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Assistant Director for Residential Life

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Type: Full-time
Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT
Categories: Staff

Overview: The Office of Residential Life (ORL) at Quinnipiac University is seeking applications for an Assistant Director. In this role, you will serve as a member of the residential life senior leadership team and report directly to the Director of Residential Life. The Assistant Director oversees a residential community of approximately 1500 students. The ORL supports dynamic co-curricular learning and engagement for all undergraduate students living on-campus. It partners closely with colleagues across the Division of Student Affairs and with University-wide departments (including CARE, Health and Wellness, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Facilities, Campus Life and Religious Life) on a wide variety of campus programs and initiatives. More specifically, the ORL develops inclusive programs and policies that foster community, promote citizenship and provides students with a residential experience that is a significant component of their education at QU. Primary areas of responsibility include development and implementation of the Residential Curriculum, Living-Learning Communities, partnerships with faculty, staff supervision, staff training, student development, administration, student conduct, and crisis response.
About Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 7,000 full-time undergraduate and 3,000 graduate and part-time students in 100 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report's America's "Best Colleges" issue. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review's "The Best 380 Colleges." Quinnipiac has been named a "Great College to Work For" as determined by a comprehensive industry survey. For more information, please visit An education at Quinnipiac embodies the University's commitment to preparing graduates for 21st century careers and citizenship, creating an inclusive, excellence-driven community, nurturing and positively impacting internal, local and global communities and fostering lifelong connections and success. The University believes in educating a diverse student body to become valued and contributing members of their communities through vital and purposeful educational programs. Students engage with real-world issues through practice and considering different perspectives. The University's innovative curriculum further prepares undergraduate and graduate students to understand their roles and responsibilities as members of the Quinnipiac community as well as the larger national and global communities.
  • Provide leadership for the first year residential cohort/community
  • Supervise and evaluate up to 6 professional Residence Hall Directors
  • Establish and maintain expectations of staff members
  • Indirectly supervise up to 50 paraprofessional (RA) staff members
  • Assist in the development and implementation of ORL goals, policies, and procedures
  • Ensure staff have knowledge of procedures, policies, and practices essential to the effective functioning of the residence halls
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection and training of professional and paraprofessional staff
  • Be knowledgeable regarding the trends, research  and best practices for first year students
  • Utilize the characteristics of high impact practices in the development and implementation of the residential curriculum
  • Develop learning goals and educational plans relevant to first year students
  • Participate in New Student Orientations, Admissions’ Days and other events to help recruit new students and their families
  • Professional and Paraprofessional Training
    • Plan and implement training and development for professional and paraprofessional staff
    • Chair the paraprofessional (RA) training committee
    • Design and implement an onboarding program for new professional staff
    • Develop, review, revise, and distribute RHD and RA staff manuals
  • Provide leadership for the recruitment, program development, and assessment of all Living Learning Communities
    • Assist with promoting and marketing the LLCs
    • Assist with designing and implementing the training for faculty affiliates and staff working with LLCs
    • Track the Residential Curriculum programs and activities and be responsible for the assessment of LLCs
  • Collaborate with campus and faculty partners to enhance best practices for supporting students
  • Coordinate student room changes for first year residential area
  • Participate in the on-call duty rotation with Senior Staff
  • Investigate and resolve student and parent concerns
  • Serve on department, divisional, and university-wide committees as assigned
  • Partner with the Office of Facilities to oversee maintenance of first year residential facilities
  • Manage budgets for the first year area
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, and regional professional associations (as needed)
  • This position is an essential employee related to weather, or other emergencies and may be required to come to campus when the University is closed
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned
Education Requirements:
  • Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of current work experience in residential life at a college or university
  • Well-developed supervisory and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Advanced knowledge of student development and a strong commitment to Residential Life and Student Affairs
  • Strong customer service focus, communication, writing skills, and ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Experience working in a diverse, fast-paced, student-centered service environment
  • Innovative problem-solving ability
  • Well-developed interpersonal and presentation/public speaking skills
  • Ability to collaborate with stakeholders and work positively and productively with parents, faculty, staff and community members
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Excel, and Publisher), Adobe Suite, Social Media, and web-based marketing programs
  • Must be available to work nights, weekends, and provide holiday coverage
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion throughout the University community and welcomes candidates who enhance that diversity.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.

Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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