Student Engagement and Residential Living Specialist

Saint Joseph's College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Office of Student Engagement & Residential Living (SE&RL), within the Learning Division of the College and under the direction of Campus Life, has multiple opportunities for the Student Engagement and Residential Living Specialist position.


These positions are full time 11-month, live-on campus positions.  On-campus housing accommodations are provided year-round and an on-campus meal plan is provided during the scheduled Spring and Fall semesters. Evening and nighttime hours are expected with Resident Assistant (RA) staff meetings, responding to student issues, and attending student programs.  Staff are expected to work 35-40 hours a week and, working with the Director of Student Engagement and Residential Living, will create and set a balanced work schedule.  This is a highly visible role; Specialists develop relationships with students by maintaining a presence on campus within the residence halls, in common and dining areas, and at campus events.


The Specialist position is unique in that it has two shared core functions, and then “specialize” in a particular area of focus with student engagement and residential living.  The shared core functions include the following:


RA Oversight and Support: The Specialist provides guidance, support, and response to RAs surrounding student issues & concerns after hours by participating in on-call duty rotation with other live-on staff members. This role partners closely with colleagues (i.e. Campus Safety and/or Counseling Center) to manage incidents involving students, including but not limited to incidents regarding policy violations, mental health concerns, Title IX, etc.


Conduct Officer: This function requires conducting interviews and applying proper sanctions as outlined by the student code of conduct.  Specialists share this responsibility and rotate meeting attendance.


Specialized Areas of Focus


Orientation Programs

This position is responsible for providing dynamic and positive student experiences through the College’s Orientation Programs (New Student Orientation and New Student Move-In), oversight of multiple student clubs and club sports, and recreational programs.


Serve as Chair on the New Student Orientation Committee and work collaboratively with the committee that for summer programming;

Facilitate the hiring and training of the student Orientation Leaders staff;

Implement a dynamic move-in weekend program for new and returning students and their families including programming, promotion, and logistics;

Supervise RA staff in the area of RA residential hall programming;

Facilitates positive and productive communication between students, families, and other campus constituencies;

Maintain all departmental social media accounts with promotional activities and general information;

Produce a weekly newsletter for the entire student community promoting all departmental news, programming and events in collaboration with other campus programs;

Ensuring all departmental events are promoted in all other effect medias on campus


Student and Club Programming

This position is responsible for planning and leading student activities, events, trips, and other engagement related experiences, and serves as the primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board. 


Plan and produce engaging student activity programming throughout the semester including but not limited to entertainment, educational programming and off-campus experiences;

Supervise RA staff in the area of RA residential hall programming;

Plan and produce programming for the Residential Living area of campus themed to specific issues such as sexual assault and dating violence, health and wellness, community service, etc.;

Conduct surveys and meet with staff and students to solicit feedback for quality and meaningful campus programming;

Promote campus programmanging initiatives in a variety of effective outlets, including social media, marketing campaigns, etc.

Oversee the College’s themed housing areas including advising to the RA’s that reside in those locations;

Hire, train, and supervise SE&RL office student staff responsible for working the main front desk, staffing activities and programs, and serving as leaders of SE&RL trips and off-campus events.

Serve as a member of the New Student Orientation Program Committee and participate in day-of Orientation tasks as assigned;

Serves as the primary advisor to the Campus Activities Board

Ensures the Director and Associate Director are informed on the programming initiatives moving forward in the department;

Update & monitor departmental email accounts


Education & Experience


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, Master’s degree preferred

Previous student life experience (event management, advising) desired but not required

Conflict resolution and meditation experience in a collegiate setting is preferred


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Self initiative and the ability to work independently on projects

Works collaboratively with other team members and departments across campus

Able to provide effective, meaningful feedback and receive constructive feedback

Demonstrated critical thinking and analytical skills, with consideration to a broad perspective and potential impact

Ability to organize work in a productive manner

Mindfulness towards individuals differences, backgrounds, and experiences 

Presents a professional maturity; one that builds trust and relationships with appropriate boundary setting

Tolerates work related stress effectively and maintains self-control/professionalism


About Saint Joseph’s College 


Applicants must be willing to support the mission and core values of Saint Joseph’s College.    


Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students.  


In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions on campus and within local, regional, and global communities.    


In addition, Saint Joseph's College provides certificates and undergraduate and advanced degrees for thousands more working adults who reside throughout the United States and in more than 20 other countries through an online learning program. Learn more at  


Review of applications will begin immediately. Please complete our online application here: Please include your resume and cover letter, and read and sign the Pre-Employment Statement. In your cover letter, please identify which area of focus you are interested in.   


Saint Joseph’s College is an EEO employer.    


Specific questions may be emailed to: or call 207-893-7757.