State University of New York at Oswego — Community Development Specialist

The Department of Residence Life and Housing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a twelve-month live-on position as a Community Development Specialist (CDS). 

Posting Date:  November 7, 2018

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Compensation:  Starting salary is $47, 256, furnished apartment is provided and meal plan provided for the Community Development Specialist and immediate family/qualifying domestic partners when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: or 

Date of Appointment:  On/around January 2, 2019

Description of Responsibilities:  The Community Development Specialist (CDS), a mid-level manager, is responsible for supervision of live-in residence hall staff in assigned residence halls/apartments, with a combined population of approximately 1200 residents, as they execute departmental objectives, assess their effectiveness, identify areas in need of improvement and implement changes as appropriate.  The CDS’s work schedule is intended to provide a presence during peak student contact hours, including evenings and weekends.

In addition, the Community Development Specialist will be expected to display a commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree by time of appointment.
  • Minimum of two years full-time post-master’s experience as a live-in professional with direct responsibility for supervision of college residence halls. 

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Effective supervisory, communication and organizational skills.
  • Experience educating students within a student conduct process.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the need for regular interaction with students and staff.
  • A commitment to assisting students in achieving academic and personal success.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, copies of unofficial transcripts of all degrees showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

Incomplete candidate files will not be considered.  Official transcripts by time of appointment. 

Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:  

Renee Landers-Jennings, Search Co-Chair


Sara Rebeor

Description of Department:  The Department of Residence Life and Housing at SUNY Oswego is a leader in developing a premier residential environment where students are actively engaged in their learning experience.  Our environment places student learning and success at the center of all our formal and informal programs, policies, procedures, and physical facilities.  Our department encourages collaboration with other students, faculty, and staff in and out of the classroom to enrich the learning experience.  Furthermore, our programs are directed to enhance students’ capacity and aspirations for growth intellectually, socially, aesthetically, interpersonally, and physically.  The Department purposefully and intentionally provides programs and experiences that will offer our residential students a comparative advantage among college graduates.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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