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Associate Director of Residence Life and Education

Rhodes College
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 7, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title:

Associate Director of Residence Life and Education


Residence Life

Job Description:

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 vision.

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 experience.

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 following:

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 community.
  • Serves as a primary liaison for residential programming for the campus community.
  • 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 success.
  • 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 community involvement.

Administrative Responsibilities: A student-centered residential community.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a Residence Life Coordinator
  • 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 policies.
  • Prepares long- and short-range plans and training resident assistants.
  • 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 Life.

Crisis Management and Student Support:
  • 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 partners.

Job Requirements:
  • 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 administration.
  • 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 required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Able to work independently in a highly productive and fast-paced environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and policies; Proven leadership in risk management; Knowledge and experience with College policies and legal issues in higher education.
  • Ability to provide consultation and coach staff, faculty, and administration.
  • 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 co-curricular spheres.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population, promoting a campus climate of inclusion and participation by all students.
  • 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.



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