The Assistant Director - Student Life will work as a member of the Greystone campus to develop programs and activities that enhance the student experience and support the mission of the college. Specifically, this individual will provide leadership and management for programs in the areas of student government, residence life, academic affairs, counseling services, student clubs/activities, and school wide events and traditions. Our goal is to foster a community of students who explore, collaborate and engage with the CIA community. The Assistant Director will oversee compliance of student affairs for the Greystone campus through close collaboration with the Department of Student Affairs located at our main campus in Hyde Park, NY.
• Provide oversight and direction for the comprehensive operation of the residence halls to promote an environment which encourages productive community living, personal development opportunities for residents, and an atmosphere conducive to physical comfort and academic achievement.
• Develop and oversee policies and regulations relating to residence hall life. This includes the enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct and the implementation of disciplinary action for violations of the Student Code of Conduct and residence hall rules and regulations; conduct follow up disciplinary interviews and assign sanctions, such as demerits, fines and community service where merited.
• Responsible for adjudication of all student disciplinary matters, academic and non-academic in nature, arising from incidents that occur on and off school property; train, advise and consult with the residence hall staff in the administration of the Code of Student Conduct and the disciplinary process for violations that occur in the residence halls.
• Supervise the activities and responsibilities of the Director - Residence Life, including the development and implementation of staff policies for the full-time student Resident Assistant staff. Review all Safety and Residence Life incident reports and coordinate the appropriate follow up conducted by the Residence Director; monitor consistency and assignment of all sanctions for student conduct violations. Work with Safety Department on all matters pertaining to student safety and security.
• Establish and maintain relationships with all departments, divisions and staff members at the college that interact with students. Provide support to staff in regard to crisis response/critical incident management.
• Manage degree and certificate program orientation for first and fourth semesters, and plan and oversee execution of graduation exercises.
• Provide counseling and advising for students on a variety of collegiate and personal issues. Work with faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and community personnel to resolve student concerns and needs. Coordinate and direct informal/formal student complaints. Collaborate with Human Resources and Academic Affairs when appropriate.
• Assume responsibility for residence hall budget expenditures for the residence halls programming. Manage student web portal content to ensure accurate and timely student communications. Create and implement student communications plans using various sources to increase student satisfaction. Coordinates publicity and marketing materials needed to promote student activities. Coordinate with alumni affairs office to grow relationships with the college for recent graduates. Maintain social media presence
• Participate in college-wide committees or task forces. Serve as international student advisor on campus and support international students with special programming and orientation, as needed. Serve as Designated School Official for SEVIS in order to manage and troubleshoot M1 and F1 visa process.
• Provide oversight and direction for all student clubs, functions, sports, organizations and the Student Government Association in accordance with the mission of the CIA. Plan, organize, contract, implement, supervise and attend all events sponsored by the Student Activities Office. Co-advise Student Council.
• Assist the Director – Education Administration with the development and monitoring of departmental budgeting. Provide direction and day-to-day supervision for all direct reports.
• Participate in interdepartmental committees, as assigned. Perform of all other duties as required.
• Master’s degree, preferably in Higher Education Administration or related student affairs areas.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for overseeing a diverse student population at a residential college.
• Experience developing and implementing student events and activities, student governance, student leadership development and engagement, budget management, and providing student counseling and advisement.
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with multiple teams across the organization to respond to student needs.
• Must be able work independently with accountability at multiple levels of the organization.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, as well as the ability to work effectively with a variety of web-based information systems.
• Excellent planning, organizational and project management skills with the ability to excel when working and communicating with college age students.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both in oral and written form using a variety of communication techniques and tools to ensure the appropriate flow of information, collaborative efforts, and feedback.
WORKING CONDITIONS (IF APPLICABLE)
• Must be able to work some evenings and weekends, particularly during residence hall move-in days and student orientations.
Respect for diversity is a core value of The Culinary Institute of America, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to fostering a diverse learning and working environment.