The Area Director (AD) is a full-time, live-in position, primarily responsible for the effective and efficient execution of strategies and programs that enrich the residential experience at Colgate. The AD works closely the Residential Life Leadership Team and, when assigned to a Commons Area, a Residential Commons Leadership Team to build intellectually-engaging residential communities in which all students feel like they belong and have the opportunity to grow. ADs who oversee areas that fall within Residential Commons also work under the leadership of Commons Directors. The AD supervises live-in student staff in their respective areas, and may provide leadership for a part-time Fellow in a Residential Commons.
Provide support in the development and furthering of the departmental philosophy, mission, and programs by translating the mission, vision, and strategic goals in ways that impact and transform residential communities
Manage the facilitation of the community development and learning model in their area, which may include one-on-ones, event planning, community meetings, and other strategies
Provide accurate advice and guidance that actively supports the growth, maturity, and intellectual development of individual students and groups of students within assigned residential communities
Facilitate the administration of protocols and processes to address the needs of students of concern and to connect them with appropriate resources and support systems
Participate in the management of student behavior by responding to incidents, meeting with students, and applying appropriate sanctions as detailed in the University student handbook.
Resolve student conflict and conduct issues within assigned residential area (or broader when on-call), ensuring proper documentation of conduct issues
Ensure the development of a safe, welcoming, accessible, and fair environment that actively includes and engages everyone
Actively address issues and concerns that diminish the capacity for all students to feel like they belong and are able to engage in their respective communities
Maintain active engagement in your assigned communities by participating in events and programs and having a presence in each area
Serve as a role model of healthy engagement in the greater campus community
Provide leadership and support within assigned Residential Commons
Assist residents with concerns that are barriers to academic success and make appropriate referrals as required
Develop effective relationships with faculty, including assigned Residential Commons directors, in active implementation of living and learning objectives
Facilitate the development of residential communities that support and encourage intellectual pursuits and academic engagement
Advise the Commons Council in support of these goals
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a team of student staff in accordance with department expectations, goals, and established procedures
Participate in and plan on-going staff development and in-service activities for the purpose of continued training and opportunities for personal development for student staff
Advise departmental committees for student staff members and students.
Coordinate, maintain, and monitor the administrative and operational functions associated with the management of a residence hall (occupancy management, room condition, maintenance, technology, etc.).
Exercise judgement in effective day-to-day management of multiple housing facilities
Manage residence hall opening and closing procedures for all assigned areas
Facilitate regular health and safety inspections in each residential area
Ensure that all reported damages and problems with residential facilities are fixed within an appropriate time frame
Serve as a referral source for student staff during counseling and crisis issues
Provide crisis intervention along with necessary follow-up after an incident, working in coordination with other Residential Life staff, as well as professionals from the Counseling Center, Dean's Office, Campus Safety, and other areas as needed
Participate in scheduled professional staff on-call duty rotation
Manage the student staff on-call duty for assigned duty areas
Build and maintain collaborative relationships with others in Residential Life, Dean of the College, Facilities, Faculty, and the University community, creating opportunities for them to engage and be involved with students around their areas of expertise
Disseminate information regarding policies, conduct, administrative matters, and campus events to staff
Become familiar with central department processes and policies in order to accurately promote and communicate with campus partners, students, and families, cover central office on a rotating basis to ensure these constituents are met with a welcome and informative presence
Assist in assessment of student learning, student needs, and program effectiveness
Manage room assignment changes within assigned residential communities in partnership with the Housing Coordinator
Meet regularly with supervisor to review department goals, establish individual goals, assess progress and solve problems
Work with students, parents, co-workers, supervisor, department staff, and University staff from diverse backgrounds on a variety of issues
Communicate with parents, resolving concerns and addressing questions with care and support
Maintain accurate knowledge of occupancy and vacancy records in your residential communities
Facilitate weekly staff meetings and 1:1 meetings with assigned student staff
Participate in university committees as deemed appropriate by members of the Residential Life Leadership Team, supervisor, or Director
Model professional behavior appropriate for living in and among students
Other duties as assigned
- Candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and be capable of creating and maintaining productive and collegial working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors. - Must be available to work evenings, late nights and occasional weekends as required. - Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects, programs and student challenges simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency.
- A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is preferred. - Preference will be given to candidates who have college or university experience in crisis management, student conduct, student staff supervision and program design. - Experience with student activities and event planning preferred. - Experience working with faculty within the context of a learning community or similar program is highly desired. - Prior student intern, volunteer and/or professional supervisory experience is required. - Previous student leadership roles are required.
- A Bachelor’s degree is required. - A Master’s degree in higher education or related field is preferred.
As a requirement of the position to live-in, room and partial board are provided in the compensation package.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.
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