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Assistant Director Student Life

Benedictine University
Arizona, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

Assistant Director Student Life

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Title: Assistant Director

Department: Student Life (Mesa)

Reports to: Director Student Life / Athletics (Mesa)

Status: Full-Time, Benefit Eligible

Location: Lisle Campus

Position Summary: The Assistant Director is responsible for the strategic direction, planning and development of a co-curricular Student Life program, which includes a residential living and learning experience, Student Activities, Student Clubs and Organizations. This position is responsible for the training, development, oversight, and mentorship of the Resident Assistants. This position is responsible for events and activities that add to the social climate, cultural experience, and co-curricular involvement of students. The Assistant Director collaborates with campus partners to enhance the student experience and support student success by fostering the delivery of programs and services that meet the holistic needs of an active community. This is a live-on position that includes room and board.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

1. Serve as the primary point of contact for programs, events and fundraising opportunities sponsored by student organizations. Develop, enforce and evaluate operational policies and procedures leading to consistent and efficient scheduling, support and administration of events. Consult with student leaders as necessary to help plan activities, identify operational needs, execute contracts, market programs and ensure compliance with business, development, auxiliary and facilities operations and policies. Account for organizational fundraising and operational expenses pursuant to university practices.

2. Plan, schedule and manage events supported by the Center for Student Engagement and Experience, including annual events, weekend programming and weekly highlighted programs. Identify and follow trends in the industry. Work with local businesses and entertainment vendors and agents to investigate opportunities, negotiate prices, execute contracts and prepare financial documents. Manage the associated budget, service agreements and other processes. Collaborate with University partners to maximize resources and support, as appropriate, to ensure a robust schedule of high quality events.
3. Work directly with RSA and Programming Board and work with the membership to plan, execute and evaluate a calendar of events during the academic year. Engage in strategic and operational planning and manage financial resources to ensure maximum use of available budget. Recruit and train members, conduct regular meetings, provide guidance to students in their decision making processes. Schedule dates and space, facilitate procurement of materials, contracts and internal permissions necessary for events. Oversee student planning, marketing, execution and evaluation of activities, and supervise events, as necessary.

4. Manage the administrative processes associated with the Resident Assistant staff, including recruitment, application, and selection processes; summer, mid-year and periodic training initiatives and informational sessions; monitoring of required office hours, duty logs and incident reports and creation of duty schedules. Ensure that selected staff meet or exceed expected standards. Develop, oversee, and evaluate training programs to ensure that staff demonstrate competency in the areas of facility management, safety and security, student conduct, housing policies and procedures, mental health awareness and program development. Supervise, mentor, and evaluate all Resident Assistants, both on an individual and group basis, to ensure that performance is consistent with housing policies, procedures, and objectives on an ongoing basis.

5. Serve as the primary Conduct Officer for all housing related policy violations. This includes holding students accountable and providing educational outcomes to assist and/or provide residents with better tools to make more informed decisions in the future. In collaboration with the student staff, Student Engagement personnel and other University partners, develop, implement, and oversee a residential co-curriculum that compliments classroom learning, reflects the institutional mission and Student Engagement values, furthers the goals of residential community living and enhances the student experience. Evaluate the effectiveness of co-curricular programming, including student learning outcomes achieved, student engagement in program initiatives and community building activities and persistence in residential living.

Other Functions:

1. Adherence to all Benedictine University and Division of Student Engagement policies and procedures. Work independently and creatively within established guidelines, while at the same time functioning as a member of a team.
2. Attend departmental and University related meetings and events.
3. Maintain self-control and poise; provide an example of conduct for faculty, staff, and students.
4. Work in coordination with University offices and departments to coordinate and facilitate Program needs, serve on University committees as needed.
5. Maintain high level of organization and ability to manage multiple tasks.
6. Maintain positive relationships with alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff.

Required Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's Degree Required

Experience: Experience in Student Affairs / Athletics. 1-5 years’ experience working in academic settings with diverse communities; 2 years project management work experience; experience leading collaborative teams.

Specific Skills: Microsoft Office, Outlook and Excel knowledge.

Specific Knowledge, Licenses, Certifications: No

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to touch, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

Use of computer screen, phone and customer service.
May require bending, or sitting for long periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

The following of campus specific guidelines for pandemic protocols are required.

Travel (If applicable): Yes

Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable): Yes

Working Conditions: Live-in position with normal office conditions. Flexibility in schedule to accommodate evening and weekend events is required.

Training: As a University employee you are required to complete all University-specific and/or OSHA related training to fulfill your job duties. Specific training will be conducted online or in person. Employees must complete all trainings required by Benedictine University.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The following of campus specific guidelines for pandemic protocols are required.

Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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