Dutchess Community College — Director of Student Life

Director of Student Life

The Director of Student Life provides collaborative leadership for a broad array of residential and commuter student engagement and leadership programs. The Director is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe, healthy, and supportive environment focused on the educational, social, cultural, physical, emotional, and developmental needs of Dutchess Community College students through co-curricular programs. The Director manages the day-to-day operations of three major functions—student engagement and leadership, residential education, and student advocacy and training. This includes the development and implementation of programs and services to support the holistic development of students; create a safe living and learning environment; and linking students to faculty, staff, and community partners. The Director is responsible for student engagement, leadership and programming, student community engagement, student organizations, Student Government, and campus-wide programming; commuter student support; holistic residential experience; and collaboration with College departments to support student success.

Reports To: Dean of Students


Student Engagement, Leadership, and Success

  • Promote student involvement, engagement, and success by providing social, educational, and recreational programming that enhances co-curricular learning and the student experience.
  • Plan and implement Commencement.
  • Provide leadership for a comprehensive health, wellness, and advocacy co-curricular program.
  • Advise and support Student Government Association.
  • Develop partnerships with campus offices and community organizations to create social, social justice, recreational, and student engagement programs.
  • Coordinate student leadership development programs.

Residential Education and Commuter Life

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive residential and commuter life experience for students.
  • Serve as a key contact and respondent to residential emergencies and crisis situations.
  • Develop strong collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, and staff to increase and support the residential and commuter experience.
  • Provide oversight of residence hall including programming, housing operations, and collaborate with Facilities to ensure maintenance requests are completed.
  • Develop, implement, and educate students on policies and procedures relative to residential education.
  • Create opportunities for faculty and staff to engage within the residence halls.
  • Integrate student development theories into the development and implementation of programs designed to address the current needs of at-risk students in the residential environment.
  • Collaborate with Admissions to coordinate the dissemination of information and materials regarding Residential Education and Commuter Life (housing, engagement) areas.
  • Create programs, services, and marketing to increase occupancy.
  • In conjunction with various College offices and community entities establish a year-round program, which promotes residential facilities for summer, spring, and fall camps.

Administration and Supervision

  • Hire, train, supervise, mentor, and evaluate professional staff, student employees, and interns.
  • Management of budgets, hiring, annual reporting, and all administrative responsibilities of area.
  • Provide regular assessment/evaluation of areas of responsibility.
  • Provide stewardship and direction for use of the student activity fee and ensure student organizations are adhering to spending policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with Dutchess Community College Association to ensure compliance with fiscal policies.
  • Serve on institutional committees.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to develop, plan, organize, and implement programs that support student success within a fast-paced, innovative organizational structure. Exceptional communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, and decision-making skills are essential. The incumbent must be able to handle emergency situations, multiple tasks, facilitate strong teamwork, and be a good role model. The candidate must be able to manage multiple areas, organize resources, establish priorities, and allocate fiscal resources to support programs. This position requires excellent judgment, initiative, customer service, and responsiveness to student concerns.


  • Master’s degree required.
  • Five years relevant experience in student engagement, programming, or student advising; preferred at the assistant, associate, or director level.
  • Three years relevant experience in residential education.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Experience interacting with students, campus constitutions, and diverse populations.
  • Experience with budgets.
  • At least three years of experience with developing and implementing student success programs.
  • Ability to drive a DCC vehicle.
  • Availability to work occasional nights and weekends.

Benefits including health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation and sick time in accordance with the current faculty/staff contract.

Application Instructions:
Applicants for this position should submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing a proven ability to enhance student success, an understanding of working with a diverse population of students and colleagues, and a commitment to engaging with community partners to achieve shared goals.

To apply, go to www.sunydutchess.edu/employment

Applications from minorities, veterans, the disabled and all others are encouraged (AA/EOE).


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