Ithaca College - Ithaca, NY

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Residence Directors are responsible for the overall coordination of the student development and housing component of one to four residence halls and/or apartment complexes accommodating 300-700 students. Specific duties include selecting, training, and supervising 11-15 Resident Assistants; coordinating and implementing programs; enforcing College regulations; serving as a judicial hearing officer; overseeing one or more Residential Learning Communities or First-Year Residential Experience ( FYRE ) halls; chairing departmental committees; and providing personal counseling. Residence Directors may also participate in an auxiliary work assignment in another office within Student Affairs after one year of employment.

The appointment is a twelve-month, live-in position. Summer assignment in Orientation, Room Assignments, Summer Conferences, Operations, or Staff Development is required. Compensation is competitive and includes a furnished apartment, full meal plan during the academic year, and benefits package. The appointment is effective July 29, 2013.

Position/Job Responsibilities
1. Supervise undergraduate students working as Resident Assistants in College residence halls and/or on-campus apartments.

2. Work to implement goals and priorities as outlined in the departmental master plan including student development and operations components, in assigned residence halls. Provide leadership for Resident Assistant staff in setting goals for the year.

3. Recruit, select, and train Resident Assistants; monitor work performance for accuracy and completeness in accordance with Department and College goals and objectives; ensure compliance of staff with established Residential Life policies and procedures.

4. Chair/co-chair and serve on departmental committees.

5. Provide leadership for Residential Learning Communities and/or the First Year Residential Experience, if applicable.

6. Develop and implement in-staff training and development programs in conjunction with Area Coordinator.

7. Evaluate the performance of various Residential Life staff members including Resident Assistants, colleagues, supervisor and committee members on a regular basis and during the yearly departmental evaluation process.

8. Serve as primary personal counseling resource for staff and students in dealing with specific residence hall problems including roommate conflicts, personal and emotional problems, diversity issues, and other developmental concerns. Be cognizant of the special needs and concerns of minority students and initiate programming and other efforts in the halls to address these needs and concerns.

9. Develop a familiarity with campus and community resources to ensure timely, efficient referrals when appropriate.

10. Establish and maintain communication with students living in the residence halls through individual contacts, meetings, and discussions. Serve as a mediator/facilitator when necessary to provide resolutions for interpersonal conflicts between students. Coordinate implementation of roommate agreement and community agreement and work with RAs to establish community standards.

Position/Job Responsibilities continued

Position/Job Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and previous graduate or professional Student Affairs experience required. Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities are required. The incumbent will also be required to live in the residence hall 12 months per year. Master’s degree in Student Personnel or related field and/or previous graduate or professional work experience in Residence Life preferred.

Department description
The Ithaca College residence hall system houses approximately 4,400 students in 27 residence halls and two on-campus apartment areas. The staff in the Offices of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs is committed to the overall growth, development, and education of students. We are seeking candidates with a commitment to student development and a desire to be a part of a strong and dynamic Residential Life program.

Instructions for submitting your application:
Interested individuals should apply online at, and attach a letter of interest addressed to Chair, Residence Director Search Committee, a resume, and a list containing the contact information for three professional references. Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit your application no later than March 1, 2013. Initial interviews to be held at the Western NY placement Exchange, ACPA National Conference or The Placement Exchange, and via the phone.

EEO Statement
Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

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