Associate Director of Residence Life and Education
At Rhodes College, we aspire to graduate students with a life-long
passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to
translate academic study and personal concern into effective
leadership and action in their communities and the world. We will
achieve our aspiration through a college-wide commitment to our
Rhodes' rigorous approach to liberal arts and sciences inspires
students to discover and cultivate lifelong passions and make a
difference in the classroom, on campus, in the city of Memphis, and
worldwide. Simply put, our mission is to prepare students for life
and career, wherever those journeys take them.
The Division of Student Life plays an integral role in the
College's vision, values, and every member of the Division of
Student Life supports the delivery of a transformative student
The Associate Director of Residence Life & Education reports
directly to the Director of Residence Life. They support the
educational work in the residence halls by being responsible for
recruiting, selecting, and training approximately 50 student
resident assistants, developing and implementing a residential
learning model, and continuing the professional development of the
residential life professional staff. The Associate Director works
collaboratively with the Director in a highly interactive,
confidential, and fast-paced office environment to create a safe,
supportive, and inclusive community that engages residents in
fostering a living environment that inspires academic achievement,
student engagement, and personal development. In addition, the
Associate Director functions in a tiered, emergency on-call
rotation that includes evenings and weekends.
The Associate Director of Residence Life & Education's primary
responsibility is facilitating a culture of learning and personal
development for students through the residential learning model
that provides resources and education that encourages personal
growth and accountability, self-advocacy, and promoting a healthy,
safe, and inclusive community.
Job duties include but are not limited to the
Residence Education - Students:
Developing and implementing
a vibrant residential learning model that supports student success,
retention, learning, and personal development.
- Oversees and provides outreach programming to the residential
- Serves as a primary liaison for residential programming for the
- Works collaboratively and cooperatively with residence life
staff to provide outreach programming to the residential community
and training to the resident assistants.
- Develop and implement quality programming and services that
promote learning, personal/identity development, and academic
- Cultivate and maintain an inclusive, respectful, and civil
community environment that values and respects each person and
promotes the understanding and acceptance of individual differences
and cultural identities.
- Develops collaborative relationships with on-campus and
off-campus partners to establish and maintain residential
communities, contributing to student engagement in academic and
Crisis Management and Student Support:
- Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a Residence Life
- Recruit, select, train, supervise, and evaluate student support
staff. Provide daily supervision for 6-8 resident assistants
serving approximately 420 students.
- Ensures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and
- Prepares long- and short-range plans and training resident
- Manage and maintains the programming and office budgets and
monitor and report performance related to goals.
- Develops and implements a comprehensive personal development
program for a professional staff aligned with APCA/NASPSA and
ACHUO-I professional competencies and CAS Standards.
- Collects data and develops and implements a residential
learning model assessment plan to evaluate student learning
outcomes and satisfaction.
- Serves on various campus committees.
- Regular on-campus work is required in a high pace setting.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence
- Serve in the on-call rotation for crisis intervention and
emergency assistance in coordination with Residence Life,
Counseling Center, and Student Life on-call staff.
- Participate in the efforts of the C.A.R.E. Team to determine
the appropriate response to concerning behaviors and manage the
care plan selected by the care team.
- Conduct prompt, equitable, and impartial conduct investigations
related to alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and
other College policies.
- Work collaboratively with Campus Safety, Community Standards,
Counseling Center, Academic Learning & Resources, Physical
Plant, Student Engagement, and other student life departments to
provide exceptional student assistance.
- Advocate for and support students, especially in a crisis and
urgent situations, by hearing concerns and complaints,
communicating appropriately with family members/guardians, and
creating a plan for coordinated care with appropriate campus
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree, preferably in
college student personnel, student affairs, higher education
administration, or counseling.
- Five (5) years of full-time experience in higher education
- Demonstrated leadership skills are required.
- Must be student-centered and accessible, with the ability to
work cooperatively and effectively with students and their
families, faculty, and staff.
- Must exhibit professionalism and diplomacy in working
effectively with diverse constituencies.
- Demonstrated ability to organize numerous projects requiring
attention to detail and consistently meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
- Able to work independently in a highly productive and
- Extensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and
policies; Proven leadership in risk management; Knowledge and
experience with College policies and legal issues in higher
- Ability to provide consultation and coach staff, faculty, and
- Ability to mediate and use problem-solving skills.
- Ability and experience in investigating and responding to risk
management and wellness concerns.
- Ability to provide perspective and utilize a proactive style of
leadership that encourages teamwork and interaction.
- Excellent written and communication skills; Full competence in
computer software packages for the office environment.
- A thorough understanding of the organizational management of
student affairs/life, including partnership building with students,
faculty, staff, parents, and the community.
- Demonstrate understanding of student services and deep
commitment to connecting a college community's curricular and
- Ability to work with a culturally diverse population, promoting
a campus climate of inclusion and participation by all
- Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills and the
ability to deal with complex and sometimes sensitive issues.
- Commitment to the vision and values of the College.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships across
campus and interact effectively and respectfully with students,
faculty, staff, and families.
A complete application includes a cover letter and a resume.
Rhodes offers an excellent benefits package and a great working
environment. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment
to diversity in the workforce.