiple priorities and work across many different constituencies.

• Ability to support the development of an inclusive residence hall community.

• Ability to demonstrate cultural competency in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

Responsibilities

Residential Education & Learning Communities:

• Utilizes a residential curriculum framework to foster student learning, development and engagement. Assists RAs in assessing the needs of residents and developing floor programs to meet their needs. Advises student organizations, supported by theory and best practice. Advises students informally with regard to personal, social, and academic problems, and when necessary, makes appropriate referrals. Mediates a range of student conflicts including roommate agreements and concerns. Actively develops an environment, through dialogue and other educational means that encourages and fosters inclusive communities. Participates in the development and implementation of residentially based learning communities assigned to their building or complex. Works with specific learning community staff members to develop, implement, and attend Learning Community programs and Team Meetings. Participates in all departmental trainings and debriefings, including participating on inclusion focused book reads, discussions, and activities

Supervision:

• • Trains, supervises, and participates in the formal and informal evaluation process with anywhere from 8-12 paraprofessional staff in their assigned area. Depending on the area, the opportunity may exist to train, supervise and evaluate a full-time Coordinator for Residence Hall Operations or a Graduate Assistant. Holds regular hall staff meetings to disseminate pertinent information and one-on-one meetings with Resident Advisors and Assistant Residence Directors.

Crisis Response and Student Conduct:

• Communicates student’s rights and responsibilities and assists in adjudicating departmental and university code of conduct violations. Provides staff coverage, including emergency duty, during the course of the year including hall openings, closing, and university vacation days. Handles emergency situations utilizing crisis intervention skills and resources. Serves in an on-call rotation with other Senior Staff in their designated area encompassing approximately 1,800-2,500 students.

Managerial:

• Ensures that the hall staff has an operating knowledge of the procedures, policies, and practices essential to the effective functioning of the hall. Adheres to regular office hours (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) as well as afterhours commitments such as programs, meetings, and training. Manages their hall/complex by conducting weekly walkthroughs of their building and follow up with maintenance and custodial concerns. Manages the programming and operation budget for the hall and is an active participant in area meetings, departmental meetings and training programs.

Departmental Initiatives:

• Serves as a member or co-chair on departmental committees and will be assigned to work with one of three summer academic programs and/or summer school housing (SSUI, Summer College, or Summer Start). Additionally, the Residence Director will perform other related duties as assigned by the Assistant Director and/or Central Office Directors and Coordinators.

Professional Development:

• Takes an active interest in identifying and participating in his/her own professional development. Adheres to the Association of College and University Officers-International (ACUHO-I), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and America College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) ethical standards. Serves on University, Divisional, and Departmental Committees as requested. Exhibits the ability to engage in in-depth self-reflection and apply what he/she has learned to their professional and personal lives. Presents workshops and training sessions to staff and students

• Engages in professional development and learning specifically related to cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, and/or social justice

• Actively engages in cultural competency development. Determines, in partnership with supervisor, what learning goals and opportunities to take part in. Provides a summary of how learning is being incorporated into practice.


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