Northern Kentucky University — Associate Director of Residence Life

Position Description:
Northern Kentucky University is seeking an Associate Director of Residence Life for University Housing at Northern Kentucky University. Reporting to the Director of University Housing, the Associate Director provides leadership for the area of residence life, which also incorporates aspects of campus partnerships, learning-living communities, assessment and evaluation, and enrollment management and retention. This individual works closely with the Director to develop a residential environment that promotes personal and academic growth for students. This position supervises one Assistant Director of Residence Life and indirectly or directly supervises five Residence Hall Directors, four graduate-level Assistant Residence Hall Directors, and indirectly supervises up to 64 student staff (Resident Assistants.)

Responsibilities for residence life include: the development and implementation of a quality student life program for 2,000+ students; recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and professional development of undergraduate, graduate, and full-time professional staff; multicultural/intercultural programming; leadership development; academic support initiatives; management of budgets; and coordination of the student conduct process.

Responsibilities for coordination of the student conduct process include: being a liaison and partner with the Dean of Student’s Office and Student Conduct, Rights, and Advocacy, related to the student conduct process; training University Housing hearing officers on proper policies and procedures; serving as the appeal officer for University Housing student conduct cases; and managing the residential student conduct caseload and database for all University Housing student conduct hearing officers. The Associate Director of Residence Life will also serve as the primary departmental representative to the University’s Students of Concern (SOC) team.

Responsibilities for campus partnerships and learning-living communities includes: developing partnerships with constituents across the University, forming lasting relationships with integrated campus partners through learning-living communities and learning initiatives; and developing, refining, and maintaining learning-living communities in partnership with faculty, staff, and other University offices.

Responsibilities for assessment and evaluation include: the design and execution of a comprehensive assessment and evaluation plan for Residence Life that gauges student satisfaction and growth based on established learning outcomes.

Responsibilities for enrollment management and retention include: tracking retention statistics gathered through assessment methods and making necessary programmatic changes; developing a residential education model/curriculum designed to give students the tools to matriculate at NKU; representing the department at campus events; and updating material related to residence life on the departmental website, in conjunction with other University Housing staff.

Primary Responsibilities             

  1. Supervision of Assistant Director of Residence Life, Residence Hall Director(s), Assistant Residence Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants. Provide on-going training and development for residence life professional and paraprofessional staff. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of all professional, graduate, intern, and undergraduate residence life staff.
  2. Develop and implement a residential learning model/curriculum focused on community engagement, cultural competence, academic success, and leadership to enhance the development of community in the residence halls and apartments. Prepare unit goals and objectives for residence life and enrollment management. Assist the Director of University Housing with strategic planning.
  3. Oversee daily administrative hall operations including, but not limited to, occupancy management, room inspections, and duty schedules. Coordinate the collection of various data such as crime statistics, department annual report data, retention, and quality of life survey data. Track, reconcile, and submit scheduled reports for residence life and enrollment management operations.
  4. Manage the budget for residence life, including responsibility for 7 university-issued credit cards and oversight of spending procedures and processes.
  5. Develop, cultivate, and steward relationships with campus partners in the development of new academic initiatives in University Housing and maintain and improve learning-living communities. Collaborate with departments to develop new programs and initiatives that support student life. Specifically work with International Student and Scholar Services, Latino Programs & Services, and African-American Programs & Services, and the Office of First Year Programs to assist with the recruitment and retention of under-represented students.
  6. Serve as the principle judicial officer within University Housing regarding the enforcement of policies, hear all appeals, and maintain judicial files for the department.
  7. Serve as the primary emergency contact for the Residence Hall Director staff, University Police, and facilities staff after hours, in a rotation with other departmental leadership. Serve as the primary contact for parent and family concerns related to residence life.
  8. Review University Housing policies and procedures and ensure that all publications related to Residence Life are current and accurate. Supervise the development of policies and procedures related to student organizations associated with University Housing and oversee the advisement of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).
  9. Serve on University committees and attend professional conferences as a representative of the department. Assume responsibility for the department in the Director’s absence and as directed.
  10. Accept and perform all other duties and projects as assigned by the Director of University Housing, as appropriate and as directed.

Master’s Degree, five years professional post-master’s Housing/Residence Life Experience, two years of live-on Housing/Residence Life experience, three years experience supervising full-time professional Housing/Residence Life staff.

Equivalent experience includes a Master’s Degree, 7-10 years of professional experience in Housing/Residence Life, including 2 years of live-on Housing/Residence Life experience, and three years supervising full-time professional Housing/Residence Life staff.

Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or Counseling strongly preferred.

Preferred qualifications include experience designing or implementing a residential curriculum, attendance/participation in the Residential Curriculum Institute/Institute for the Curricular Approach, Experience with crisis management and mitigation, Experience developing professional staff, Experience working with students and parents in challenging situations, and Experience documenting process and policy.

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